Friday, 17 October 2014

Our Grand Days Out

To York Minster, at the heart of England's Northern capital, and the spiritual heart of the Northern Province, for the Consecration of the two new Area Bishops for our Diocese, Toby Howarth for Bradford, and Jonathan Gibbs, the first Bishop of Huddersfield, for our Episcopal Area.

Dire warnings before the Mass began over the use of mobiles, but I did manage to sneak, and Tweet, this picture of the Archbishop of Canterbury preaching. His words were based on Philippians 3.7 & 8, 'I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ my Lord.'

'A Bishop, he said, is not a senior manager in a convenient administrative unit for putting together administration, payroll and deployment of staff. A Bishop is above all a shepherd, carrying a cross, leading the sheep.'

Bishops Toby Bradford, (left), Jonathan Huddersfield (right)

Today's Liturgy reminded us of St Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr. Prayers were offered for the persecuted, and the challenge and commission given to our new Bishops, and to each one of us there, to die to self, and live for Christ alone. 

York Minster is one of my favourite buildings. Today was Fr Miguel's first ever visit to the City, as we entered the Minster in procession. 

The Great Heart of Yorkshire Window, at the Cathedral's West End. 

Last Sunday afternoon, we had another grand day out, as it was over to Dewsbury Minster, in the footsteps of St Paulinus, for the Licensing of new Readers, and a welcome to Lynn Lord, Diocesan Reader for the Parishes of St Mary's and All Saints, Elland, pictured here with Bishop Tony.