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An open letter to Rev. Ludmila Javorova: a priest of the Roman Catholic Church. (Paid Advertisement).

Ludmila Javorova was ordained or·dain  
tr.v. or·dained, or·dain·ing, or·dains
a. To invest with ministerial or priestly authority; confer holy orders on.

b. To authorize as a rabbi.

 a Roman Catholic priest in the late night hours The Night Hours are the fixed times of prayer in the Divine Office of the Roman Catholic Church, that take place after sunset and before sunrise. In the Latin Rite, the main Office is traditionally Matins, said in the early hours of the morning, and which is joined to the office of  of December 28, 1970 by Bishop Felix Maria Davidek, in the presence of his brother, Leo Leo, in astronomy
Leo [Lat.,=the lion], northern constellation lying S of Ursa Major and on the ecliptic (apparent path of the sun through the heavens) between Cancer and Virgo; it is one of the constellations of the zodiac.
. Following the rite of ordination ordination: see ministry; orders, holy. , Ludmila celebrated her first Mass--simply, quietly, together with Felix and Leo, Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and all the angels and saints of God."

--from Out of the Depths: The Story of Ludmila Javorova, Ordained Roman Catholic Priest, by Miriam Therese Winter, MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) An enhanced transmission service that enables graphics, video clips and sound files to be transmitted via cellphones. Developed as part of the 3GPP project, MMS phones are generally backward compatible with SMS and EMS.  (Crossroad, 2001)

Dear Ludmila,

We write to you as church, for we are People of God. We affirm and celebrate you as our priest, Ludmila, and we salute with gratitude Gratitude

traditional symbol for gratitude. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 172]


because he had once extracted a thorn from its paw, the lion refrained from attacking Androcles in the arena. [Rom. Lit.
 your 20 years of service as a priest in the underground church of Czechoslovakia. We also acknowledge the ordination of other women and married men who helped keep the Roman Catholic Church Roman Catholic Church, Christian church headed by the pope, the bishop of Rome (see papacy and Peter, Saint). Its commonest title in official use is Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.  alive during perilous times.

We publicly celebrate your ordination and we invite others, including our brother bishops, to attest To solemnly declare verbally or in writing that a particular document or testimony about an event is a true and accurate representation of the facts; to bear witness to. To formally certify by a signature that the signer has been present at the execution of a particular writing so as  to your priesthood priesthood

Office of a spiritual leader expert in the ceremonies of worship and the performance of religious rituals. Though chieftains, kings, and heads of households have sometimes performed priestly functions, in most civilizations the priesthood is a specialized office.
. We know that our God of radical love, who recognizes the goodness and equality of all persons, women and men, called you, and you obeyed God's call to discipleship dis·ci·ple  
a. One who embraces and assists in spreading the teachings of another.

b. An active adherent, as of a movement or philosophy.


In the depths of our hearts, we know that the ordination of women In general religious use, ordination is the process by which one is consecrated (set apart for the undivided administration of various religious rites). The ordination of women  is just, consistent with the spirit of the Jesus of the gospels, and in line with our finest traditions. We know, too, that many more priests are needed to meet the urgent pastoral pastoral, literary work in which the shepherd's life is presented in a conventionalized manner. In this convention the purity and simplicity of shepherd life is contrasted with the corruption and artificiality of the court or the city.  needs of our church worldwide. And we read the signs of our times as we see women around the globe claim their full humanity for the good of humanity.

Your life, Ludmila, stretches our church beyond theological arguments to the reality of God's action. You risked your freedom and your life to say "yes" to God's call in an act of prophetic pro·phet·ic   also pro·phet·i·cal
1. Of, belonging to, or characteristic of a prophet or prophecy: prophetic books.

 obedience. Your ministry is a faithful witness to the gospel, a sacrament sacrament [Lat.,=something holy], an outward sign of something sacred. In Christianity, a sacrament is commonly defined as having been instituted by Jesus and consisting of a visible sign of invisible grace.  nourishing nour·ish  
tr.v. nour·ished, nour·ish·ing, nour·ish·es
1. To provide with food or other substances necessary for life and growth; feed.

 the community, a prayerful prayer·ful  
1. Inclined or given to praying frequently; devout.

2. Typical or indicative of prayer, as a mannerism, gesture, or facial expression.
 call to do justice. Your story joins today's church to our spiritual forebears: Prisca and Lydia, Thecla and Phoebe Phoebe, in astronomy
Phoebe (fē`bē), in astronomy, one of the named moons, or natural satellites, of Saturn. Also known as Saturn IX (or S9), Phoebe is 137 mi (220 km) in diameter, orbits Saturn at a mean distance of 8,047,985 mi
, and other ordained women who served the early church of the Mediterranean. We now can assert that women have been ordained in our day! You have gone before us, and we pray--indeed, we know--that many more women will follow. God's call to prophetic obedience will not be denied.

Ludmila, you are a priest forever!

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