Chrism Mass 2017
- By: Bishop of Chichester
- When: 11 April 2017
"It’s good to have ordination candidates for the diaconate and priesthood with us today. Pity and pray for them, as they prepare for their interview prior to ordination.
"I recall that interview, as a nervous candidate for the diaconate, in the bishop of Exeter’s cavernous Palace. He had an army background and he asked me bluntly how I got into this business, as though I’d made some terrible mistake. I began by saying I’d been sent to a school that supplied choristers for the cathedral choir, and he immediately interrupted, “For goodness’ sake man, that’s the worst thing you can do. I look at those little blighters coming in and out of the cathedral every day and I pity them!” Actually, his language was a bit more military than that…"