Went to the ordination of deacons on Sunday at Blackburn cathedral. Being of a high disposition in this Diocese, the service included the use of incense (first time I have known this at an ordination). It's not my thing, but I have no theological objections. The snag on Sunday was that whatever mix they were using was especially pungent and got to the back of lots of people's throats, including mine, so a steady stream of coughs ensued.
What made matters worse for those around me was that the alcove where the thurifer and boat girl (see I do know this stuff really) were sitting was near our seats. There was no escape. As it was July 1st, the irony was not lost on me that the air in the neighbouring pub would be cleaner than that in Church.
Anyway, it was great to be there to see a former chaplaincy assistant, Ness Starkey, ordained.