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When Bishop Alan Scarfe came to Anamosa, Iowa, to ordain ORDAIN. To ordain is to make an ordinance, to enact a law.
     2. In the constitution of the United States, the preamble. declares that the people "do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America.
 Anne Moats Williams to the priesthood, he went to the State Penitentiary instead of St. Mark's Episcopal church St. Mark's Episcopal Church may refer to one of hundreds of Episcopal churches throughout the United States, including:
  • Alabama
  • St.
.

Although Ms. Williams is a long-time resident of the town and member of St. Mark's, the congregation from which she was called to the priesthood is incarcerated incarcerated /in·car·cer·at·ed/ (in-kahr´ser-at?ed) imprisoned; constricted; subjected to incarceration.

in·car·cer·at·ed
adj.
Confined or trapped, as a hernia.
. She believes hers is not only the first ordination "inside the walls," but also among the first where inmates were part of the discernment process.

Ms. Williams' ordination took place in the prison chapel, a large hall with folding chairs for 65 inmates and 30 visitors.

As the procession formed, three singers and the organist, all inmates, took their places for the opening hymn. Ah inmate read the Old Testament lesson and the organist chanted the litany.

The moment of consecration was especially moving. As Ms. Williams knelt before the bishop, clergy and members of her discernment team. Bishop Scarfe beckoned her congregation to join in the laying on of hands Noun 1. laying on of hands - the application of a faith healer's hands to the patient's body
faith cure, faith healing - care provided through prayer and faith in God

2.
. About a dozen of the inmates carne forward. Soon the only thing visible was the tip of the bishop's red miter miter

bishop’s headdress signifying his authority. [Christian Symbolism: EB VI]

See : Authority
 above the sea of hands strerching forward.

Over the years, Ms. Williams, 56. said she thought about being ordained but she said. "I could never visualize myself in full-time parish work." In this very different setting, however, "the call resurfaced."
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Publication:Anglican Journal
Date:Feb 1, 2004
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