Diocesan Big Day Live On Bbc Tv

BBC Television has announced details of its live coverage of the Royal Maundy Ceremony at Westminster Abbey on Thursday 21st April. Huw Edwards will be hosting the programme on BBC1 and BBC1 in High Definition when forty nominees from the Diocese in Europe will be among the recipients of the Royal Maundy purses.

The Diocesan and Suffragan Bishops will be at the ceremony, with most of the archdeacons who represent this vast diocese which has 270 churches and congregations in 42 countries, across 3 continents and covers one-sixth of the earth’s land surface.

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(Pictures from last year's Royal Maundy event are courtesy of Derby Cathedral)

The recipients have been chosen for their contribution to the life of the church within the Diocese in Europe and will each receive two purses. A red purse contains a £5 coin commemorating the Duke of Edinburgh’s ninetieth birthday, and a 50p coin which is one of the twenty nine designs celebrating the forthcoming 2012 London Olympic Games. Both coins have been minted this year.

 The white purse contains uniquely minted Maundy Money. This takes the form of one, two, three and four penny pieces in silver, the sum of which equals the number of years the Monarch has years of age. This year there will be 85 pennies worth distributed. All the coins are newly minted this year.

A total of 170 men and women will receive the coins, to mark the Queen’s 85th birthday which, by a happy coincidence, falls on Maundy Thursday this year. The honours are being shared with the Diocese of Sodor and Man, which covers the Isle of Man, and Westminster Abbey which is hosting the occasion. It is the first time that the Diocese in Europe, which was formally created in 1980, has been honoured with a Royal Maundy invitation which will unite the smallest and largest of the 44 dioceses in the Church of England.

Pictures and further coverage of the event will be posted on the diocesan website and later in a special section of the June edition of the diocesan magazine, The European Anglican. BBC television coverage is from 10.45am to 12.15pm.

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