The bold decision has been to have an all-night vigil during which he will rest in the Shrine of St Richard in the cathedral and it will be possible for priests to offer Mass as part of that vigil.
There will be a rota of celebrants that will ensure a Mass every hour during the night;
+Geoffrey will rest overnight at the Shrine of St Richard, and Masses will be celebrated at altars in the cathedral.
Arrangements for the Funeral of Bishop Geoffrey Rowell
Tuesday 4 July
Bishop Geoffrey’s body, vested and in its coffin, will be received at 6.30 pm, following Evensong in the Cathedral at 5.30 pm.
There will then be vigil of prayer, for the unity of the Church and the conversion of England. Priests are invited to offer Mass here during the vigil.
Each celebrant is asked to form an intention that draws from Bishop Geoffrey’s teaching and example, shaping with imagination and courage the apostolic work that lies ahead of us
Those wishing to be included in the list of celebrants should email a request to the Bishop of Chichester informing also firstname.lastname@example.org Bishop@Chichester.Anglican.Org at what times you are available to celebrate.. The final Masses in the vigil will begin at 12.00 noon on Wednesday 5 July.
Hospitality for those participating in the vigil will be available in the Palace throughout the night.
Wednesday 5 July
ALL ARE WELCOME
Deacons and priests who wish to robe and sit in choir (purple stole) for the funeral Requiem should request a ticket in advance.
Bishops who wish to robe and sit in choir for the funeral Requiem are also asked to request a ticket in advance. The vesture for bishops is alb, purple stole and pectoral cross.
Requests to celebrate during the vigil, and to robe for the funeral Requiem should be made to email@example.com The deadline for requests is Sunday 2 July. Details for saying Mass and where and when to robe for the funeral Requiem will be sent with your ticket.
The procession of clergy and ecumenical participants will be formed by 2.20 pm. At 2.25 pm the coffin will brought to the west end of the Cathedral for the Sentences and the entry hymn.
After the final Commendation, the coffin, attended by members of Bishop Geoffrey’s household and family, will be taken to Boxgrove Priory for burial.
A reception will be held in the cloister garden of the cathedral, which is known as Paradise.
Please pray for those to be ordained in the Diocese of Chichester this weekend Saturday
The candidates are all currently working alongside experienced colleagues as they prepare for their new responsibilities.
Candidates at St Swithun's, East Grinstead, will be ordained by the Bishop of Horsham, Mark Sowerby, whilst the Bishop of Lewes, Richard Jackson, will ordain at Holy Cross, Uckfield.
The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, will ordain at St Bartholomew's, Brighton.
He said: "For each of the candidates, supported as they will be by loved ones, wider family and friends and, of course, the people where they are already serving as deacons, this is a huge day.
"Working prayerfully and creatively with those who feel that they have a vocation to the priesthood is a huge priority for us in the Diocese of Chichester and each and every one of these new priests will be welcomed and supported by the wider diocesan family."
Bishop Martin will be at St Bartholomew’s Brighton ordaining as priests the following:
Andy Birks, St Andrews Portslade
Toby Boutle, St Georges Whyke
Robert Coupland, St Michael and All Angels, & St Paul’s Brighton
John Underhill, St Andrew’s Eastbourne
+Mark will be at St Swithun’s East Grinstead ordaining as priests the following:
Kate Bailey, Broadbridge Heath
Peter Deaves, Holy Trinity Rudgwick
Stephen Everard, North Mundham with Merston and Hunston
Brendan Martin, St Margaret’s Angmering
Mike Nelson, St Mark’s Holbrook
+Richard will be at Holy Cross Uckfield ordaining as priests the following:
Herbert Bennett, St Mary Kemptown
Tim Gage, Bishop Hannington Hove
Karen Higgs, Hartfield and Coleman’s Hatch
Lucy Hollingsworth, St Mary’s Ringmer
Jules Middleton, TRINITY Lewes
Neil Shaw, St John the Evangelist Upper St Leonards
Steve Tennant, St Cuthman’s Whitehawk
Saturday 10th June. Patronal Festival. Sung Mass 12.00 noon. Celebrant & Preacher +Peter Wheatley
Sunday 18th June. Corpus Christi. Sung Mass. 10.30 a.m. Procession of the Blessed Sacrament & Benediction. Celebrant & Preacher +Martin Warner
Sunday 18th June. Corpus Christi. Solemn Evensong & Benediction 18.30. Fr. Douglas Holt Preacher.
All would be welcome to join with us in our celebrations
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