The remarkable summer being experienced by the Archdeacon of Monmouth has continued with a wedding with a Norwegian flavour in Abergavenny.
Three weeks after being elected as the next Bishop of Monmouth, the Venerable Richard Pain presided at the wedding of his son Jonathan to fiancée Maria Ronessen, a research technician from Norway.
The wedding, at St Mary’s Priory Church in Abergavenny, had a distinct Norwegian flavour as many of Miss Ronessen’s family wore national costume to the service.
Jonathan Pain, 29, a financial services consultant, and Miss Ronessen live in Caldicot but chose to marry in the 1,000-year-old St Mary’s Priory Church in Abergavenny as the Ven Pain and wife Julie have lived in the town since he was appointed Archdeacon.
The service, which took place on Monday, August 12, was conducted jointly by the Ven Richard Pain and the Revd Mark Soady, Vicar of Abergavenny, with St Mary’s Church Choir, fresh from a week as choir in residence of Coventry Cathedral, singing Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring before the service and pieces by John Rutter during the signing of the register.
The Ven R Pain will be consecrated as a Bishop at Llandaff Cathedral on September 21, his 57th birthday, and Enrthoned as Bishop of Monmouth in Newport Cathedral on October 18.