By the grace of God and at the hands of His Grace Bishop JEROME of Manhattan, acting for the Metropolitan, Father Philip Ramstad of Sts. Aidan & Cuthbert parish in St. Paul, Minnesota, United States of America, was ordained to the diaconate on Tuesday, April 26, 2011.
On Wednesday, April 27, 2011, he will be ordained to the priesthood to serve in the Western Rite.
Fr. Philip is a former Anglican priest who was received into the Orthodox Church years ago. May God grant him many years! Ad multos annos!
above: an older picture of Fr. Deacon Philip
O Lord, we beseech Thee to guide Thy servant the deacon Philip, and by the intercession of blessed Mary the Mother of God, and of all Thy Saints, multiply in him the gifts of Thy grace, that he may be delivered from all evil, and that lacking not in temporal aid, he may rejoice in the teachings of life eternal. Through Christ our Lord, amen." (from "Orthodox Prayers of Old England," available from St. John Cassian Press)
"...and the Lord added to their number." (Acts 2:47)