THE Anglican Chaplaincy of St Nicholas, in the compound of the
British Embassy in Ankara - Turkey is part of the diocese in
Europe - transferred the feast of
the Visitation to a Sunday so that they could have a liturgy
centred on "women and girls".
The aim was to complement their Boy-Bishop liturgy used in
December, at the time of their patronal festival. More than 60
people came, the Priest-in-Charge of St Nicholas's, Canon John
The service included the acting out of the Visitation story,
with a script, based on the gospel, by Kate Redden. It was
translated into Farsi by Fr Ebrahim. Sadef Abdolvand, who speaks no
English, played Mary, and Olivia Bishop, who speaks no Farsi,
played Elizabeth (above, the Greeting).
The drama, which replaced both the Gospel and the sermon, wove
seamlessly between Farsi and English, Canon Higgins says, but the
congregation had the text in both languages.