Boy Bishop Tim Hanks, 2005

Boy Bishop Tim Hanks, 2005

Photos: © Dean & Chapter, Hereford Cathedral

Hereford Cathedral

Hereford, Herefordshire, England

Evensong Ceremony of the Boy Bishop

Hereford Cathedral was the first place in England to revive a boy bishop tradition. It began in 1973 as part of a Gift Service for the Church of England's Children's Society, but without the traditional ceremonies. In 1982 the cathedral incorporated some of the traditional liturgy into Evensong. The interest taken in the ceremony because of the issue of the 1986 stamp led to including the procession around the cathedral and the blessing of the people by the Boy Bishop.

Ceremony of the Boy Bishop, Hereford Cathedral

Boy Bishop Tim Hanks, 2005
Boy Bishop Frazer Haviz seated in the medieval bishop's throne, 2004
Boy Bishop Timothy Noon, 1988
The Boy Bishop Service, 2005
1986 Christmas stamp illustrating the Hereford Boy Bishop