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New Dean of Chichester Installed In Chichester Cathedral (posted 14 February 2015)

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New Dean of Chichester Installed in Chichester Cathedral

The Very Reverend Stephen Waine, former Archdeacon of Dorset, has been Installed as the new Dean of Chichester, in Chichester Cathedral, this afternoon, Saturday 14th February 2015.

Stephen Waine
Stephen Waine

This special service began at 3.30pm and included a sermon by the new Dean.  Speaking about his new role, Stephen said: 'I'm looking forward very much to taking my place in the life of the Cathedral, and to discovering how it may best serve the people and parishes of the Diocese.'

The Installation was a fascinating mix of the Cathedral's current life and local community, and its rich and ancient heritage.  Traditionally, a dean's appointment is made by the Crown and announced by 10 Downing Street - this process took place last November and the Queen was therefore represented at the service by the Lord Lieutenants of East and West Sussex who presented the new Dean to the Bishop of Chichester, the Right Revd Dr Martin Warner.

Commenting on the service, the Bishop said 'This is a great day for our Cathedral, parishes and the wider Diocese as Stephen officially begins his new ministry as Dean.  The Cathedral, of course, also serves both the City of Chichester and the County of Sussex and we enjoyed celebrating those relationships once again as we welcomed visitors and representatives to the service.  Our Cathedral is called upon to be a centre for the worship of God and witness to Jesus Christ, serving the whole Diocese and the people of Sussex.  Along with his Chapter colleagues, I pray for Stephen and the whole Cathedral team as we arrive joyfully at this moment.'

Stephen Waine Inscription
Stephen Waine Inscription

The Installation took place within the act of worship for which Cathedrals are probably most famous - Choral Evensong.  Many countrywide civic dignitaries attended, including the Mayor of Chichester and the Mayor of Brighton and Hove, the Chairman of West Sussex County Council and the Chairman of Chichester District Council, the Vice Chair of East Sussex County Council and the High Sheriffs of East and West Sussex.  Deans from neighbouring cathedrals, visiting bishops and church leaders from Bamberg, Bayreuth, Chartres and Berlin also attended.

During the service the Dean was 'in-stalled' - symbolically placed in his 'stall' within the Cathedral Quire.  The Quire contains a number of beautiful wooden stalls dating from the 14th century; these stalls seat clergy and the Cathedral Choir, who face each other in the tradition of 'antiphonal' choral singing - singing alternate verses from side to side.  The service also included presenting the Dean with a Bible, a rod (this symbolises the spiritual discipline of truth and prayer) and a 'loaf of common bread' (historically the bread represents the produce grown on Cathedral land that would have nourished the clergy and community).

A brand new piece of choral music was also performed for the first time by the Cathedral Choir, this piece was commissioned especially for the Installation and is a contemporary setting of the prayer of St Richard of Chichester by the composer Frederick Stocken.

Towards the end of the service the Dean was greeted by representatives of the Counties of East and West Sussex, the District and City, the Diocese and the local community, the Cathedral community, European partners and other churches.  The Installation was followed by refreshments in a marquee on the Cathedral's South West Lawn.

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