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Bishop of Clogher to be enthroned at services in Clogher and Enniskillen cathedrals

The Bishop of Clogher, the Right Revd Dr Ian Ellis, will be enthroned at two services this week.

The Enthronement Services take place in St. Macartan’s Cathedral, Clogher, on Thursday, 8th September, at 7.30pm and in St Macartin’s Cathedral, Enniskillen, on Sunday, 11th September, at 7pm.

The Rt Revd Dr Ian Ellis, Bishop of Clogher.
The Rt Revd Dr Ian Ellis, Bishop of Clogher.

A tradition at the enthronement service that the Bishop knocks at the West Door and waits for entry at the beginning of the services. The congregation will act out the fact that he recognises the Cathedral has a life and ministry of its own and yet is also his Church.

The enthronement services mark the beginning of Bishop Ian’s public ministry in the Diocese in a special way, even though he has been Bishop for some time already. It is also a service of celebration and welcome.

Enthronement is at the heart of what happens during the service, as Bishop Ian will sit in the seat (the Cathedra) that is reserved for the Bishop. The Bishop’s seat resembles a throne, and is there to call for unity and to invite people to gather around that chair from which the Bishop spreads the Gospel.

The Dean and Cathedral Chapter of the Diocese of Clogher have extended a warm welcome to parishioners and friends across the diocese to be present at one of both of the Services of Enthronement.

The service in Clogher will be a Service of Evening Prayer on the Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary and in Enniskillen Cathedral, the service will be a celebration of Holy Communion on the Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity.

Bishop Ellis will be the preacher at both services.


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