Magazine article Anglican Journal

'Listen, Listen, O My Child'

Magazine article Anglican Journal

'Listen, Listen, O My Child'

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What a privilege and blessing it was to represent our beloved church at the inauguration of the ministry of Justin Welby, the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury. There were three aspects I shall never forget.

The first was the humility with which the Archbishop entered the cathedral. After the traditional threefold knock on the door, a warm word of welcome by the dean of Canterbury and a brief fanfare, the Archbishop was questioned: "Who are you and why do you request entry?"

"I am Justin," he responded, "a servant of Jesus Christ, and I come as one seeking the grace of God, to travel with you in his service together."

"How do you come among us and with what confidence?"

"I come knowing nothing except Jesus Christ and him crucified, and in weakness and fear and in much trembling."

The second was the solemnity with which Justin was seated in the Chair of Augustine. (Augustine arrived in England in 597 AD.) As he sat down, his countenance revealed both an awareness of the weight of responsibility coming upon him and a yearning for the assurance of the prayers of the whole church.

The third was the grace of an anthem. It began as a gentle whisper.

"Listen, listen, 0 my child,

Listen carefully to your teacher's guidance. …

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