The pottiest of blessings for Bishop of Burnley

Bishop of Burnley, Phillip North, blessing a new toilet at Holy Trinity Church, Wray. (s)
Bishop of Burnley, Phillip North, blessing a new toilet at Holy Trinity Church, Wray. (s)

The Bishop of Burnley flushed out the perfect Bible passage when he blessed a new church toilet near Lancaster last week.

Not letting the chance for a great blessing at Holy Trinity Church, Wray, go down the pan, the Rt Rev. Philip North turned to Twitter to ask for suggestions for prayers and passages. And a wealth of funny replies came flooding back.

“I’ve blessed a lot of things in my life but never a lavatory,” he said.

“I was thrilled to be asked but I was unsure what to preach about! I had a lot of response on Twitter with some witty replies.”

Fr James Mather, for example, quipped: “Yonder is the sea, great and wide, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts...”

Meanwhile, Alan Charter tweeted a picture of a WC with the quote: “Finally brothers, aim for perfection.”

David Keen posted, “From the throne came rumblings like thunder” while Tim Cox offered, “Moses took two tablets and went up the mountain.”

But far from driving him potty, the bishop found the fun in the challenge.

After all, as he said: “Christianity is all about finding the joy in things - and this is one blessing I’ll certainly remember!”