i am not familiar with the traditions of your church - but i do know enough to recognize what an amazing deviation from the normal pattern this must be. i can only imagine how affirming and validating this must be for you. i am sure that it will promote healing in a big way. i celebrate with you!!!
miracles still happen!
We are often troubled, but not crushed;
sometimes in doubt, but never in despair;
there are many enemies, but we are never without a friend;
and though badly hurt at times, we are not destroyed.
- Paul, II Cor 4:8-9