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Not over-extended

24 August 2012


From Professor Nicholas Orme
Sir, - I read with pleasure Mr Southern's account ( 17 August) of attending communion by extension, led by a Reader while two priests were present in the congregation.

Provided that the Reader was officiating legitimately, with the consent of the Bishop, the incumbent, and the PCC, how wonderful that the incumbent was willing to deploy him in this way, and that the priests were willing to join the congregation for his service.

In doing so, they affirmed and supported the Reader in his vocation, and made the point that Reader ministry is not just one of last resort, when nobody better is available, but something valuable and different in its own right, just like the service of communion by extension.
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