Christchurch’s Bishop

Masses of Anglicans from far and wide gathered 11.00am Saturday 9 February 2019 at Christchurch’s Boys’ High School auditorium for the Episcopal Ordination of Reverend Dr Peter Carrell as the Diocese’s 9th Bishop.

The Service began with the processions of Clergy, Bishops and Archbishops as the hundreds strong choir with choristers drawn from the Diocesan churches and schools directed by Dr John Linker with organist Chris Lynch singing Charles Villiers Stanford’s Te Deum in Bb.

The congregation, including representatives of the NZ Government (e.g. Hon Dr Megan Woods) and City officials (e.g. the 46th Worshipful Mayor of Christchurch, Lianne Dalziel) joined the opening music by singing with great fervour the wonderful hymn (lyrics, Matthew Bridges, music, George Elvey) “Crown him with many crowns”.

The beautifully moving prelude continued with the Music Group co-ordinated by Paul Hegglun and comprising players and singers from Diocesan churches performing the Karanga (the Maori call bidding welcome to all) followed by the Presiding Bishop offering the Mihi Whakatau (welcoming speech).

The congregation joined in the Waiata (Maori ‘song’) “Te Aroha” (sometimes translated to mean “place of love”).

The Presiding Bishop greets all gathered and after calling on God’s blessing, all sing the “Gloria” to a hauntingly beautiful Peruvian chant.

The Bishop-Elect, Peter Ruane Carrell is now presented in accordance with tradition by a layperson (Mrs Fay Deam), a priest (Revd. Joshua Taylor) and a Bishop (The Right Revd Brian Carrell).

Readings follow together with a sung responsorial Psalm involving the massed choristers and congregation.

The Right Revd Pihopa Rihare Wallace inspired all gathered with his thought-provoking Sermon tinged with delightful humour.

After all present confirming their faith by reciting the Nicene Creed, the Presiding Bishop sought the Commitment of the Bishop-Elect, Peter Carrell.

Then follows the Invocation prayerfully seeking the presence of the Holy Spirit and by singing Wairua Tapu (a waitata) to welcome the Spirit and seek guidance).

Ordination comes to a climax with the laying on of hands and donning of vestments by the new Bishop. This is the moment when all gathered welcome Peter with acclamation and in turn he gives a spoken response.

Here begins the Eucharist and administration of Communion. The choir performs Wm. Byrd’s Ave Verum and St Margarets College Girls’ Choir sings a Blessing.

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This ends the Ordination story. However, another ceremony – the Installation of the new Bishop – began the same day at 3.00pm with parishioners in their church groups holding banners around a stage centred in Christchurch’s Cathedral Square.

This opened with a Karanga and then all singing the traditional Irish hymn “Be Thou My Vision” (sung to the tune “Slane” as arranged David Evans).

Archbishops present to those gathered the newly ordained Bishop of Christchurch the Right Reverend Dr Peter Carrell.

The Chancellor affirms the validity of the certificates of election and ordination.

The Very Revd Lawrence Kimberley, Dean of Christchurch Cathedral, welcomes the new Bishop.

Bishop Carrell responds. (NB: His address can be found using the link below.)

The new Bishop is escorted to the cathedra (the Bishop’s Chair).

The Worshipful Mayor of Christchurch, Lianne Dalziel, greets Peter and his family.

Bishop Peter recites the Collect and then follows readings and his address (refer to the link above).

Dean Kimberley offered prayers together with those of Diocesan Manager, Edwin Boyce, The Venerable Nicky Lee (Archdeacon of the Household of Deacons), Judith Mackenzie (Lay Member of Standing Committee), Matthew Mark (The City Missioner), The Reverend Joshua Moore (Young Adults Ministry Developer) and the Dean leading all in the Lord’s Prayer.

Bishop Peter concludes with a blessing leading to the final hymn “Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer” (Text: William Williams – 1717 to 1791 and music for the Welsh tune Cwm Rhondda by John Hughes written 1905).

by the Editor Dr Robert Tait HonRSCM

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