CITATION of MERIT
from the Anglocatholic Church and her Patriarch
His Beatitude Most Reverend Heigo Ritsbek,
M.A., M. Div., D. Min., Litt. D., D. D.
To our dear brother and fellow worker in Christ,
the Most Reverend Paul Jacob Boardman, Jr.
Greetings in the Name of the Lord.
Truly dear brother, you are that faithful and wise servant that the Lord
has made ruler over his house. Truly you are of the generation of those
who seek the Lord and have received blessings from his hand. Truly you
are a Priest of God Most High after the Order of Melchisedech,
chosen to offer before Him a pure and spiritual sacrifice.
The Lord our God has laid the foundations of his holy Church upon the
solid rock of the apostolic confession and has laid upon his servants her
Bishops the gift of the five talents. Truly may you say ‘ Lord, You
delivered unto me five talents : behold, I have gained beside them five
talents more. ‘
To you and to God Almighty the Anglocatholic Church owes a debt of
gratitude for your witness in our midst, for your love of the Gospel of
Jesus the Christ, and for the joy that you have brought to all that you
have met in the course of your ministry.
May your retirement be a blessing to you and your family. May your
continued witness be a shining example of a pastor who has modelled his
life after that of the Good Shepherd.
May Almighty God richly bless you,
may He make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you;
may He lift up the light of his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.
Patriarch Dr. Heigo Ritsbek