Hundreds of people will pack into Newport Cathedral this Saturday (1st February) celebrate the enthronement of their new bishop.
Bishop Cherry Vann, who was consecrated as the 11th Bishop of Monmouth in a service last weekend, will take her seat – or ‘throne’ – at Newport Cathedral on Saturday. She is Monmouth Diocese’s first woman bishop.
Clergy and representatives from parishes across Monmouth Diocese have been invited to the service along with canons, bishops, diocesan staff, civic dignitaries and ecumenical guests.
The mandate from the Archbishop of Wales allowing Bishop Cherry to serve as the Bishop of Monmouth will be read and she will be welcomed at the West Door of the Cathedral by the Dean of Newport Cathedral, the Very Revd Lister Tonge and the Cathedral Chapter.
During the service Bishop Cherry will be anointed with the Oil of Chrism, vested with her cope and mitre and presented with the Diocesan Staff – the symbol of her authority in the Diocese – before being installed in her seat in the Cathedral, the ‘Cathedra’ or Episcopal Seat.
She will then greet guests from other Christian churches along with civic dignitaries and faith leaders. Following this one of her first duties as bishop will be to preach the sermon.
At the end of the service, she will return to the West Doors to pronounce God’s blessing on the city and the diocese.
Due to limited space, entry to the service, which begins at 11am, will be by ticket only. However, the service will be live-streamed on YouTube so you won’t miss a thing! The service will be available to be viewed here https://youtu.be/hWgVXQXRSgI and will remain available for one month after the service.
If anyone is planning a special ‘viewing party’ at venues across the diocese, please send your photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org we would love to see how you all celebrated!!
For those who have received your tickets please click here for final arrangements.