Dedicating one’s entire life to service to God is something worth applauding. We know that living life as a “clergy” can be tough and stressful, and achieving ordination is a major accomplishment. That is why it is wise to choose a gift that honors the priest’s life decision and can help him be successful within it.
So therefor, If you have a friend or loved one who is coming up on his/her pastor ordination ceremony, presenting an appropriate ordination gift for them is key. Below are the top 10 pastor ordination gift ideas for your reference:
Ideal Gifts for the Ordination of a Priest
The Bible is the most important book on the surface of the earth. Infact, It is the most popular book on earth and is regarded as the voice of God written for us. It will be a great idea to gift your priest a Bible (I recommend a study bible). Giving your pastor a copy of the bible as a gift shows that you are fully encouraging him/her to continue developing the spiritual knowledge of himself and that of his/her flock.
One thing that will make a Priest stay educated and up-to-date with events, history, statistics and other preachers, is cultivating a reading habit. Also, a Priest uses all kinds of books to help him/her prepare sermons (messages).
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Choose a book that is within the priest’s denomination, such as a book of daily devotions. Alternatively, select a biography of an important figure in the priest’s religion. You could also give a work written by a scholar that could give your priest insight into a particular aspect of your religion.
If a clergy in your denomination is allowed to take wine, take a nice wine to him. You could also create a gift basket with a bottle of wine and a selection of gourmet cheeses or chocolates.
4. Engraved Chalice
The chalice is a beautiful shape, symbolizing the vessel of Christ. Chalice is also a Catholic development organization working to alleviate the effects of poverty in the developing world. Choose an engraved chalice as ordination gift for your pastor and the gesture will resonate on many levels.
5. Cash gift
A cash gift is also an idea for you to take. You can give money to his congregation.
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6. Christ-Themed Gifts
Thought of any gift(s) that is Christ related? You could consider the hand-crafted pottery vessels for your priest, which is both meaningful and practical. The vessels for Eucharist are a perfect example.
With many churches embracing the use of a hand-crafted pottery vessels for Eucharist, the gift of a wheel-thrown stoneware communion set has become a wonderful choice for the seminary graduate or for a newly-ordained minister, as well as an excellent priest ordination gift.
7. Crystal Cathedral Plaque
Commemorate ordination or installation with a striking custom-created Crystal Cathedral Plaque. This unique gift, featuring a unique gothic arch design, is a wonderful way to mark the very special occasion.
All you need to do is to personalized with name of the priest being ordained along with words of encouragement taken from Romans 10:15 combined with your personal sentiment make this a truly special keepsake. It is sure to be cherished for years to come.
8. Office Decor
The new priest might probably have a new office where he/she will counsel members of the congregation, prepare sermons, welcome visitors, and conduct other business. The Priest will surely be in need to some important items to help decorate the office. Support him by giving him any best office-decor gift that comes to your mind.
9. Ordination Message in Bottle-Best Wishes
Write and send a well composed heart-toughing message to you priest, sending him best wishes for his ordination. Try a message in a bottle for greeting your pastor. Or, you can go on to collect many ordination messages from the pastor’s wife, kids, friends, parents, relatives, etc. Storing them in an antique bottle is a great touch!
10. Green Plants
Adding green plant to the home or office adds beauty and life to the place. It can also have an impact to a person’s emotion. Getting the right for them can make your pastor’s mood pleasant and add ease to his work process. Remember: Plant emits oxygen useful to man.
The list of ideal gifts for the ordination of a Priest can go on and on. However, we have listed some of the basic gifts ideas for you. Pray that God will guide you when making the choice of getting your priest the perfect gift that will be of help to him.