Saturday, 25 June 2011

Catching Up

Preaching in the Cathedral at Evensong last Sunday, Trinity Sunday, fulfilling the annual (voluntary) duty of an Honorary Canon, a veritable feast of Stainer and Stanford. Too many times I've heard sermons that have tried to explain the Trinity, so I preached on the Trinity as a mystery and reality to be lived out, not as a problem to be explained away. An unusual highlight of the early part of last week was the opportunity to reflect on Liturgy with a Suffragan-Bishop elect, - and to teach him how to use a Thurible!

Corpus Christi was duly observed with a Sung Mass and Procession of the Blessed Sacrament, while the following day saw the opportunity to say Mass for the Nativity of St John the Baptist at St Paul's King Cross, in the early days of their Interregnum. St John, to whom a number of Churches are dedicated in Calderdale, and whose severed head is graphically portrayed on represenatations of the old Halifax Coat of Arms in Barry's magnificent Victorian Town Hall, is also portrayed on the glorious High Altar Reredos at St Paul's


(The High Altar at St Paul's, King Cross)

Friday Night took us to Headingley, for a long awaited Derby clash between the mighty Leeds Rhinos, and the Bradford Bulls......Bradford were the least poor of two off-form Teams, and it wasn't a good night for Leeds fans, though the weekend's Rugby theme did pick up with a Saturday afternoon spent at the marvellous Heritage Centre at the George Hotel in Huddersfield.


The First Sunday after Trinity will bring a thank you and farewell to Luke, our latest Mirfield Ordinand, as he completes his placement with us, a Garden Party, and Benediction at St Paul's, before thoughts need to turn to Bishop Tony's Pastoral Visit on Tuesday, the episcopal OFSTED......