Wednesday, 16 May 2012

St Paul's and the clergy


Sons of the clergy recognised that there was a pressing need for charitable help for the clergy and so they set up the Corporation of the Sons of the Clergy. One of their first actions was to establish an annual Festival which included the Festival Service. This was back in 1655 which is why I was attending the 358th Festival.

The service was held at St Paul's Cathedral and was attended by the Lord Mayor, Archbishops, Bishops, Sheriffs, Aldermen and the Masters and Prime Wardens of over 80 Livery Companies, all of whom paraded in fully gowned - a magnificent sight. The Mistress's of the Companies were also in attendance in a prime location. The service, which included two choirs in addition to that of St Paul's Cathedral, perfectly reflected the splendour of the surroundings. It even encouraged the congregation to raise their voices, although in my case not too loud.

In all a memorable event which contributed to a worthy cause.

John Flynn
Master Marketor    

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