Installation of Prebendaries
Evensong on Tuesday 10th May 2016 includes the collation and installation of two new "Prebendaries".
Julian Ould (Team Rector of Totnes Team Ministry and Rural Dean of Totnes Deanery) and Cate Edmonds (Team Vicar in the Otter Vale Team Ministry, Rural Dean of Ottery Deanery and Diocesan Advisor on Educational Chaplaincy) will formally be admitted to the Cathedral's "College of Canons" during the ceremony.
There are 26 Prebendaries in total, each of whom is a member of the College of Canons of the Cathedral, with their own stall in the quire. This means that they provide advice to the Cathedral when consulted and have to formally approve the appointment of a new Diocesan Bishop. Traditionally, a Prebend provided an annual income to supplement that derived from the parochial income. Today, with stipends standardised each new Prebendary is presented with a loaf of bread to symbolise this ancient entitlement.
The service takes place at 17.30, is led by the Cathedral Choir and all are welcome. The Preces and Responses are sung to the setting by Michael Walsh. The Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis are sung to the setting by Herbert Howells in G major. The anthem is a setting of psalm 47 by the Tudor composer Orlando Gibbons:
O clap your hands together, all ye people:
O sing unto God with the voice of melody.
For the Lord is high, and to be feared:
he is the great King upon all the earth.