The Bishop Is Coming!

A Practical Guide for Bishops and Congregations

Paul V. Marshall

May/2007, 116 Pages, Paperback, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9780898695427



This short book has a dual purpose and is aimed at two audiences: Through practical instruction and guidance, it equips bishops to minister effectively as the chief pastor in the diocese, while helping clergy and congregations reduce the eternal anxiety around the words, "The bishop is coming." Realizing that ceremonial custom varies among dioceses and congregations, the author lays out some normative principles that should be followed in all liturgies at which the bishop presides or is present. His clear, engaging, and often humorous style will put the reader at ease when dealing with ceremonial material.

The Rt. Rev. Paul V. Marshall is the former bishop of the Diocese of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and the author of several books, including Prayer Book Parallels; One Catholic and Apostolic: Samuel Seabury and the Early Episcopal Church; and Same-Sex Unions: Stories and Rites. Prior to his consecration as bishop, he was professor of liturgics at the Yale Divinity School.

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