|Not this year's service but it gives a passing impression of this most impressive splendid and impressive service|
Today the religious struggles of the mid-seventeenth century are long passed and Sons of the Clergy continues to be a major charity helping clergymen and their families for more details go to http://www.sonsoftheclergy.org.uk/
To return to the service at St Paul's. As a major charity of the Church of England it was a splendid affair. Massed choirs, massed bishops, marvellous hymns and the general ebb and flow of the service with the City and Livery present in full regalia created a great momentum that assailed both the senses immediately and the spirit in slightly slower time.
Afterwards there was a dinner at Merchant Taylors' Hall where I was fortunate to sit next to David Rossdale, Bishop of Grimsby, who turned out to be great advocate of academies. It was good to share experiences that, in many ways, despite the differences between rural Lincolnshire and East London were very similar. Incidentally I did not find out at the time but he is a fellow blogger: www.davidrossdale.wordpress.com