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Hallo again to all.

The consecration in New Hampshire. Click here for a larger image.

The Reverend V. Gene Robinson was consecrated bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of New Hampshire on 2 November, early evening US Eastern Time, 993rd in the American succession.

There are times when words fail. And this is one of them. Everything that can be said about this event, we suspect, has been said.

When prose fails, poetry and prayer can step in and do the work.

Searching for God is the first thing and the last, but in between such trouble, and such pain. —Jane Kenyon*

O God of unchangeable power and eternal light:
Look favorably on your whole Church,
that wonderful and sacred mystery;
by the effectual working of your providence,
carry out in tranquillity the plan of salvation;
let the whole world see and know
that things which were being cast down are being raised up,
and things which had grown old are being made new,
and that all things are being brought to their perfection
by him through whom all things were made,
your Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

—A prayer from the 8th-century Gelasian sacramentary, used in the liturgy for the Ordination of a Bishop in the American Book of Common Prayer (1979)

Whether you rejoice or whether you weep, whether you are confused or whether you are certain, you will always be welcome here at Anglicans Online.

See you next week.

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Cynthia McFarland
Brian Reid

Last updated: 2 November 2003

*from With the Dog at Sunrise. Jane Kenyon (1947-1995) was New Hampshire's poet laureate at the time of her death.

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