Magazine article Anglican Journal

(Bishop Frank Tracy) Griswold Inherits Fractured U.S. Episcopal Church

Magazine article Anglican Journal

(Bishop Frank Tracy) Griswold Inherits Fractured U.S. Episcopal Church

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EPISCOPAL NEWS SERVICE

In a sweeping liturgy that combined soaring choral music, the heady rhythms of Native American drums and African American spirituals, with the spectacle and colour of stately processions, Frank Tracy Griswold of Chicago was invested as the 25th presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church at Washington National Cathedral Jan. 10.

After an extensive musical prelude, drawing on a wide variety of church traditions, almost 200 bishops of the church were joined by ecumenical guests and, for the first time, representatives of Islam and Judaism, in processions that flowed into the cathedral from all directions.

Banners and coloured streamers captured the festive air of the occasion, as the nearly 4,000 participants filled the cathedral to inaugurate a new season of leadership in the church.

Participants in the cathedral were joined by church members at over 200 downlink sites across the country who watched a live satellite television broadcast and participated locally in the service. A simultaneous audio feed over the worldwide Internet extended the audience internationally.

When all had taken their places, a delegation moved to the west entrance to welcome the new Presiding Bishop. The moment of expectant silence was pierced by a loud knock at the portal. Bishop Ron Haines of Washington opened the doors and members of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Chicago introduced the new Presiding Bishop to the church "with pride, affection and gratitude for his ministry with us. …

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