As a county ecumenical officer, Debbie gets invitations to a wide variety of events and services from all church backgrounds. She recently got an invitation to Westminster Abbey for a service of evening prayer in the presence of Pope Benedict and the Archbishop of Canterbury. It's the first invitation to a service I've seen where you are asked to bring ID, such as a passport, but it's all security, I guess.
She was also recently given a copy of a special booklet with the congregational texts for all the services during his visit, called "Magnificat". Given Debs isn't going to London, we thought we'd have a look at what she's missing. It's fairly predictable stuff, until you get to the exciting moment where (and I quote verbatim) "The Pope and The Archbishop exchange Addresses"
Rowan: "I live in that rather large place across the River. Lambeth Palace - yes the post-code is SE1 7JU. Do you need my mobile?"
Pope: "No, I prefer things in writing. Send anything to The Pope, The Vatican. It should reach me OK".
Following that the Dean will get the incense out and venerate the Altar and the Church Leaders. I'm not an expert on holy smoke, but I've never come across Church Leaders being venerated before. Must be an ecumenical matter, Ted.