Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cathedral Service Marks Inauguration of Bishop

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cathedral Service Marks Inauguration of Bishop

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Byline: Craig Thompson Chief Reporter craig.thompson01@trinitymirror.com

ASERVICE is set to be held this week to mark the Right Reverend Christine Hardman's public ministry as the first woman Bishop of Newcastle.

Northumbrian pipes, a colliery brass band and an academy choir will play and sing at St Nicholas' Cathedral to celebrate with the new Bishop at her inauguration service at 11am on Saturday.

The cathedral, which is the "mother church" of the Diocese of Newcastle, will be filled with representatives of parishes from the Scottish Border south to the Tyne Valley and from Haltwhistle eastwards to the Northumbrian coast.

Bishop Christine Hardman will ask to be admitted to the cathedral by knocking three times on the outside of the west door, using a traditional crozier or bishop's staff - in the shape of a shepherd's crook to symbolise care for a flock - made in 2014 by Neville Straker of Amble for the 12th Bishop of Newcastle.

She will be dressed in a ceremonial cope and mitre made for her by J&M Sewing Service of Newcastle, and her bishop's ring has been designed and made by Alan Harrison of Kirkharle, Northumberland.

The service includes the traditional installation, or enthronement, of the new bishop when the Dean of Newcastle will place her in the bishop's "throne", which symbolises her authority as the chief teacher of the faith in her diocese.

Her forehead and hands will be anointed with oil by the bishops of three dioceses with companion links to the Diocese of Newcastle - Bishop Ingeborg Midttomme of the Diocese of More in Norway, Bishop Metlhayotlhe Beleme of the Diocese of Botswana, and Bishop Tim Dakin of the Diocese of Winchester.

Bishop Hardman will preach her first sermon in Newcastle, and will be greeted during the service by representatives of local government and institutions from across the diocese.

Assistant Bishop of Newcastle the Right Reverend Frank White will present her with the historic ceremonial crozier of the Bishops of Newcastle, symbolising continuity of their care for their people since 1882. …

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