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The Institution of the Reverend Dr Andrew Charles Blume as Ninth Rector

Sunday, 25 November 2007 at four o'clock

crowd gathers

The crowd gathers


“Ecce sacerdos magnus” The Sacred Ministers, Wardens and Vestry greet the Bishop and the new rector at the 87th Street door of the church

Laying on incense


The Bishop asperses the congregation

wardens escort new rector

The Wardens wait to present Fr Blume to the Bishop

At the Induction members of the congregation present the new rector with symbols of his ministry.

The presentation of symbols



Professor Elizabeth Koenig makes a presentation.

Search committee member Karen Christian presents Fr Blume with an historic photograph of the church.

“Andrew, Let all these be signs of the ministry which is mine and yours in this place”


Kneeling at the altar, the new rector commits himself to this ministry.

Bishop Sisk addresses the congregation after formally presenting the new rector.

Organist and Choirmaster Douglas Keilitz hard at work at the organ console. The choir sang a wonderful selection of English sacred music, including works by Howells and Elgar.

The Ministers line-up before making their way to the reception.

Father Pike, who preached a delightful sermon replete with personal reminiscences can be seen behind the crucifer.


Bishop Sisk is clearly enjoying himself. On the left you can see Fr Pike with The Very Rev'd and Mrs James P. Morton


As the party winds down, people are still celebrating!