Ordinations 2017

Church News | Saturday, 30 September 2017 |

By Joan

Diana's Ordination standing far left

Diana's Ordination standing far left

Well, what an amazing day Revd Carolyn, Revd Anne and Revd Julie had today! Attending and participating in not one, but two ordinations, that of Philip Howlett starting at 2pm and then for Diana Garfield starting at 6.00pm. Chelmsford Cathedral was packed to see both ordinations take place and the services were wonderful.

The Dean managed to get us all in the right frame of mind by getting us singing some joyful hymns before the service started proper. Eventually dead on the dot we sang that beautiful hymn ‘Glorious things of thee are spoken’ to which the Bishop’s procession entered the Cathedral.

There were three ordination services that day and it must have been exceptionally exhausting for those who attended all three services, they are not only physically tiring, but emotionally demanding too I should think!

Philips Ordination was wonderful and from the photographs I have seen he looked absolutely delighted at being ordained deacon after many years of service to the church. Diana too looked extremely happy once the ordination was complete, her lovely stole had been fitted and she had been presented with her special bible. Then during the extended Peace, it was all smiles, hugs and congratulations from all of us who attended. Communion was then held for all of us, making it an extra special day for us all to remember the service which was so uplifting.

The Very Revd Christopher Dalliston, Dean of Newcastle gave the address during which he said how wonderful it was to see so many women and men coming forward to do God’s work. He went on to say that as there are so many bad things going on in the world today he felt the need to question the sanity of the those going forward in the church, however, he also said that whilst Christianity is reportedly going out of fashion, having witnessed three mighty congregations and so many new Deacons in one day made him question where that report had come from!

At the end of a very long service Bishop Stephen Cottrell who had led the service thanked everyone for all the work they had done to help get the new Deacons through to this very special day and blessed us all for coming and making it an amazing day to remember.

Philip was ordained in the afternoon

Philip was ordained in the afternoon

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