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Please announce the celebrant’s name

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29 August 2014

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From Mavis Jacobs

Sir, - Why is there a reluctance in some of our prominent churches and cathedrals to announce in advance the name of the designated celebrant at the eucharist?

For some reason, it is appropriate to inform us online of the name of the person who will be preaching at a particular service, which is interesting but not greatly important, but not to tell us who will preside, which is vital information for the "traditionalist".

When attempting to find a church when away on holiday, or for some other reason obliged to worship away from home, we are being faced with the embarrassment of sitting through a service, unable to receive the Sacrament, while possibly near at hand there is another more accommodating church.

This looks like an attempt to bully us into submission, but in reality, I hope, is more likely to be a lack of understanding about our position.

If the promise to give us an honoured place in the Church of England is sincere, then this apparently deliberate attempt to make life difficult for us will be amended.

MAVIS JACOBS
34 St Augustine's Gate
Norwich NR3 3BE

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