VISIT TO YORK
CONSECRATION OF DR EMMA INESON AS BISHOP OF PENRITH
On Wednesday, 27th February, a
group of 18 from St Paul’s and other churches in Grange set off on a
19-seater coach (more like a mini-bus) at 7.30am to York for the
Consecration of our new Bishop of Penrith, and also of the new Bishop of
Jarrow at the Minster.
arrived at around 10.15am after a beautiful ride through the Yorkshire
countryside, via Skipton and Harrogate. We made our way to the Minster
to ensure we had good seats. There were a number of familiar faces of
clergy in the South Archdeaconry, and the service commenced with an
enormous procession of choir, Canons of York Minster and all the
visiting, supporting clergy, with Archbishop John Sentamu at the rear
and the two Bishops designate.
service was wonderful, and the singing superb; I have never been to a
Consecration service before. The address was given by the Rt Rev Rachel
Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester, and the laying on of hands for healing
was offered during the Eucharist in a side chapel. However, you did
need stamina as we arrived at the Minster around 10.30am and were
walking out at the end of the service at 1.15pm! Just time for lunch
and a quick look around York, where we kept bumping into people that we
knew; then back to our coach for another lovely ride back home for
in all, a most enjoyable day – and it was most interesting to see the
number of women priests.