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10 February 2017

Even the bishop was not allowed to move until the organist was ready to start the service Edward Mynors

Even the bishop was not allowed to move until the organist was ready to start the service Edward Mynors

A picture of the Bishop of Leeds at the cutting edge prompted a flurry of suggestions from readers. Sadly, we had space for only a few.

For some, it brought to mind recent events: “‘It was very kind of the Dean to arrange such a lively welcome,’ thought the Bishop” (Bridget Swan); “The Dean and Chapter responded to the Bishop’s Visitation” (Richard Barnes).

PCC members also felt the need to chime in: “The PCC of St Agnants was never overly enthusiastic about the Bishop’s Visitations” (George Frost); “The PCC were daggers drawn with the diocese over the increase in the parish share” (Elizabeth Reed).

Some thought the Bishop was struggling with sermon preparation: ”I wanted to find a sharp illustration of the Holy Trinity” (Janet Stockton); ”Why hadn’t he stuck with shamrocks like last Trinity Sunday?” (Richard Barnes); “His ‘swords into ploughshares’ sermon was not going well” (John Saxbee).

Some could not resist a pun: “I said I like jewels!” (Tom Page); “The sword proved mitre-r to the men” (Richard Strudwick); “This makes episcopal cuts more likely” (Janet Stockton).Some local entries: “In Yorkshire, we have ways of making you talk” (Richard Hough); “OK, I admit I come from Liverpool, but I’m a Leeds man now (Susan Chick).

More entries at random: “Somehow, the liturgies for the Solemn Reception of a Bishop and Burns Night had got muddled up” (John Radford); “For their ‘Crossing swords’ module, new bishops were instructed by a master” (Jeremy Fletcher); “What exactly is the penalty for failing to banish and drive away all erroneous and strange doctrine?” (Andrew Greenhough); “St Botolph’s was determined to re-enact the Reformation executions in defiance of the Archbishop’s statement” (Andrew Greenhough).

One reader this week wins a supply of Fairtrade chocolate, kindly donated by Divine (divinechocolate.com).

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