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New Chair of the Liturgical Commission

Fol­low­ing the resig­na­tion of the Rt Revd Steph­en Plat­ten as Chair of the Litur­gic­al Com­mis­sion it has been announced that the new Chair is to be Robert Atwell, Bish­op of Exeter. He will take up this pos­i­tion in Janu­ary 2015.

I can find no announce­ment of this from the Church of Eng­land, but the latest issue of Prax­is News of Wor­ship indic­ates that it was announced at a meet­ing of the Litur­gic­al Com­mis­sion in early May, by the act­ing Chair, Robert Pater­son, Bish­op of Sod­or and Man.

Robert Atwell is the author of a num­ber of litur­gic­al books includ­ing Cel­eb­rat­ing the Saints and Cel­eb­rat­ing the Sea­sons as well as the recent The Good Wor­ship Guide. Pre­vi­ously Vicar of Prim­rose Hill, and then Bish­op Suf­frag­an of Stock­port in the dio­cese of Chester, he was con­firmed as Bish­op of Exeter on 30 April, and will be enthroned in Exeter Cathed­ral in July.


  • James says:

    I was both glad and relieved to hear of this appoint­ment (but why no offi­cial announce­ment from the House of Bish­ops, I won­der?). It means that the future devel­op­ment of the Com­mon Wor­ship pro­ject will not sud­denly shift in a par­tic­u­lar dir­ec­tion (let the read­er under­stand) and that the needs of the whole Church of Eng­land will be served by the Litur­gic­al Commission.

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