Bishop Alan M. Gates ordained four deacons and five transitional deacons over the course of June 5 and 6. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the service happened in a new way this year--online and in small in-person groups.
The Liturgy of the Word portion of the service took place over the Zoom online videoconferencing platform on Friday, June 5. [Find the sermon here.] Then, the examination of the ordinands and laying on of hands was conducted in separate segments on Saturday, June 6 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston.
In-person participants briefly removed their masks for photos, and everyone who was not of a household stayed physically distanced throughout.