Installing the Provost

It turned into something of an SEC bloggers’ night out.  It’s interesting to meet people whom you think you know because you read what they choose to blog about in the night hours ..  The service was, of course, extraordinary.  Wonderful music – a real treat – and many signs of Kelvin’s flair for liturgy and the big occasion.  Well – there was one completely OTT moment.  To sing Parry’s ‘I was glad’ as Bishop Idris led Kelvin to his stall?  It’s fine in Westminster Abbey when you are wearing a crown and stuff.  So what would have been better?  Not ‘Sheep may safely graze’, I think.  As always, I ponder my belonging and not belonging.  It was liturgically a long long way from Portadown!  But a great gathering of the SEC family and I feel increasingly part of that.


  1. Nice one, David. I thought you were being quietly slipped into your stall to a verse of ‘Oh for a closer walk with God’ The problem is that Parry takes 22 minutes and you have to do a lot of bowing and smiling to fill the time. No one better, if I may say so.

  2. Thanks for your blog. I didn’t get a chance to speak to you at the Installation on Wednesday, but am a CofS blogger who enjoys reading many Episcopalian friends.

  3. It’s obviously the time of the year for Parry – we’re having it at an ordination in your own Diocese in 22 days time – I believe as the new canons are being led to their stalls!

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