On the Feast of All Saints and All Souls, the Parish of Gisborne welcomed the new Bishop of the Oodthenong Episcopate to the Church of the Resurrection for confirmations and the blessing of the first part of the Spiritual Walk.
Bishop Kate Prowd was ordained Bishop on October 6th, and this was not only her first visit to the Macedon Ranges as Bishop but also, her first confirmations.
Bishop Kate was welcomed to the Parish by the Wardens and then presided over a very moving service that was marked with joyful singing, led by the Parish Choir and the Young Voices of Macedon.
Accompanied by the five confirmees, Bishop Kate blessed and walked the labyrinth during the singing of the Taizè chant Laudate Dominum (Praise the Lord).
After the hallowing (an old word which means ‘blessing’ from which we get “Hallowe’en) Bishop Kate was joined by Athol Guy, together with Rosemary and Peter Davies who were instrumental in bringing the concept of the Spiritual Walk into existence.
The Walk is not just something for the Parish.
Fr Dennis Webster spoke of it as a resource and gift for the Diocese of Melbourne as well as the shire.