Saturday, November 07, 2015
Vespers with the Bishop in Lewes
Our new bishop has started a programme of parish visitations, among the first of these was a visit to our Diocesan Chancellor's parish of St Pancras in Lewes. The Visitation began with the liturgical welcome of Bishop Richard Moth and was followed by Solemn Vespers. I thought you might enjoy the pictures.
I am impressed by him, his presence in our diocese has already made a huge difference, there haven't been great changes in anything, just a change in spirit. It is just that he obviously enjoys being a bishop and serving God and his Church, he seems to like us clergy too, which is always a bonus.
What I find rather exciting about him is that he is a man who has faith, who prays and therefore thinks that the supernatual is important and Christianity is exciting.
There was a time when I thought that our English Bishops were pretty poor, some were quite destructive, most if not all were ideologically driven, chosen for belonging to a particular faction rather than because they had deep faith but this has changed, more and more they are obviously men who believe, maybe a little confused at times but they give me a great sense of hope for the future of the Church in our country.
As with our bishops, so with our younger clergy, they struggle but the legacy of the last two Popes, John Paul and Benedict, is bearing fruit in their sons.
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Posted by Fr Ray Blake