Farewell celebration for Bishop Richard at St Paul’s
|Location: Farewell celebration for Bishop Richard at St Paul’s||St Paul's Cathedral and Paternoster Square|
|Cost:||Free and unticketed|
The Diocese will bid farewell and Godspeed to Bishop Richard at St Paul’s Cathedral on Candlemas, Thursday 2 February at 6pm. After 21 years at the helm, the Bishop’s last public act will be to celebrate the Eucharist with the people and clergy of the Diocese.
Giving thanks for our Partnership in the Gospel
The Bishop hopes to gather as many people as possible to celebrate the partnership in the Gospel, which has been the heart of his ministry among us, and to look with hope and confidence to the future.
To reflect this, everyone is welcome to the service. The earlier ticketing arrangement for parishes has been dispensed with and everyone is welcome. Clergy are invited to robe and join the procession.
The Bishop will preside over the beautiful Candlemas liturgy celebrated with a feast of music and light in the extraordinary setting of St Paul’s.
Pop-up Cathedral in Paternoster Square
Alongside the service in the Cathedral, the Bishop will launch a parallel celebration — a “pop-up cathedral” — in Paternoster Square shortly before 6pm.
We aim there to make use of social media to send the message that Christ is the Light of the World to millions of people. The Bishop’s sermon and other parts of the cathedral service will be shown on a big screen in the Square, and there will be music, prayer and proclamation. Holy Communion will be shared by everyone inside and outside the cathedral as the whole body of Christ comes together with the Bishop. Again, tickets will not be necessary. All are welcome to join the celebrations inside and outside St Paul’s. Anyone with particular accessibility needs is invited to send their details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the end of the service, the Bishop will come to the Great West Doors, where the outdoor congregation will gather with him as he blesses the London and its people. You are most welcome to come to St Paul’s to proclaim and celebrate the Light of Christ with Bishop Richard as he concludes his ministry among us by sending us out to shine as lights in the world to the glory of God.