Cathedral Stages Live Read-a-Thon in Anniversary Celebration
No Sleep Till Revelation
Live Read-a-Thon in Anniversary
7 February 2011
The world’s most famous book is to be the subject of a marathon – but reading not running will mark the occasion.
The King James version of the Bible, which turns 400 this year, is to be read aloud continuously at the Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary from March 6.
The epic event is being organised to coincide with the first anniversary of the church’s consecration as a Cathedral.
Dean of Taranaki, Jamie Allen, will read aloud for an estimated eighty hours – taking no more than five minute breaks. “No sleep till revelation”. The Dean says he is not daunted by the perils of reading non-stop for four days.
“I won’t sleep for three nights, so I’m hoping the sound of my own voice won’t send me off ! But I am looking forward to the poetry and sometimes convolutions of King James version.”
While the version is now seen as old-fashioned it emerged in 1611 after remarkable advances in Hebrew and Greek scholarship.
“It was translated with the goal of being read aloud. In many ways we have moved on from that era of thee’s and thou’s, but it was the first Bible version to come to these shores and is still held in considerable affection today.”
The event will also help raise funds for a new youth Enabler co-ordinator, a role that will see someone caring for and making networks with young people across the city and throughout Taranaki.
“One of the youth worker's roles will be to share the Word of the Bible, so there's quite a powerful link. We will aim to raise at least $25,000 towards the youth ministry post through this non-stop read. My five minute breaks (no more than one per hour) will be covered by teenagers – so that the Word continues.”
Sponsorship is now being received from other churches, organizations and individuals – especially those interested in work with young people. Other celebration and fundraising events are planned around the marathon read. Much of it will be done in the Cathedral although there are plans to read sections at a Marae, in the foyer at Puke Ariki, in the city centre, and on the beach. Mr Allen will continue reading aloud while being driven to each venue.
The Dean is hoping that people from around the city and region will call into the Cathedral to sit and listen, reflect on the Bible’s significance and depth and reflect upon the impact of its words.
He aims to finish about 7.30pm on Wednesday March 10 coincide with the beginning of an ecumenical Ash Wednesday service.
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