|About 40 minutes before the service - already rather full|
Saturday, 6 April 2013
This morning was the consecration of the new bishop for the Southern Region of the Diocese of Brisbane. That's a bit of a mouthful. Alison Taylor is also the first female bishop in this diocese. Woohoo! The last consecration I attended (Bishop John Parkes), I played the violin and sang as part of the choir. (Long story). It was a very special service. For this consecration, I thought I was serving, but I was Dean's Verger instead (a role I much prefer). If you're not familiar with the ways of cathedrals, the dean is the head of the chapter (so, like our priest-in-charge), and a verger is someone who carries a verge (big stick) and tells people where to go. Or, to be more polite, escorts those who need escorting. Which is usually just the readers. Easy.
Being in a very different role from last time meant my focus was very different, too. And my view was not as great - seeing a corner of the archbishop's mitre is just not that exciting. It is exciting, though, being a part of a really large service, in which everyone there is an active part of the service. Reciting the Nicene Creed as one of a handful of people, for example, is a whole different experience from reciting it as one of more than a thousand people.