Some of you may know that our new bishop, the Rt. Rev. Shane Parker, loves wood-working. In fact, he made his own crozier (the bishop's ceremonial staff) from an ironwood staff he cut in 1978, cherry wood from a tree a beaver cut down, and couplings from an old umbrella stand! Our thanks to the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Ottawa for these lovely "before and after" photos. We look forward to learning more about the crozier when our bishop joins us for Valley Zoom Coffee Hour.
Following his consecration, Bishop Shane stood in the forecourt of Christ Church Cathedral in a moment of silent prayer, and then offered the following blessing for the City of Ottawa. The tradition of a new bishop blessing their “See City” is an ancient apostolic custom: