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Epiphany 2012

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The Holy Family @ St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral

The Holy Family @ St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral


Now in the second weekend of Epiphany 2012,and here we have a picture of the Holy Family at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow, since the beginning of Advent the crib scene has been developing, at Epiphany the Magi had arrived, but now everyone has gone and the family have fled into Egypt.

Turning back to The Feast of the Epiphany and the St Mary’s Crib scene:

The Magi visit Jesus

The Magi visit Jesus


On the evening of the Feast of the Epiphany, Chuks Iwuagwu was ordained Priest by the +Gregor, Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway. Chuks has been part of the Cathedral team since late 2010 (see my posting on Chuks’ first sermon last February). To quote Provost Holdsworth, the service was celebrated with Change Ringing, Handel, Messiaen and African drumming (though not all at once).
Chuks Iwuagwu, newly ordained priest

Chuks Iwuagwu, newly ordained priest

The following day, I was to be found at Southwark Cathedral for the Diocesan Servers’ Day. +Christopher, Bishop of Southwark presided and preached at the Southwark Diocesan Servers’ Festival Eucharist. In his sermon, he expressed his thanks for the work of Altar Servers.

In the afternoon, Festival Evensong concluded the day, with the service sung by The Saturday Singers, directed by Canon Pastor, Bruce Saunders. The Saturday Singers are a group of singers from the congregation of the Cathedral. The service music was:

  • Versicles and Responses – William Byrd
  • Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis – C.V. Stanford in C
  • In the Bleak Mid Winter – Harold Darke

Sunday was celebrated as The Baptism of Christ. After the morning Eucharist at Southwark Cathedral, the congregations of Southwark Cathedral and St Magnus the Martyr (in the City of London) meet on London Bridge for the annual Blessing of the River. A slight hiccup meant that the processions were on opposite sides of the bridge. A crossing by the procession from St Magnus resulted in both congregations meeting on the west side of the bridge.

The congregation of St Magnus the Martyr crossing London Bridge

The congregation of St Magnus the Martyr crossing London Bridge


The service of blessing was presided over by the Succentor of Southwark Cathedral, Anna Macham and the Cardinal Rector of St Magnus the Martyr, Philip Warner.
John Osborne & Anna Macham (Southwark Cathedral) and Philip Warner (St Magnus the Martyr) at the centre of London Bridge

John Osborne & Anna Macham (Southwark Cathedral) and Philip Warner (St Magnus the Martyr) at the centre of London Bridge


At the end of the service a wooden cross is thrown into The Thames.
Wooden cross enroute to The Thames

Wooden cross enroute to The Thames

Next weekend sees the Institution of Rev Andrew Nunn at the new Dean of Southwark.

Author: Stewart

An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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