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Dean leaves on a high-fidelity moment…

Bristol Cathedral bids farewell to Dean David 

On Sunday, the Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff, special guests, congregation, staff and volunteers of Bristol Cathedral gathered for the service of Eucharist and to say formal good byes to our Dean David and his wife Janet. David will become the new Dean of Westminster in November 2019 and in his final sermon, he looked back as well as forward - reminding us of the hope of the kingdom and the role Cathedrals can play in helping people glimpse the kingdom of God. The service ended with thanks from the Senior Lay Clerk, Andy Marshall - the Lay Clerks and Choral Scholars then sang the Dean's favourite piece of Choral music - Byrd's 'Ne Irascaris'. It was captivating and beautiful. They were followed by the Cathedral children, who had a special book to present, and then Canon Stephen Parsons who gave formal thanks on behalf of Chapter, and finally by the Chapter Clerk, who presided over the gifts, and thanked Janet, whose hospitality has always created a sense of community for the staff team and volunteers. The congregation's present was a Sonos system of wireless speakers, which will grace the new Deanery at Westminster. In a comic moment the Vergers bought the speakers out one by one, so the Dean struggled to give his final thank yous....but he definitely left on a high.  

Dean David's final sermon can be read here.  

                   

Posted on 30th September 2019

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