Monday, 24 September 2012

Keith's Ordination in Salisbury Cathedral

The 29th September 2012 was a special day for the benefice as Keith Charnley was ordained deacon in Salisbury Cathedral by the Bishop of Salisbury, the Right Revd. Nicholas Holtham assisted by the Right Revd. Dr Graham Kings, Bishop of Sherborne and the Right Revd. Canon Edward Condry, Bishop of Ramsbury.

It was lovely that so many people were able to make the journey and support Keith in the next stage of his ministry and for those of you who were unable to be there, here's a brief report.

It was fine if windy day for an early start to catch the coach at Christ Church and Winsley, arriving in Salisbury with time to spare to find our places in the south transept. After a welcome by the Dean, the congregation rehearsed the response for the Litany, and two Taize chants; 'Veni Sancte Spiritus' to be sung during the laying on of hands by the Bishop and 'Ubi Caritas' to be sung while the Bishop washed the feet of the ordinands. The service began with the Bishop greeting the people, then the candidates were presented, and the Registrar confirmed that they had taken the Oath of Allegiance to the Sovereign and the Oath of Canonical Allegiance to the Bishop. After the readings, the sermon was given by the Revd. Claire Herbert, Lecturer in Inclusive Theology, St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. Then followed the Liturgy of Ordination and then the Eucharist. At the end of the service the Bishop presented each ordinand with a Bible as a sign of their new authority to preach the gospel of Christ, the final blessing and then the Bishop handed over each newly ordained deacon to their training incumbent.
Rev. Keith Charnley and wife Christine

Everyone will remember the occasion slightly differently but apart from the ordination itself the highlights for me were singing the two Taize chants over and over as a meditation which I found very moving and the two hymns 'Morning glory, starlit sky' and 'Brother, sister, let me serve you' reminded me that it is not just Keith and the other clergy who are called to serve, but that in our congregations we each have our part to play.

Afterwards the hardy folk picniced outside on the grass while those feeling the chilly wind retreated to the Cathedral restaurant for food and drink. There was then time for a wander round the Cathedral and the shop before finding our way back to the coach pickup point and the drive home. Many thanks to Ian Blagborough for organising the coach.

The United Benefice service on Sunday morning provided another occasion for us all to get together and welcome Keith in his new role, and celebrate with cake and coffee after the service.