Archive for March, 2011

Unique ceremony in Leeds C of E church

Unique ceremony as Ethiopian Church makes its home in Leeds C of E  church
More than 500 worshippers will gather at a Leeds church next Saturday April 2nd to take part in a colourful and unique ceremony.
Members of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church have met at All Souls’, Blackman Lane in Leeds for two years, sharing the building with the host Church of England congregation.  On Saturday April 2nd Abune Entonios, the Ethiopian Bishop of Northwestern Europe, will preside at a Mass during which he will bless an ‘Ark of the Covenant’ which will be carried through the Victorian building and placed in a special chamber half way up the church tower. The ceremony will raise the official status of the Ethiopian congregation from ‘association’ to ‘church’.
The service is expected to last several hours, and most of it will be in the Amharic and Ge’ez languages. The central part of the ceremony, the procession of the Ark and Blessing – will include English commentary and take place between 11am and 1pm. Local clergy and lay people as well as Ethiopian clergy from around the country have been invited to take part.
In the past two years, the numbers at the EOTC meeting at All Souls’ Church have grown to around 80 adults and 30 children but for the congregation to be recognised as an official EOTC church, “The Ark of the Covenant” has to be lodged in the church building. Priest in Charge at All Souls’ is The Rev’d Alice Snowden who says, “For over a year, officers from All Souls’ and EOTC churches have been trying to identify a place for The Ark. This has not been easy: although All Souls’ is a large building, it does not have separated spaces, and the Ark must be kept in a place to which only priests have access. Eventually, the ringing chamber half way up the tower was identified as a suitable space. The Ethiopian church has carpeted and painted it, ready to receive the Ark.” She added, “I am impressed by the faithfulness of the Ethiopian congregation, and by the generous spirit of All Souls’ Anglican congregation in making them welcome”.

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Prof Joyce Hill installed as Capitular Canon

Prof Joyce HillProfessor Joyce Hill, a regular worshipper at St Aidan’s, has been admitted as a Capitular Canon of the Cathedral Church at Ripon. She has taken her place in the College of Canons and will undertake duties in the Cathedral and in the diocese.

 Joyce was born and brought up in North Devon, but has spent most of her professional life in Leeds. She gained a First in English at King’s College London and then went to York for her D. Phil where she began her research in the literary culture of the Anglo-Saxons. At the University of Leeds. as Professor of Old and Middle English Language and Literature. she became the first woman to hold the post of Pro-Vice-Chancellor. She has also been Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies and Head of the School of English and has held visiting professorships in Italy and the USA and a research fellowship at Emmanuel College Cambridge. In 2001 she became the founding director of a policy unit promoting equal opportunities across the whole of the UK higher education sector. In this capacity she represented the UK on EU committees and in conference with UNESCO. In recognition of this work she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Oxford Brookes University. Joyce is now an Emeritus Professor of the University of Leeds. She remains very active in research and she advises the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Signing the register At St Aidan’s Joyce reads the lesson, administers the chalice and writes a monthly article on aspects of church history for the website. She is also a member of the Heritage Open Days team. She is currently the Diocesan Trustee on the Combined Universities’ Chaplaincy Trust in Leeds and she serves regularly as a panel member for selecting potential ordination candidates to go forward to the national panel, on which she is an Educational Adviser. In the past she has been a member of the Diocesan Board of Education and of the governing bodies of two church schools.

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Ash Wednesday

9.00am Morning Prayer

9.30am Mass with Imposition of Ashes

7.00pm Parish Mass with Imposition of Ashes

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