Collect for the Ordination of Florence Li Tim-Oi

Gracious God, we thank you for calling Florence Li Tim-Oi, much-beloved daughter, to be the first woman to exercise the office of a priest in our Communion: By the grace of your Spirit inspire us to follow her example, serving your people with patience and happiness all our days, and witnessing in every circumstance to our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the same Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 

Read more about Florence Li Tim-Oi here.


Bill Bynum said…
Thanks for the link to Florence Li Tim-Oi's story. It is ironic that her Feast Day today coincides with the lifting of the military's ban on women serving in combat. Influential in lifting the ban was Col. Ellen Haring's suit against the Pentagon, which alleged that the policy was unconstitutional because it restricted women's earnings, career advancement and retirement benefits in the military.
Thanks, Bill. It is ironic. I always thought the story of Florence Li Tim-Oi is sad.