Installations of New Canons

Sunday 21st October 2012

A Service of Evening Prayer with the installation of The Reverend Dr Jules Gomes as Canon of St Patrick and the Reverend Cyril Rogers as Honorary Cathedral Canon took place this afternoon in St German's Cathedral, Peel.

In the presence of the gathered congregation, the Cathedral Chapter, Clergy and Readers and with musical direction led by Peter Litman with Gareth Moore playing the organ the service began with 'Lead me Lord' by S S Wesley and the processional hymn 'All my hope on God is founded' (Michael).

Following the singing of Psalm 141 by the choir the Old Testament reading (Joshua 14:6-14) was read.

The choir then sang the Magnificat (Stanford in C) before the reading of the New Testament reading from Matthew (12:1-21), followed by the Nunc Dimittis (Stanford in C) sung again by the choir.

Then to the installation as the members of the Chapter led the new Canon, Revd Dr Jules Gomes to the seat of St Patrick and the Dean, Nigel Godfrey confirmed the installation.

The installation of the Honorary Canon followed, with the Revd Cyril Rogers, presented with the badge of office.

The Archdeacon, the Venerable Andy Brown prayed for the new Canons who were then duly welcomed by the Bishop's Chaplain Canon Peter Robinson.

Followed by the choir singing the anthem 'O thou the central orb' by Charles Wood, the Intercessions and the congregational singing of 'O Jesus I have promised' (Wolvercote).

Bishop Robert then preached the sermon for the day before the singing of 'Thy hand O God has guided' (Thornbury) followed by the blessing in Manx Gaelic and the recessional voluntary, Toccata from the 5th Organ Symphony in F (Widor).

Picture shows Bishop Robert with the Cathedral Chapter.

Picture shows the Choirs, Clergy, Readers the Cathedral Chapter and Bishop Robert following the service.

Note on Cathedral Chapter

The Cathedral Chapter of Saint German is a corporation consisting of the Dean, the Archdeacon and four Canons - St Columba, St German, St Maughold and St Patrick.

Following the recent retirement of the Reverend Canon Duncan Whitworth, the Canonry of St Patrick has become vacant; following the retirement from the chapter of the Reverend Canon Malcolm Convery, the Canonry of St Columba is vacant.

The Reverend Dr Jules Gomes is installed as the Canon of St Patrick and will take the honorary title of 'Canon Theologian'. Bishop Robert has also formed a body colloquially known as the 'Greater Chapter' consisting of the members of the Cathedral Chapter together with a number of people chosen by the Bishop as Honorary or Lay Canons who are appointed for a period of five years

Each member of the Greater Chapter accepts an area of responsibility for the Island--‐wide life and mission of the Cathedral.
The Reverend Cyril Rogers, Vicar of the Parish of Andreas, Ballaugh, Jurby and Sulby (the Northern Plain), Rural Dean of Ramsey Deanery and leader of the Northern Mission Partnership, is installed as an Honorary Canon.

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