Parishes celebrate Queen’s his­toric reign

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CATHE­DRAL bells were ring­ing out this week, as Queen El­iz­a­beth II be­came the long­est-serv­ing Bri­tish monarch.

Le­ices­ter Cathe­dral cel­e­brated over two days as they marked what the dio­cese de­scribe as ‘a sig­nif­i­cant mo­ment in the life of the United King­dom and the Com­mon­wealth.’

The Lord-Lieu­tenant, Lady Gret­ton en­cour­aged other churches to join in and peal their bells.

“The Queen’s ded­i­ca­tion to her role and to our coun­try and the Com­mon­wealth over the past 63 years has been re­mark­able, and some­thing we should ac­knowl­edge and celebrate.

“I would like to en­cour­age lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to mark this his­toric oc­ca­sion by the ring­ing of church bells and the hoist­ing of the Union Flag, where pos­si­ble,” she said.

The Bishop of Peterborough, the Rt Rev Don­ald Al­lis­ter, com­mented this week on the role of Bish­ops serv­ing the Queen.

“When you are first ap­pointed you get a one-to-one with her and se­nior bish­ops take it in turn to do chap­laincy work when she is in San­dring­ham.

‘‘She usu­ally goes to San­dring­ham af­ter Christ­mas and stays for most of Jan­uary. She likes a bishop to be there as chap­lain for each long week­end. I’ve stayed there for a long week­end.

“A lot of the con­ver­sa­tion is just about fam­i­lies. It’s just or­di­nary stuff, it’s not about big is­sues of state or whether we should bomb this coun­try. It’s just like be­ing part of a fam­ily for a long week­end al­beit a quite un­usual and well known fam­ily.

“It’s quite nerve-wrack­ing and scary when you’re told you’ve got to do it. You have to preach a ser­mon – in front of the Queen – some­one like me a lad from Liver­pool hav­ing to do that. It feels com­pletely un­real,” he said. PROM­I­NENT evan­ge­list, Martin Caven­der, has died at the age of 68.

The for­mer ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal law so­lic­i­tor was first Di­rec­tor of Re­Source, an ini­tia­tive formed of the Angli­can Re­newal Min­istries and the Arch­bish­ops’ Ini­tia­tive for Evan­ge­lism, Spring­board.

Un­der the re­quest of then Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury, Ge­orge Carey, Caven­der was sent to Rwanda af­ter the geno­cide to re­write the coun­try’s le­gal Con­sti­tu­tion.

He de­scribed him­self as ‘flounc­ing in’ to Rwanda as a mis­sion­ary lawyer that later ‘found him­self sit­ting there like a child just lis­ten­ing to the sto­ries.’

He came to faith in one mo­ment at his supper ta­ble. “Did I be­lieve in Je­sus Christ and if I did what dif­fer­ence was it go­ing to make in my life?” he said, re­flect­ing on his life change.

He re­signed as dioce­san reg­is­trar in 1992, and went on to found the Arch­bish­ops’ Col­lege of Evan­ge­lists among his other achieve­ments.

He is sur­vived by his wife, daugh­ter and two sons.

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