Photo gallery: Song and prayer rings out at Norwich Cathedral to mark 20th anniversary of first ordination of women to the priesthood

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the First Ordination of Women to the Priesthood at Norwich Cathedral. Photo: Steve Adams Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the First Ordination of Women to the Priesthood at Norwich Cathedral. Photo: Steve Adams

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
5:03 PM

Song and celebration rang out proudly at Norwich Cathedral this afternoon at a special service to mark this year’s 20th anniversary of the first ordination of women to the priesthood in the Church of England.

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The Rt Revd Graham James led today’s service which saw a handful of the original 20 women, who were ordained in Norwich on this day 20 years ago, read prayers and a sermon.

Of the twenty female deacons who were ordained, ten were reunited today and attended a seminar before the service.

The four guest speakers talked about women in ministry over the last 50 years.

The first ordinations were held on March 12, 1994, at Bristol Cathedral.

Today’s event in Norwich was held ahead of the national celebration which is taking place in London this Saturday, where there will be a procession from Westminster Abbey to St Paul’s Cathedral followed by an invitation only service of celebration at St Paul’s Cathedral.

There will be audio feed and communion brought to Paternoster Square, outside the Cathedral.

• Meet the women who changed history in tomorrow’s papers.



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