On the Thursday before Easter there is a service in the morning, at the Cathedral, to which all clergy are invited to renew their ordination vows. Oils used for anointing are also set aside and blessed for use across the Diocese.
So, I was there, sat in a choir stall, part of the service. And what struck me?
Well, that it is tricky to make what you say heard. The bishop did well. He has learnt to speak in short phrases, let the echo blend into what is still hanging in the air, then move on to the next phrase. And to use the tones that suit the acoustic environment.
A cathedral is built for proclamation – a place from which the words of God can be preached, and the word of God, Jesus, recognised for who he is. And received.
Perhaps that is why they are built to echo. Maybe that is the key feature.
We are called to share the good news we have received. Not optional. We need to speak the phrase, hear the echo of what has been heard, and let that adapt what we say next. Our phraseology needs to be adapted to the cathedral we live in. It’s what the stones are waiting for. Feel it and enjoy it – it is the word of life.