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I watched the liturgy of the Installation (though Canons have stalls Archbishops have thrones) on Television. I was impressed, the overall impression was one of prayer. The music was quite splendid, I loved the new pieces by James McMillan and Colin Mawby. The use of the High Altar worked well, as did the use of the Ambo. Visually and audibly in was very rich, it was obvious that a great deal of care had been put into the liturgy, even some of the ancient treasures were brought out like huge cope morse - whose was it?
The only blip was those wretched tea-trays used by the servers to bring the Most Holy, from somewhere, to the clergy, that was horrible!
The sermon wasn't full of fireworks like Archbishop Dolan's in New York, the English Church is different, it was reasoned and challenging, it left one remembering the Liturgy, which is most important.
I was left with the impression that the Archbishop was stating a commitment to the Benedictine reforms, that the Catholic Church is capable of producing a national "spectacle", of producing and commissioning new works of art, it showed the Church as being alive.
It is perhaps unfair to compare todays event with the installation of Cardinal Murphy O'Connor but the two events demonstrate how much our liturgical understanding has moved on in the last few years (except for the tea trays).