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Sunday, 18 July 2010

Petertide Ordinations: The Revd Tuomas Mäkipää

It was a Thomas celebration! The Feast of St Thomas the Apostle, the ordination of Tuomas, in the Church of St Thomas, Kefalas, Crete. On Saturday 3 July, I ordained the Revd Tuomas Mäkipää to the priesthood, along with the Revd Tony Lane about whom I will write later. St Thomas's Church is where Fr Tony is serving as Assistant Curate, within the Greater Anglican Chaplaincy). Fr Tuomas is the Assistant Curate at St Nicholas, Helsinki.

Over 120 people gathered as the coolness of the evening approached, and the sun fell on the Mediterranean horizon. The traditional period of silence kept before the singing of Veni Creator Spiritus was interrupted by a chorus of cicadas. Clergy from Finland, Austria, Turkey, Greece, England and Crete took part and members of the congregation came from as far away as Australia and Zimbabwe. The preacher was the Revd Canon Malcolm Bradshaw, the Senior Chaplain in Athens.

In the picture below from left to right: Suvi Mäkipää, Fr Tuomas, Fr Rupert Moreton (chaplain of St Nicholas, Helsinki) and the Revd Dr Jaakko Rusama (Church of Finland)
The website of St Nicholas Helsinki is here.

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