Sons of the Clergy Service at St. Paul's Cathedral.
Tuesday 14th May 2013
The Sons and Friends of the Clergy has been supporting the clergy of the Anglican Church and their dependents within the British Isles for over 350 years. Its origins therefore roughly coincide with the birth of the second Tobacco Livery Company.
The service is one of the occasions during the year when the Livery Companies all process to their seats under the dome, entering in reverse order of precedence and leaving with the Great Twelve in their more familiar position. We enjoyed fine music and singing from the combined choirs of St Paul's itself, Norwich Cathedral and the Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum of Dean Close Preparatory School. The Bishop of Norwich preached movingly, based on his own father's experience, about prophets being not without honour, except in their home town. In a crowded field, this has to be one of Jesus's most universal truths.
I amused myself by thinking of examples....