New Bishop of St Davids to be consecrated
The new Bishop of St Davids will be consecrated at a special service this month.
Bishop Dorrien Davies will be anointed and receive the symbols of the office of a bishop, during his consecration on January 27.
The service follows his election in October as the 130th Bishop of St Davids, the diocese which covers the three West Wales counties of Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion.
It will take place at St Deiniol’s Cathedral in Bangor as that is the seat of the current Archbishop of Wales, Andrew John, who is also the Bishop of Bangor.
During the service, Bishop Dorrien will be anointed with holy oil and presented with the symbols of office: a bishop’s episcopal ring, a pectoral cross, a mitre, a Bible and a pastoral staff. A new music composition will be sung by the choir as the symbols are presented. Composed by the Cathedral music director, Joe Cooper, it is a setting of a sixteenth century Welsh poem by Dafydd Trefor about the consecration of Deiniol, the first Bishop of Bangor.
The consecration service will be led by the Archbishop with the other Welsh diocesan bishops and attended by 300 guests representing churches and civic institutions across Wales. Bishops from the other Anglican churches in the UK - the Church of England, the Church of Ireland and the Scottish Episcopal Church – will also be present.
Dorrien is a very experienced priest and has won the hearts of those he has served over the years
The service starts at 2pm and will be live-streamed on the Cathedral’s Youtube channel - for everyone to join in.
Archbishop Andrew, who will also give the address, says, “I am delighted to consecrate Dorrien, with colleagues, and invest in him the symbols of his office as bishop. Dorrien is a very experienced priest and has won the hearts of those he has served over the years. I am sure we will all hold him in our prayers as he begins this new chapter in his ministry.”
Bishop Dorrien says, “As I approach my consecration I do now with great humility. To be elected the 130th Bishop of St Davids is an honour and a challenge. I look forward to the future, thankful for the prayers, help and support of a great many people. However, the reassurance of God’s guiding love and grace is with me, with hope and joy. I ask for people’s continual prayer as I begin this new chapter in my ministry.”
Following his consecration, Bishop Dorrien will be enthroned Bishop of St Davids at St Davids Cathedral on February 3. He will be installed in the Bishop’s chair and also welcomed by representatives from across St Davids Diocese.