A second bishop will be ‘ordained’ at St German’s Cathedral in Peel later today (Saturday) – but he will remain in post for only 22 days.
The ceremony, which is part of the festival to celebrate St Nicholas, or Santa Claus, will revive an ancient tradition stretching back to Viking times, when a boy from the Cathedral choir was selected to serve as a Chorister Bishop.
Peter Boussougou, who is head chorister, has been chosen as the first Chorister Bishop for the modern revival of the tradition and he will serve from December 6 to December 28.
During the special service he receives a pastoral staff, and will dress in replica Bishop’s dress and be installed on the Bishop’s throne.
In his new role, Peter will lead prayers, distribute presents to the children and bless the congregation. In addition to this he is expected to take part in other services at the Cathedral over the Christmas period.
Young members of the Messy Church will tell the story of St Nicholas and his connection with the island and there will also be a special performance by the Grace Notes choir from Peel Clothworkers’ School.
In addition, the Cathedral choir will perform an anthem.
The idea of the service is to acknowledge the importance of music and the Cathedral Choir in the life of the Cathedral. Children will be welcome at the service which is at the Cathedral starting at 4.30pm, followed by a Christmas tea.