"See that ye all follow the bishop, even as Christ Jesus does the Father, and the presbytery as ye would the apostles. Do ye also reverence the deacons, as those that carry out through their office the appointment of God. Let no man do anything connected with the Church without the bishop. Let that be deemed a proper Eucharist, which is administered either by the bishop, or by one to whom he has entrusted it. Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude of the people also be; even as where Christ is, there does all the heavenly host stand by, waiting upon Him as the Chief Captain of the Lord’s might, and the Governor of every intelligent nature. It is not lawful without the bishop either to baptize, or to offer, or to present sacrifice, or to celebrate a love-feast. But that which seems good to him, is also well-pleasing to God, that everything ye do may be secure and valid." St. Ignatius of Antioch, Epistle to the Smyrnaeans, chp. VIII
Almighty God, may the multitude of the people of the San Joaquin gather around our Bishop, John-David, waiting upon him as our Chief Captain, being prepared to wage a Holy Battle for the sake of your Heavenly Kingdom, that your Name may be glorified by the Holy Spirit working through us, in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.