Today the General Synod of the Church of England voted unanimously to draw up an order of service for use in the parish to re-induct a parish priest who has recently changed sex.
A draft rite for experimental use has already been prepared by the Liturgical Commission:
Archdeacon: What is your present sex?
Clergyperson: M or F or ….
Archdeacon: I am obliged by Canon Law to ask if you continue to be the same person previously known as ………
Clergyperson: I am, God being my helper.
Bishop: N now M, you have served faithfully as pastor of this congregation. Is it now your intention, after extensive reconstructive surgery, to persevere in this calling?
Clergyperson: It is.
Bishop: People of God in this parish, do you recognise ……as your pastor and guide, in his/her/its new capacity and gender?
People: We do.
Bishop: N now M, I duly invest you with all the rights and privileges of this benefice for such time as you continue in your present gender. In the name of God, Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier*. Amen.
People: Welcome, thrice welcome. You have become a New Creation.
The congregation and all participants shall then repair to the parish hall for a good old-fashioned knees-up.
*The more traditional wording ‘Father, Son and Holy Spirit’ may be used in parishes adhering to The Society, unless the priest in question declares it to be demeaning or offensive.