Funeral Eucharist for Bishop John Wraw

Church News | Wednesday, 9 August 2017 |

By Joan

Bishop John will be sadly missed

Bishop John will be sadly missed

Hundreds gathered in Chelmsford Cathedral on Monday 7th August 17 for the Funeral Eucharist of the much loved and respected Bishop John Wraw who sadly lost his three-year long fight against his illness on 25th July 17. The Service was conducted by Bishop Stephen Cottrell. The service began at 1.00pm with a few words of welcome by the Dean. The service started with us all standing to sing the hymn ‘Guide me, O thou great redeemer’ while the College of Canons, visiting bishops, the clergy of Chelmsford Cathedral, the archdeacons, and the area bishops of the Diocese of Chelmsford moved through the nave, followed by the preacher and the Bishop of Chelmsford.

There was a lovely tribute paid to Bishop John by his wife Gillian taking up two pages of the Service Book and his daughters paid a fitting tribute to him during the service saying how much he was loved and how adventurous he was in life. The sermon was given by the Rt Revd Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely who said that Bishop John’s ministry here on earth was something unique and special believing God was a down-to-earth God. John, Revd Conway said, was a true leader, the shepherd of people and he believed that the church and leadership needed a different approach and offered transforming leadership and ministry. John knew of the eternal glory of Jesus is in the here and now, and throughout his long illness John knew the power of hope, so he didn’t want anyone to feel bad, he just wanted to make people feel special. The Bishop of Ely said that John felt very close to Jesus during his illness and that he found love in a dark crown of thorns.

The Litany was said and we shared the Peace before singing that wonderful hymn ‘Crown him with many crowns’. Holy Communion was celebrated during which we sang some more lovely and meaningful hymns. After Holy Communion, Bishop Stephen Cottrell said a few words about his love and friendship for Bishop John and paid tribute to him saying what an inspirational colleague he was and how much he will be missed in all aspects of the church’s ministry. Bishop Stephen then performed the Commendation and farewell before Bishop John’s casket was carried from the Cathedral.

It was a very long, yet inspiring service that will be remembered for many years ahead, which is just what Bishop John would have wanted.



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