I think I have waited way too long to share this happy news; I had absolutely no reason to wait until the last month of the year!!!!
Sometime this year, the Mhinisteir was made an honorary Canon of the Cathedral. For the uninitiated, A canon is a member of the chapter which is headed by the dean of the cathedral. Together with the dean, the chapter have legal responsibility for the cathedral and for electing the bishop.
I still remember the day so clearly when the Bishop rang the Vicarage. Before he broke the news, the Bishop had asked the Mhinisteir if he was sitting down 😁
The collation service was a beautiful one and was well attended.
The Mhinisteir has since told me at least once as to what an honour this is; that unlike peerages, these titles cannot be bought!
I have reminded the Mhinisteir that although I have the utmost respect for clergy and their office, he still has to unload the dishwasher at home! 🤣
Church under fire in wake of Liverpool suicide bombing for helping asylum seekers to ‘game’ system
The above was the headlines in Wednesday’s Daily Telegraph. It is of course very unfair. I am irked! Apparently, these are the sentiments of the Home Secretary too.
There would be a massive public outcry if we were to remove the word Church and replace it with the name of any another religious institution. However, because it is the Church, the Home Secretary and the likes will get away with it.
I have just come away from the online Chrism Service live from the Cathedral. I have been meaning to write this post for more than a few weeks now but just couldn’t gather my thoughts but I think I have now.
Something that the Mhinsiteir told me a few months back added to my disillusionment with the CofE. Before I continue, I just want to put the record straight. I am not planning to leave the Church of England or anything like that. My loyalty is towards Christ and there is no perfect Church on earth. However I think I am allowed to write about my disillusionment!:)
The Mhinisteir told me that he knows of a good few Clergy in the Church of England who don’t believe in the first 3 chapters of Genesis while there are others who don’t believe in the bible! Seriously??????? I was so shocked !!!!! Why do they then become Vicars? It can’t be the money. Probably for the title and the house. How discouraging it must be for a parishioner to know that their Vicar doesn’t believe in God or the bible? I would be. I don’t think most clergy realise that the moment they open their mouth they are revealing their heart to their parishioners!
Last week, there was an advert in the Church Times advertising for a Chief of Staff for the Archbishop of York. Chief of Staff? I wonder if the Archbishop of York is beginning to think himself to be the President of the United States! Sadly, he proves himself to be another toffee-nosed bishop!
Rural Churches are dying on their feet but the last thing the Church of England want to do is to provide a proper priest to these parishes. Instead they are wasting millions of pounds on worthless pen pushers and activities.
According to some rural parishioners that I have spoken to, rural parishes end up with poor quality clergy and so by the time the clergy leaves their post, they have successfully decimated the congregation. Once they leave, the parishes are refused clergy because the churches have become so small. What an irony!
Sadly our ABC and his cronies are playing the popularity game by always playing up to the media.
Someone wiser than me once said “If you live by the media, you will die by the media”
Another year and another new batch of Deacons in the Church of England will be going to their respective parishes to start their 3 year Curacy. They will be known as Curates.
This year, we too are getting a new curate who will be with us for 3 years DV. Sadly not all Curacies are success stories. There is often a breakdown in relationship between the training incumbent and the curate which is very regrettable.
About a year or so ago, there was an article/letter in the Church Times which stated that most breakdowns are caused by Jealousy. Not the curates, rather the training incumbent getting jealous of the Curate’s popularity.
Anyway, Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Ordination service has been postponed as the Bishop MUST lay his/her hands on the Deacons to ordain them. Instead, We will have a welcome service via zoom. Until the Ordination is complete, the curates will be known as PASTORAL WORKERS instead of REVERENDS. Something that some prospective curates are finding difficult – not to be able to use the dog collar just yet!!!
On our way back from the Petertide Ordination, we had to have an overnight stay at Travelodge. Travelodge wasn’t my preferred choice but that was the only option available. After that stay, I have come a Travelodge convert!!!
Once we arrived in our room, I crashed into bed while the Mhinisteir catched up on the day’s news. We do not own a television in the Vicarage so It took the Mhinisteir quite a while to find the BBC NEWS Channel. By the way, It is by choice that we do not have a television. We also do not have any of the subscription channels like Netflix, AmazonPrime etc.
One of the main news headlines for that evening was the appearance of Sir David Attenborough at Glastonbury. I know Glastonbury is a music festival but nothing more. But what was Attenborough doing there? Didn’t know him to be a musician. Curiosity got the better of me and so I decided to sit up in bed and watch the news clip.
Sir David Attenborough was in Glastonbury to talk about climate change. He received such a warm welcome from the festival goers who were mostly young. A few were interviewed by BBC News and they all said that they found him so inspiring and that they had so much respect for him. Really? In this day and age when we have become youth obsessed??
Unfortunately, Churches are guilty of youth obsession too. EVERYTHING has to be centred around the young so much so that we have started singing action songs in some of our Churches! The mantra is that the youth are our future!!! Vicars need to have cute boyish looks and chiselled jaws in order to attract the young heathens.
If this is really the case why was Attenborough so well received in Glastonbury? He certainly looked his age with his shrivelled skin and a head full of silver hair.
It was his message that was attractive! We too in the Church have an attractive message. THE GOSPEL!!! Sadly, we no longer find it attractive ourselves and have started to idol worship the young.
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me” – Exodus 20:3