Accession service at Norwich Cathedral also honours link between the Christian faith and justice system

A special choral evensong was held in Norwich yesterday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Queen's accession to the throne and also to honour the continuing connection between Christianity and the administration of justice in the city.

High court judge Mr Justice Sweeney, who is currently visiting the city and sitting at Norwich Crown Court, said it was a great honour to be invited to the service which was held at Norwich Cathedral in the early evening.

The welcome in the order of service said: 'We celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne, and the ancient and continuing connection between our Christian faith and the administration of justice in our land.

'Please pray for the Queen and the Hon Mr Justice Sweeney, and all who administer justice in the courts of this city.'

The service was conducted by the Rev Canon Jeremy Haselock, canon precentor and vice-dean, and it began with a special procession involving many Norfolk dignitaries and members of the city's judicial system and local government.

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Among those to attend were High Sheriff of Norfolk Georgina Holloway, Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk Richard Jewson, the Lord Mayor of Norwich Jenny Lay, Norfolk coroner William Armstrong, and Norfolk's district and circuit judges.

The High Sheriff gave the Old Testament reading Joshua 1: 1-9, and Mr Justice Sweeney gave the New Testament Reading Romans 13: 1-10

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