Homily for Diaconate of Albert Lawes, Plymouth Cathedral, 12th July 2020

Well, it is not Palazzola.  It is not Rome.  A diaconate ordination does not have any anointings, although at this one, you would wonder, with all the cleansing gel we have to use!   Albert, this is not how we had envisaged your diaconate ordination was going to be.  But the sun is shining.  And, in the mystery of God’s Providence, the Church receives a new deacon.  In the diocese we celebrate the gift of a new servant of Christ.  Your bishop gives thanks to God and we all rejoice that this day has come………

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Bishop Mark’s Homily for Diaconate of Albert Lawes