The Reverends Mark Beaton, Chris Darvill and Ian Rees were collated and installed as Honorary Canons of Brecon Cathedral at Choral Evensong on Sunday 17th April 2016.
Bishop John welcomed them explaining that they were there because of their faithfulness in ministry. The stained glass windows in the chapel where the new canons had taken their oaths of Canonical Obedience remind us that our Christian worship is rooted in the heritage of the church, in the lives of the saints, in Christ and in God’s people before that. We have good news to share of God’s love for the world. The root of the call of people to ministry is to tell of the good news and to speak of hope even in a time of desolation or trial.
“I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord, the praiseworthy acts of the Lord, because of all that the Lord has done for us.” Isaiah, chapter 63, verse 7
Reflecting on the second lesson from Luke, chapter 24, Bishop John noted where Jesus said to the startled and terrified disciples that they were witnesses of ‘these things’, of resurrection life and forgiveness of sins. We are called to be witnesses in the ministry in which we share and in which we were rejoicing on this occasion.
The deeds of collation were formally read, with prayers for the Cathedral. The ‘Letters Mandatory’ of the Bishop were presented to Dean Paul Shackerley. The Honorary Canons affirmed their Declaration of Obedience to the Dean and of observing the Statues and Customs of the Cathedral. They were clothed with the symbol of their office, admitted, and led to the stalls assigned to their canonry.
The choir sang the anthem “Dic nobis, Maris, quid vidisti in via?”
Tell us Mary, what did you see on the way? I saw the grave of the living Christ and the glory of his resurrection. Angel witnesses and grave clothes. Christ my hope has risen and goes ahead of you to Galilee: alleluia.
Prayers of intercession were led by Dean Paul.