• Short Summary

    THE NEW COVENTRY CATHEDRAL WAS CONSECRATED MAY 25 AMID SCENES OF ECCLESIASTICAL SPLENDOUR AND CEREMONY.?

  • Description

    THE NEW COVENTRY CATHEDRAL WAS CONSECRATED MAY 25 AMID SCENES OF ECCLESIASTICAL SPLENDOUR AND CEREMONY. THE VAST CONGREGATION OF 2,000 INCLUDED CHURCH DIGNITARIES, MINISTERS OF STATE, DIPLOMATS, CIVIC LEADERS - AND THE PEOPLE WHO DESIGNED AND BUILT IT. THE UK ROYAL FAMILY WAS REPRESENTED BY QUEEN ELIZABETH, PRINCESS MARGARET AND HER HUSBAND, LORD SNOWDOWN.

    THE NEW CATHEDRAL STANDS AS A NOBLE MEMORIAL TO THE BOMBING OF COVENTRY - ONE OF THE WORST HIT CITIES IN WORLD WAR TWO. IT STANDS, IN ITS CONTEMPORARY STYLE OF ARCHITECTURE, AS A SYMBOL OF FAITH IN THE FUTURE. THE RUINS OF THE OLD CATHEDRAL ARE IMMEDIATELY BESIDE IT.

    TRUMPETERS OF THE ROYAL MILITARY SCHOOL OF MUSIC SOUNDED A FANFARE AS THE ROYAL GUESTS ENTERED THE NEW CATHEDRAL THROUGH THE GREAT GLASS SCREEN OF THEPPORCH. WHEN THE PROVOST HAD TAKEN THEM TO THEIR SEATS HE RETURNED TO THE PORCH. THE BISHOP OF COVENTRY WAITED OUTSIDE, AND THE PROVOST ASKED HIM: "RIGHT REVEREND FATHER IN GOD, WILL YOU CONSECRATE THIS CATHEDRAL CHURCH?" THE BISHOP REPLIED: "I WILL... OPEN THE DOORS".

    THE HUGE DOORS WERE DULY OPENED, AND THE BISHOP WENT IN. BY TRADITION AT A CEREMONY LIKE THIS, A BISHOP IN THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND KNOCKS ON THE DOOR WITH HIS STAFF TO GAIN ADMITTANCE. ON THIS OCCASION, HOWEVER, HE DID NOT KNOW FOR REAR OF BREAKING THE GLASS DOORS.

    AFTER THE CHOIRS OF COVENTRY, BIRMINGHAM, GLOUCESTER, LEICESTER, LICHFIELD, OXFORD, PETERBOROUGH AND WORCESTER CATHEDRALS JOINED TOGETHER IN A HYMN, THE BISHOP MADE HIS WAY TO THE CROSSING BETWEEN THE FRONT AND THE CHAPEL OF UNITY. WITH HIS STAFF, HE TRACED ON THE FLOOR THE LETTERS "PX". THESE ARE THE FIRST TWO LETTERS OF THE GREEK NAME FOR CHRIST - TO SHOW THAT THE NEW BUILDING BELONGS TO JESUS CHRIST.

    THEN CAME THE ACTUAL CONSECRATION. THE BISHOP SAID : "O BLESSED AND HOLY TRINITY, THE SOURCE OF ALL PURITY, PROBITY AND BEAUTY; WE MOST HUMBLY BESEECH THEE OF THEY MERCY THAT THOU WOULDEST VOUCHSAFE TO PURIFY, HALLOW, AND CONSECRATE WITH THE EVERLASTING PLENITUDE OF THY SANCTIFYING POWER, THIS CHURCH. THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR ONLY SAVIOUR AND REDEEMER, TO WHOM WITH THEE, O FATHER, AND THEE, O HOLY SPIRIT, BE GLORY IN THE CHURCH, THROUGHOUT ALL AGES, WORLD WITHOUT END." THIS WAS FOLLOWED WITH ALOUD "AMEN" FROM THE CONGREGATION... AND WITH DRUMS ROLLING AND A FANFARE OF TRUMPETS, THE CHOIRS SANG "ALLELUIA", "ALLELUIA"," ALLELUIA".

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACSXLRB63YREG59283K4H5I4IN
    Media URN:
    VLVACSXLRB63YREG59283K4H5I4IN
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/05/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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