2508: Canterbury Cathedral, England
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25 August 2013
Enjoyed the report on the installation of the new archbishop.
In late 1995, my parents and I attended a Sunday evensong service,
and it's made me yearn to return to a Canterbury service ever since.
It was a small service, but congregants were invited to pass through
and be seated in the quire, so I was only three spaces away from
the (world class) cathedral choir. To this day it remains the most
beautiful music I have ever heard, and the chance to sing along
with them was humbling.
If you get a chance to return to Canterbury, I'd recommend making
sure you can work in an evensong service!
27 March 2013
I’d just like to comment on the report of the enthronement of the
Archbishop of Canterbury and in particular the comment about the
sign language interpreters.
Any sign language interpreter in any situation will sign everything
that is said or sung, whether printed in the order of service or
not, as they are providing a service for people who may not be able
actually to hear the choir singing or to follow in the order of
service in the first place.
I was disappointed at the implication that their signing of the
Te Deum was a distraction or somehow redundant, as they
worked hard and did an extremely good job of translating, at sight,
the language of the service into the totally different language
The Wife of Bath replies:
I am very sorry that you understood my comment about the sign-language
interpreter to be negative. That was certainly not my intention.
The phrase I used was "I was amused", and I meant that in the nicest
possible way. I could just as easily have said "I was impressed."
There were many distractions in the cathedral, largely because I
wasn't able to see much of the activity up around the altars, so
my attention wandered. I was genuinely impressed at how the two
BSL interpreters, a man and a woman, just kept going. I didn't know
who they were signing to, or how many of you, but it was a positive
distraction, as I sometimes tried to follow what they were saying.
It gave me something to look at and I wasn't complaining about it
Please accept my apology for any offence I inadvertently caused
26 March 2013
Your report on the installation service for the Archbishop of Canterbury
refers to the cast in chronological order but fails sadly to mention
the three young people who led the prayers of intercession. On such
a fully scripted event they were beautiful prayers and beautifully
[Editor's note: The young people in question
were Primrose Northrop, Nathan Wilson and Hannah Worthen.]
The Wife of Bath replies:
Our custom with Mystery Worship reports is to list the names only
of clergy, or lay persons in the church's employ, such as the organist.
I mentioned Evangeline by name because she fulfilled a function
usually filled by a man, and a clergyman at that. With a cast of
hundreds if not exactly thousands, I had to draw the line somewhere.
And from where I was sitting, I couldn't actually see the intercessors.
At any rate, the names were listed in the (linked) order of service,
and the editor has kindly listed them here now.
Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
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