Personal opinions – of course – for what they are worth.
- The happy, expectant and positive atmosphere in the Cathedral before, during and after.
- The spine-tingling drama of the new bishop’s entry and the welcome-cum-inquisition from Christine McDarmont, of the St Chad’s Bensham Community Project.*
- The kids who braved the steps of the throne with the bishop.
- That the service was not called an ‘enthronement’.
- The organ improvisation after the sermon.
- That the words ‘humble’ and ‘humility’ were used repeatedly without affectation or embarrassment.
- The prayers led by members of the Diocesan Young Leaders’ Course.
- The choir’s singing of ‘Advent Carol’.**
- The composition, shape and pace of the whole liturgy.
- Justin, our bishop.
* There were 3 questions echoing, perhaps, the three strikes on the door. Basically – though they were more elegantly expressed – they asked: ‘Who are you, then?’ ‘What are you doing here?’ and ‘Where do you get the nerve?’ The answers were good too.
** Michael Berkley’s setting of Rowan Williams’ poem ‘Advent Calendar’. My own opinion but… the composer himself told me how good it was.
I limited myself to ten. Maybe you can add to the list?