April 24, 2017

Warden Trivia!

...at St. George's Cathedral?
     In the Diocese of Ontario, a parish's two wardens are the Corporation of the parish, recognized in law. They along with the incumbent, are the parish’s legal trustees. They deal with all the parish business and manage the building.
     There is a Rector’s Warden (called the Dean’s Warden where appropriate) and a People’s Warden.  The Rector’s Warden is the choice of the Rector and the People’s Warden is the choice of the people of the parish.
     In this Diocese, there can also be a Deputy Warden. When the term of a Warden is completed, that person is replaced by the Deputy Warden.
     Although the Corporation is legally comprised of the two Wardens and the Incumbent, at St George’s we have an Executive that meets regularly and deals with the business of the parish.  The Executive includes the Rector, Wardens, Deputy Warden and the parish Treasurer.
     St. George’s Cathedral is traditional in many ways.  Each Warden is identified by a wand that is a symbol of their position.  The wands are attached to the centre aisle end of each Warden’s pew. The wand of the Rector’s Warden has a brass Bishop’s mitre on the top of it.  The wand of the People’s Warden has a brass crown on the top of it.  At ceremonial occasions, like the installation of a Bishop of the Diocese, the two Wardens walk in the procession, and each carries his/her wand or symbol of office.  This indicates the support of both the Rector and the People of the parish.
     Each Warden has his/her own pew, the last pew in the front section.  This tradition goes back a very long way in the Church of England. 

The People’s Warden’s pew is on the same side as the pulpit from which the sermon is given. 

The People's Warden is Kevin R.  He supervises the Children's church.  He usually sits near the Stuart Room door.


The Dean’s Warden’s pew is on the same side as the lectern (in St. George’s this is the brass eagle).  The Dean's (or Rector's) Warden is Ken W.  

You will notice that the Wardens’ pews have small brass plaques on them. One should expect to see the Wardens sitting in their designated pews….so don’t sit there if you’re not a Warden!  Interestingly, there is no “assigned” pew for the parish’s Deputy Warden, probably because in early days, the position didn’t exist.  The Deputy Warden is Tony Ashworth.  

As an aside, in earlier days each family had its own pew (for which it paid an annual fee to the parish!), and sat in the same location every Sunday.  You’ll see that some pews still have numbers on them; one could look up the name of the family that sat in a particular numbered pew!