Kathleen Ryan, ARCWP, led the Upper Room Community in the following blessing for Mary Theresa at the beginning of liturgy:
Let us take time now to bless this wise woman.
Mary Theresa, we call you to the center of this circle to honor you for the gifts you have given this community and in celebration of your anniversary of ordination. Come forth, good and faithful wise woman!
The gifts you have given so freely to our community have flourished and born fruit. We now anoint you with oil, symbolizing you are a wise woman.
I ask the Community to join me in blessing Mary Theresa today. Please come forward and bless her as we pray together:
Divine Creator of the Universe, She Who Is and Will Always Be, we ask you to bless Mary Theresa today and every day.
May you have strength, courage and wisdom for the journey ahead.
May you be blessed with good health.
May your heart be filled with compassion in the work of justice.
May you be filled with hope, laughter and love.
May you know the comfort of community, good friends and family.
May the peace of divine wisdom live always in your heart and your home.
May you always bear witness to the love of divine wisdom in this world.
May Holy Wisdom bless you and keep you.
May She make her face shine upon you and be gracious to you.
May She lift up her countenance upon you and give you peace!
This is our prayer and a blessing upon you Mary Theresa,
Wise and faith-filled woman.
And as community we say, amen!
Let it be so!