Sentamu on a mission to Hull

12 May 2017

John Meehan Media

Elevated: the Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, and the Bishop of Hull, the Rt Revd Alison White, preach together in Holy Trinity, Hull, last year. The church was dedicated a minister by Dr Sentamu, on Saturday

Elevated: the Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, and the Bishop of Hull, the Rt Revd Alison White, preach together in Holy Trinity, Hull, last year. The ...

HOLY TRINITY, the parish church of this year’s City of Culture, Kingston upon Hull, will be formally elevated to the status of a minster this weekend.

The open-air ceremony, led by the Archbishop of York, will be the highlight of a three-day weekend of mission to the port city by Dr Sentamu. It will range from a fish-and-chip lunch to blessing a memorial to the 6000 Hull trawlermen lost at sea over the past century.

The programme includes visits to three academy schools, for question-and-answer sessions with pupils and staff, and a Talent Night this evening at St Cuthbert’s.

Tomorrow, after joining morning prayer at All Saints’, Hessle, on the edge of the city, Dr Sentamu will board a small boat to lead a flotilla of about 20 vessels four miles down the Humber estuary into Hull Marina. He will carry with him a lantern lit at All Saints’, which he will use later in the day to light a special candle at the minster-making service.

Once ashore, Dr Sentamu will walk the short distance to the trawlermen’s memorial, The Last Trip. The recently installed sculpture includes 90 polished-steel replicas of ships’ bows — one for each vessel lost at sea — and lists the name of every seaman’s function on board.

After lunching at a fish restaurant, Dr Sentamu is due to join a crowd in the square in front of Holy Trinity for an afternoon of activities, including live music and performances, before the service at 3 p.m. in which the Grade I listed church will be dedicated as Hull Minster.

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