The following is a message from Bishop Donald Arden to the women priested in 1994 and all who followed.
Bishop Arden, now 98 years old. He was one of the bishops who always supported women’s ordination and was a great and wonderful inspiration to so many. He is not able to attend the national service at St Paul’s on Saturday so he sends the following greeting to everyone attending. We thank him and his wife Jane. We will think of him and all he has contributed throughout his ministry to the flourishing of God’s Love and Word in our lives.
“I send you and all the people I helped to ordain on those two glorious days 20 years ago, my heartfelt thanks for all that you are and for all you have done as priests for the Kingdom of God. Alleluia!
God bless every single one of you.
REJOICE AND BE GLAD! ALLELUIA ALLELUIA”
For those not able to attend the service and march tomorrow, we hope to be tweeting and will be using the hashtags #womenpriests20 and #20yearsofwomenpriests. We will also being posting photographs of the day on our website as soon as possible after Saturday.