“You cannot exercise your office (as an ordained clergy) unless you have the majesty of God ever in front of your eyes,” said the Rev. Tyler Prescott in his sermon at the ordination of Luke Deman, Will Klauber, Newman Lawrence and Corey Prescott to the Transitional Diaconate on Saturday, May 25 at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul in Charleston.
Bishop Mark Lawrence, the 14th Bishop of South Carolina who ordained the men, said, “This in my experience is the more traditional way to ordain candidates to the diaconate and priesthood—all together with clergy and laity from around the diocese coming to seek God’s anointing upon those who have been sent out from various congregations for further training—and now in the midst of the gathered assembly set apart to the sacred order within Christ’s Church.”
“It was such a powerful day,” said the Rev. Luke Deman, who will be serving at his sending church, one of the Diocese’s newest church plants, St. Timothy’s, Cane Bay. “It’s difficult to choose one thing that stands out. It was a culmination of this journey that I and the other seminarians have been on together for three years. We went through the Commission on Ministry together, a season of prayer, discernment, preparation and training. Then, to stand side-by-side and be ordained at the same time was such a blessing. That moment when the Bishop takes your face in his hands and he’s pressing down on you ordaining you – I’ve really never experienced anything like it. Then to have friends and family, people who have been a part of that journey from both near and far come and be a part of it. It was such a privilege – so humbling. The whole thing was an experience I’ll never forget.”