Around 900 people joined 12 bishops and a host of civic guests at St Edmundsbury Cathedral for the final celebration of the centenary year of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich on Sunday.
The service began with a procession of 200 clergy, civic leaders, mayors, judges and dignitaries who entered the cathedral to trumpeters playing the fanfare for St Edmundsbury by Benjamin Britten - first performed in 1959 for the Magna Carta Pageant in the Abbey grounds.
There was prayer, readings, music, singing of the Centenary African Children’s song and dancing performed by children from across Suffolk.
The Rt Rev Dr David Thomson, acting bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, said: “A highlight of the service was the bishops offering anointing to all, for future ministry and service. It was a very moving and special way to prepare for a new shared future with a new bishop.”
As part of the event three bishops cut the centenary cake, baked by Canon Graham Hedger, assistant diocesan secretary, and there was a talk by well-known Suffolk church expert Roy Tricker.