In an uplifting, joyful and sometimes emotional service, Andrzej, surrounded by, Bishop Hugh, the bishop emeritus Right Reverend Peter Moran, diocesan priests, seminarians and priests who had accompanied him on his journey, seminarians of the Aberdeen diocese, and a full Church, was ordained a priest of the diocese of Aberdeen.
Following his address to the congregation in English, Bishop Hugh reverted to Polish inducing an enthusiastic response, before commencing the ceremony. The Liturgy of the Word was followed by the Rite of Ordination: Calling of the Candidate, Presentation of the Candidate, Election by the Bishop and Consent of the People, Homily, Examination of the Candidate, Promise of Obedience, and Litany of the Saints. Following the practice of the apostles, Bishop Hugh led fellow priests in the Laying on of Hands and Prayers of Consecration, invoking the Holy Spirit to come down upon Andrzej, giving him a sacred character and setting him apart for the designated ministry. He was then vested with the stole and chasuble by the Dean Fr. James as the mark of his office as presbyter in the Eucharistic assembly, and his hands were anointed by Bishop Hugh, signifying preparation for the sacred duties and vessels which will be part of the priestly ministry. The Bishop and all the priests present then gave the kiss of peace to Andrzej to welcome him as a fellow brother in their shared ministry, during which the joy was palpable. The Liturgy of the Eucharist and Holy Communion followed.
The liturgy was conducted in English with some Latin, and music was provided by the Diocesan and Deanery choirs, James Campbell on the Organ, with Matthew McVeigh playing a piece during communion, a clarinet solo by Fr. Andrzej Harden, and Marie-Claire and Mark Kelly on guitar.
After copious photos and numerous blessings, a very exuberant crowd regrouped for a traditional Scottish ‘bun fight’ at the Royal British Legion Hall.