According to Universal Ministries, ordination is the process by which men and women of God are consecrated. To perform various religious rites and ceremonies, you must be ordained through some legal church that accepts you as a spiritual leader within their organization. Ordained individuals are considered worthy of spiritual respect or devotion.
Because ordination is such a spiritually weighty decision, honoring ordination anniversaries is a more than appropriate exercise. All it takes is discovering the date of a pastor, priest or bishop’s ordination ceremony and planning a special celebration to commemorate the day.
Instead of honoring an ordination ceremony, you can choose instead to celebrate an affirmation of faith “anniversary.” Quite simply, you can celebrate the day a pastor or other member of the ministry chose to devote their life’s work to God. You can even choose to honor the day a ministry leader first embraced his or her faith!
True Grace Ministries has published a collection of prayers considered Affirmations of Faith. A Profession of Faith is published below.
We believe there is one God, whose nature is love; revealed in one Lord Jesus Christ, by one Holy Spirit of grace.
We believe the authenticity, genuineness, and inspiration, of the Holy Scriptures; that both the Old and New Testaments contain the revealed will of God and that the Bible is the supreme written authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
We believe that Jesus is the Son of the Living God. He came in the flesh, died for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures.
We believe, that holiness and true happiness are inseparably connected; and that believers should do that which is right, and strive to maintain order, and practice good works, for these things are good and profitable to all people.
If you want to see how some parishes honor ordination, check out this video which highlights this particular honoree’s 25 years of service to his church.