275th Anniversary of the Ordination of John Wesley

Ordination of John Wesley

On the 19th September 1725, John Wesley was ordained Deacon by Dr Potter, the Bishop of Oxford, in Christ Cathedral.

One historian, Nehemiah Curnock, writes in his introduction to the standard version of Wesley’s Journal this account for 26th September 1725:-

On Sunday morning he (Wesley) rides alone through the Oxfordshire lanes towards Witney, and, halting at the quaint old church at South Lye with frescoed walls, he presents his authority signed by Bishop Potter, and preaches from an exquisitely neat little Mc, on “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness”.

On 16th October 1771, John Wesley noted in his Journal: - “I preached at South Leigh. Here it was that I preached my first sermon, six and forty years ago.”

Wesley hardly thought himself worthy to be made deacon. The night before the service he confessed in cipher in his diary: “Boasting, greedy of praise, intemperate sleep, detraction.”

John and Charles Wesley