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.


More pictures click here



9 comments:

Joao said...

"there haven't been great changes in anything, just a change in spirit."

The universal Church is going through a similar "process". Not sure if the spirit is the same, though.

Nicolas Bellord said...

A great occasion.

Pelerin said...

That is so good to know. And thank you for putting up those beautiful photos of our Bishop's visit to St Pancras Lewes. I wonder when he will be visiting Brighton?

John Simlett said...

Light in our darkness; thanks for this uplifting post, Fr.

Palincor IG said...

That is a heartening thing. A praying man. I remember well the words of one of our parish priests many years ago in a sermon when he said I remember it verbatim "my dear people prayer is very powerful, and if there were enough praying Christians then all the needs of the church would be satisfied ".

Donal Lowry said...

Guido Fawkes, looking down from Above, will have been pleased!

David O'Neill said...

You are so right about Bishop Moth who I met through the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre. You gain is the loss of our Armed Forces.

vetusta ecclesia said...


It is good to see canons in choir dress. Here in Brentwood the Bishop has just announced the revival of the Chapter of Canons - Deo gratias.

Et Expecto said...

I do like the cope in the second photograph.