At a joyful service at St Paul’s Cathedral yesterday (Tuesday 29 September) Ruth Worsley was ordained and consecrated as the Bishop of Taunton by Archbishop Justin Welby.
Ruth was ordained Bishop alongside Anne Hollinghurst, now Bishop of Aston and Ric Thorpe, now Bishop of Islington. The hymns and music – including stirring performances by the Psalm Drummers – were chosen by the three and reflected their personalities.
Family and friends of the three Bishops were joined by hundreds of well-wishers from across the country, representing different areas of Ruth, Anne and Ric’s ministries.
Speaking after the service, Ruth said, “I was so overwhelmed that people had travelled from this country and beyond to show their support. My past, present and future ministries were all represented.
“Parts of the service were extremely moving, in particular the passionate affirmation of women’s ministry by Justin Welby and the rousing applause that followed it.
“And now it’s on with the job! I’m really looking forward to the special service at Wells Cathedral on Saturday, where as well as being officially ‘installed’ as Bishop of Taunton, I’ll be undertaking my first duties as Bishop with the licensing of Readers from across Somerset.
“The readings for the day are about the gifts of all of us as individuals and how only by working together will we make a difference. That’s a wonderful message for my first sermon and so fitting that I’ll be sharing that with those beginning their Reader ministry.”
- View images of Bishop Ruth’s consecration on our Facebook page. Note that you don’t need to be a Facebooker to access them!
- All are welcome at Saturday’s service, to be held at 2pm in Wells Cathedral, please aim to be in your seats by 1.40pm.