A PACKED audience turned out at Chichester Cathedral to show their love for the new Dean of Chichester on Valentine’s Day.
A special installation service was held to welcome Stephen John Waine to take his place in the cathedral on Saturday, February 14.
The dean’s official appointment took place last November by the crown and the Queen was represented at the service by the Lord Lieutenants of East and West Sussex, who presented the new dean to the Bishop of Chichester, the Right Revd Dr Martin Warner.
The precession prior to the service included a number of key figures within the Diocese of Chichester, including the Bishops of Horsham and Lewes, the Cathedral Chapter, visiting deans and bishops as well as the cathedral choir.
Presentor Canon Tim Schofield installed Stephen Waine as dean, saying: “In the name and on behalf of the chapter of this cathedral church, I receive and admit you, Stephen John Waine, to be dean of this cathedral church and invest you in this office by this book as to spirituals, and this bread as to temporals.
“In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”
Full details of the service and pictures will appear in next week’s paper.