Bishop Graham ordains six deacons for Norfolk
The Bishop of Norwich, Rt Rev Graham Usher, has ordained six people as deacons in the first ordinations in the diocese since the lockdown.
The ordinations took place on Thursday August 6 over three separate services in Norwich Cathedral. The ordinands were ordained two-by-two. It was a very different style of service from the large gatherings of hundreds that have been the norm over the past years.
Rather than the normal pomp and ceremony, these were more intimate services, with just close friends and family. Masks were worn by all those present. The Bishops and Archdeacon all cleansed their hands between each candidate. Music was played on the magnificent organ, but the only singing was by the Precentor – standing high up in the organ loft and a single Cantor. Apart from those in households, everyone had to sit apart. The Deacons had to put on their own stoles.
Graham Usher said: “Ordination is a time of joy as we recognise the gifts that God gives and receives for the life of the Church of England. These incredible people, who have heard God’s call in their lives, are offering to serve the communities of Norfolk and Waveney in good times and in more challenging times. Their ordinations have already been delayed, so it is a joy that today we can mark their ‘yes’ being added to God’s ‘yes’ and the ‘yes’ of all who have gathered, physically and, far more, online.”
Coryn Stanforth, Catherine Turner, Taylor Wilton-Morgan, Jon Price, Michael Hayden and James Cook were those ordained.
There are another seven services around the Diocese this evening and over the next two days as last year’s 15 Deacons are now ordained Priests in parish churches across Norfolk.
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Pictured above are some of the ordinations in Norwich Cathedral