Everyone has a call to be there in advance, with the time depending on what position they are filling. Sometimes an acolyte doesn't make it in time, so you may see a Verger lurking at the Forum to look for a substitute.
One thing that's striking is how much joy there is in service. For Pentecost, the clergy gather in the inner sacristy to select a cope to wear from the large closet and they clearly enjoy that.
With two thurifers on Pentecost, this is done twice.
As I said, there's a lot of joy in service, and also a certain amount of adrenaline. Here are the smiles and excitement as the Silver Team prepares to step off.
And there they go, following the choir. Note those candles are held at exactly the same height and the acolytes are exactly on step.
Here go the clergy, marshalled by the Head Verger on the side.
Dean Penny nearly always goes at the end of the queue. Head Verger Lisa is also called the Dean's Verger. She waits to fall in before her Dean....
And the procession steps into the Cathedral, singing the opening hymn.
Importantly, this does not show the substantial labors of our devoted sacristans, who meet at a Saturday working party each week to get everything ready for Sunday. They keep the linens clean and mended, the silver glowing in anticipation, set up the Credence Table beforehand and clean everything afterward. Hem pulled? Last minute button fell off a vestment? Call your sacristans! They deserve a photoessay all to themselves, so look for that in the future.
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