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Synod Meets For Memorable Weekend In Copenhagen

Clergy and Lay members of the Nordic/Baltic Deanery Synod which covers the most northerly parts of the diocese have been meeting in Copenhagen to share news and learn more about our common mission. One of the themes of this year’s gathering was the Environment with a seminar led by Diocesan Environmental Officer, Madeleine Holmes.

At the closing Synod Eucharist at St Alban's Church Copenhagen on 2 September, a new hymn by Bishop Geoffrey was sung.  Written earlier this year for the 400th Anniversary of St Thomas Becket Hamburg, the hymn "Celebrate with Joy and Gladness" includes reference to Saint Anskar and is sung to the tune Ode to Joy, Ludvig van Beethoven

"Now we give you praise and glory

for your saints who brought your word

to this city and this country,

kindling faith in Christ our Lord;

chief among them

holy Anskar,

Christ's Apostle to the North

boldly preaching, humbly serving,

witnessing by word and mouth."

Bishop in Anskar pulpit

The Bishop was preaching from the original pulpit at Vartov Church in Copenhagen used by Nikolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig, the famous Danish pastor, educationalist, philosopher and hymn-writer who lived from 1783 to 1872.     Grundtvig was one of the most influential people in Danish history.Bishop Geoffrey reminded the congregation that Grundtvig had once met John Henry Newman.

 St Alban's Church Copenhagen will celebrate the 125th anniversary of its consecration on 16 September 2012.  The anniversary will be celebrated at the Parish Eucharist, followed by a short boat ride into the city and a celebratory 125 Jubilee Brunch for 120 people.

HRH The Prince of Wales has agreed to become Patron of the Church Restoration Fund, and the first stage to restore the Victorian stained glass has been completed.

Diana Webster with Maundy money

During the weekend Bishop Geoffrey presented a set of royal Maundy Money to Mrs Diana Webster, a longstanding member of St Nicholas Helsinki. Diana represented The Diocese in Europe for ten years in the General Synod House of Laity. Archdeacon Jonathan LLoyd, who was a General Synod member at the same time as Diana, is pictured right.