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A booklet (orbituary) depicting the life of Bishop Michael Hartley Eldon.
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We live today in a world of change, and whilst the context of the Good News must and cannot be ever changed, nevertheless its mode of expression must be in a manner intelligible to and relevant to the people, young and old, of this age.Bishop Michael Hartley Eldon 1972


A Pontifical Concelebrated Eucharist of Thanksgiving for the life of the lateRight Reverend MICHAEL HARTLEY ELDONBorn: 8th August 1931 Died: 7th February 2011Service Held AtChrist Church Cathedral George Street Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas on Tuesday, 15th February 2011 at 11:00 a.m.OfficiatingThe Most Revd. Dr. The Honourable John W. D. HolderArchbishop of The West Indies Bishop of the Diocese of BarbadosThe Rt. Revd. Laish Z. Boyd Sr.Bishop of the Diocese of The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos IslandsThe Most Revd. Drexel W. GomezAssistant Bishop of the Diocese of The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos IslandsThe Rt. Revd. Gilbert A. ThompsonAssistant Bishop of the Diocese of The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos IslandsOther Bishops of the Province of The West Indies Cremation will follow.


Director of Music Mr. Adrian Archer Organists Dr. Sparkman Ferguson Fr. Fred Fleischer A Combined Choir Under the direction of Mr. Adrian Archer The Diocesan Youth Ensemble Under the direction of Mr. Kaylen Jervis Servers The Guild of St. Ambrose Mr. C. Henderson Burrows, President Ushers From the Parishes in New Providence Mr. Christopher Smith, Head Usher


ORt. Revd. Michael Hartley Eldon 8th August 1931 7th February 2011ObituaryOn 8th August, 1931, Michael Hartley Eldon was born to Sidney and father, Deacon Sidney Eldon, was a committed member of St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church in Virginia Street, where he was catechist, cantor, vestryman, and chorister, and Michael often accompanied him on his duties around the church. For as long as anyone knew Michael Eldon, he wanted to be a priest. This was a calling that had been felt by his father and grandfather before him, but as men of colour in The Bahamas, neither of them was able to achieve that dream. As a child, he would hold services in his home, often with a congregation of one, his sister, Keva; and as his extended family was one which kept many pets, he made a point of holding funeral services whenever one of them died, complete with hymns, mourners, procession and interments. His parents, Sidney and Rowena Eldon, were committed to the advancement of their children. He was sent in 1937, at some expense to both his parents pocketbooks and his mothers pride, to Queens College, then notorious for excluding all but a handful of non-white Bahamians. There, he lost no time in distinguishing himself. Young Michael was somewhat of an athlete in his youth, distinguishing himself as a sprinter at Queens College; but his preference was for scholarship. He His academic achievement did not stop with his success at and support of T. A. Toote and A. F. Adderley, Michael went on to the University of Cambridge, and, together with Mr. Adderleys younger son Paul, he entered St. Catherines College, where he read Theology (Paul read Law). After distinguishing himself with a First at Cambridge, he was offered places at several Oxford colleges,


and chose St. Stephens House, an Anglican Theological College, continuing to follow his vocation. In those days, Bahamian students abroad did not return home until boarded during the holidays with Father Bartlette, Vicar of St. Saviours in the East End of London. These times made a deep impression on the young theology student, exposing him to both the hardships and the kindness of the people of the neighbourhood and the commitment of his host to his parishioners well-being. These were lessons the young Michael brought home with him, and which he put into practice in the parishes he served in The Bahamas. on 22nd July, by the Rt. Revd. Spence Burton, S.S.J.E., Lord Bishop of Nassau and The Bahamas days before his 23rd birthday and the canonical age for the diaconate (he was given a special dispensation for the ordination by the Bishop). He was sent appointed to St. Johns College, where he taught Mathematics. On 10th August, 1955, he was ordained a priest, and sent as curate to St. Matthews Parish, where he was given charge of St. Margarets Church, Kemp Road, and St. Georges Church, Montrose Avenue, both then mission churches of St. Matthews; he saw their establishment as parishes in their own right, and also served as Assistant Master of St. Johns College. These early years as a priest in New Providence opened up a new world to the young Father Eldon. From the beginning of his curacy at St. Agnes with Father Milton Cooper, Michael developed a solidarity with the Bahamian masses, and this expanded during his experiences at St. Margarets and St. Georges. From the beginning of his accession to the priesthood, it was clear that Michael Eldon was determined to make his pastoral calling his life. He saw a great need among the people for a full-time pastor, a shepherd whose whole being was focussed upon the service of God, giving over the whole of his life to address his Bahamian congregants spiritual, moral and educational needs. In 1962, Michael Eldon was appointed Parish Priest of Grand Bahama by the Rt. Revd. Bernard Markham. At that time, the island was underdeveloped, and largely without resident priests. Michael served as priest for the whole island, travelling from west to east and back again, and establishing congregations as he


went. He saw the need among the people of Grand Bahama for pastoral care, and he worked tirelessly to meet that need. In 1965 he was made Rural Dean of the Northern Bahamas, and in 1967 he was appointed Archdeacon of Grand Bahama. He made it his mission to build Anglican churches for the congregations he had established. While in Grand Bahama, too, he served as a teacher and probation Archdeacon Eldons appointment came at a turning point in Bahamian history. The the entire world was changing in radical and profound ways. Territories hitherto colonised by foreign powers were being returned to their citizens. By 1967, most of the other West Indian colonies had already been given full independence, and the Anglican Church throughout the Province of the West Indies was governed by men of colour and learning. The Bahamas lagged behind, and it was clear by now that Michael Eldon was destined for great things in the Bahamian Anglican Church. His appointment as Archdeacon of the Northern Bahamas at the relatively young age of 36 marked a commitment to prepare the church for the inevitable independence that was coming. In 1971, Michael Eldon was elected Bishop Suffragan of New June) of that year. Just under a year later, at the Elective Synod in April 1972, he was unanimously elected the eleventh Bishop of Nassau and The Bahamas in succession to the Rt. Revd. Bishop of the Diocese, then known as Nassau and The Bahamas including The Turks and Caicos Islands. As Lord Bishop, Michael Eldon continued to practise the ministry that had made him so beloved in Grand Bahamathat of a experiences in London, Bain Town, Kemp Road, the Valley,


and Grand Bahama had taught him that one of the greatest needs in the Diocese was for people to establish a personal connection with their priests and pastors. As Bishop of the Diocese, therefore, he sought to visit every parish at least once a year, including those in the southern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. In those days, long before regular airline service, getting to some of the islands posed a real challenge, especially given his very considerable girth. Nonetheless he would board the seaplanes and the dinghies that were required to access the various settlements, and think nothing of disembarking into the shallow waters to wade to the shore, as he very often had to do. In those parishes where even priests visited rarely, the presence of a Bishopand a black Bahamian Bishop at thatwas unprecedented, and earned Michael Eldon the love and respect of individuals throughout the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, Anglican and non-Anglican alike. He made it a point throughout his Ministry to celebrate Christmas and Easter, the two most important Christian holidays, in some parish that did not have a resident priest; and he performed baptisms and His presence was not only symbolic. Like many of his Eldon relatives, he was gifted with a prodigious memory; like his mother, he loved people. These two qualities together meant that he could identify every one of his parishioners by name, settlement, parish and pedigree. He loved the people he served and they loved him, and his visits throughout the islands provided him with some of his most precious moments. His appreciation of the need to serve the whole Bahamas, and his deep love for his country, came together in a determination to indigenise the Bahamian priesthood and to ensure that every island of The Bahamas, if not each parish, was served by a resident priest. Like Canon Milton Cooper before him, he encouraged young Bahamians of all walks of life to enter the priesthood, and, inspired by his example, they did so. Under his leadership, Bahamian priests were trained, parishes established and churches built throughout the Diocese. Under his leadership, too, Anglican education grew and expanded. Ever the scholar, Bishop Eldon remained committed to education, and used his own means to provide scholarships for young Bahamians of promise. Under his guidance, St. Johns College, of which his father was a founding member, was developed and expanded; the parochial school of St. Annes, originally established by Father John Pugh and his sister to serve the community of Fox Hill was similarly supported and recognised; and Freeport High School and Discovery Primary School were also brought under the umbrella of the Anglican Central Education Authority. In recognition of this commitment, the drive leading to St. Johns was renamed Bishop Eldon Drive in 1996, Freeport High and Discovery Primary were together renamed Bishop Michael Eldon School in 2005, and the College of The Bahamas named its newest building the Michael Hartley Eldon Complex in 2006.


Bishop Eldons scholarship, commitment to education, moderation and wisdom were also recognised by the Government of The Bahamas when he was appointed Founding Chairman of the Council of the College of The Bahamas in 1975, where he served for twenty years, overseeing the development of the College from community college to four-year institution, and laying the foundation for its further expansion and its progress towards university status. Michael and St. George (CMG) by Her Majesty the Queen. In July 1996, he was honoured by the Government of The Bahamas with the award of The Bahamas Order of Merit (BOM). retired on 31st August, 1996, in some part due to the fact that his physical condition had deteriorated to such an extent that he was no longer able to travel around his Diocese and serve his people as he had done. He was succeeded by his fellow Bishop, Drexel Gomez, formerly Bishop of Barbados and soon-to-become Archbishop of the Province of the West Indies. Bishop Eldon continued to serve as On 31st January, 2005, Bishop Eldon was admitted to hospital with pneumonia. Ten days later, on Ash Wednesday (9th February), he experienced a crisis, in the wake of which he slipped into a coma. Although he ultimately recovered to a limited degree, being able to open his eyes, understand what was said to him, respond to commands and show emotions, he was unable to communicate with those who visited him in any verbal way. He was cared for at home by his sister, Dr. Keva Bethel, and the private nurses of Nurses N.N.O.W. until 2008, after which he was moved to the Private Ward of the Princess Margaret Hospital, where he continued to be cared for by the nurses there. On 31st January, 2011, family were summoned to his bedside at the Princess Margaret Hospital. Although he clung to life for seven more days, it was clear that he was failing, and he passed peacefully into the presence of his Lord at 12:50 on the morning of February 7th. He was beloved until the end, and was visited throughout his six-year illness by several of his former colleagues and parishioners alike, some of whom hailed from the Family Islands, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and around the world, and who made it a point to see Bishop whenever they were in Nassau.


with his own family. Although his mother resided with him from the time he was made Bishop until her death in 1998, his commitment to the wider Diocese meant that he saw his sister, her children, and his wider family on the rare occasions that he was available. Instead of blood relatives, he oversaw the welfare of several young men of the parish, whom he regarded as his adopted sons; chief among them were Canon Delano Archer, who was brought under his wing in Grand Bahama and remained faithful until his death, and Father Tyrone McKenzie. Such was his commitment to his calling that many in the wider Anglican communion had the privilege his sister and her family were given the opportunity of growing closer to him than ever before. Such was the bond between the Eldon siblings that Dr. Keva Bethel visited him almost daily throughout his six-year illness until her own illness in the summer of 2010. He is survived by one sister, Keva Bethel; one niece, Nicolette Bethel; one nephew, Edward Bethel; one grand-nephew, Jaxon Bethel; a nephew-in-law, Philip Burrows, a niece-in-law, Tasha Bethel; cousins John and Sonja Lunn, Mabel Eldon and family, Adrian Lunn and family, Mark Lunn, Toby Lunn, David Lunn and family, Sylvia Wilkinson and family, Suzanne Farquharson and family, Rusty Scates and family, Deborah Lopez and family, Diane Scates, and the families of the late Edwin Deal, Freddie Deal, and Albert Lloyd Jr., and others including Delano Archer, Tyrone McKenzie, and Roosey Godet. Bahamas and beyond the borders of the nation to the Turks and Caicos, leaving friends, colleagues and protgs too numerous to mention. He is survived by the entire Anglican Diocese of The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands; by his dearest friends and his chaplains; by all the members of the various parish congregations, especially of the Holy Epiphany family, who called, visited, talked to him, prayed with him, turned him, and helped serve him in his illness; by the doctors and nurses who tended to him, both from Nurses N.N.O.W. and Private Medical Ward of the Princess Margaret Hospital, and all those who, known or unknown to his sister and her family, expressed their love for


I remember him because he ordained me priest. I remember him to be a person that cared for the clergy and people. He was a pastorally minded person and people mattered above everything else. We got to know him quite well and he was very good at bouncing ideas. The time when he was in the wheelchair he got a good understanding of what disabled people went through and his heart went out to them. He was always giving of himself.FatherBasil Tynes


It was with quiet majesty and devotion to divine duty that Michael Eldon...administered to the spiritual and educational and emotional requirements of Gods children in this his charge...Sir Orville TurnquestFormer Governor General The Commonwealth Of The Bahamas


10:00 a.m. Music Prelude by The Diocesan Youth Ensemble 10:35 a.m. Organ Prelude by Dr. Sparkman Ferguson Elegy George Thalben-Ball, 1896-1987 Come Sweet Death J.S. Bach, 1685-1750 Nimrod Edward Elgar, 1875-1934 Solemn Melody Wolford Davies, 1869-1941 Now We Pray Unto You Deitrich Buxtehude, 1637-1707 + + + + + + + + + + RECEPTION OF THE BODY With faith in Jesus, we receive the body of our brother Michael for burial. Our brother was pray to God our Heavenly Father, the giver of Life, that He will raise him to perfection in the company of the saints. The Lord be with you. All: And also with you. O God of grace and glory, we remember before you this day our brother Michael. We thank you for giving him to us, his family and friends, to know and love as a companion on our earthly pilgrimage. In Your boundless compassion, console us who mourn. Give us faith to on earth until, by your call, we are reunited with those who have gone before; through Jesus Christ our Lord. All: Amen. A Pontifical Concelebrated Eucharist of Thanksgiving for the life of the lateRight Reverend MICHAEL HARTLEY ELDON8th August, 1931 7th February 2011


THE SENTENCES The Choir sings the Anthem. I AM the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. St John 11: 25, 26 I KNOW that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: and though after eyes shall behold, and not another. Job 19: 25-27 WE brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we shall carry nothing out. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. I Timothy 6: 7; Job 1: 21 THOU knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts; shut not thy merciful ears unto our prayer; but spare us, Lord most holy, O God most mighty, O holy and most merciful Saviour, thou most worthy Judge eternal. Suffer us not, at our last hour, for any pains of death, to fall from Thee. Amen. I HEARD a voice from heaven, saying unto me, Write, From henceforth blessed are the dead which die in the Lord: even so saith the Spirit; for they rest from their labours. William Croft (1678-1727) / Henry Purcell (1659-1695) INTROIT HYMN: THE STRIFE IS OER ALLELUIA! Alleluia! Alleluia! The strife is oer, the battle done, On the third morn He rose again, Now is the Victors triumph won; Glorious in majesty to reign; O let the song of praise be sung. O let us swell the joyful strain. Alleluia! Alleluia! Deaths mightiest powers have done their worst, Lord, by the stripes which wounded Thee, And Jesus hath His foes dispersed: From deaths dread sting Thy servants free Let shouts of praise and joy outburst. That we may live, and sing to Thee. Alleluia! Alleluia!


COLLECT FOR PURITY All: Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your Holy Name, through Christ our Lord. Amen. COLLECT FOR THE DEPARTED: Chief Celebrant: Let us pray: Almighty God, we remember before you today Your faithful servant Michael; and we pray that, having opened to him the gates of larger life, you will receive him more and more into your joyful service, that, with all who have faithfully served you in the past, he may share in the eternal victory of Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD: THE OLD TESTAMENT Wisdom 3:1-5, 9 Read by Mrs. Anita Doherty Principal, Bishop Michael Eldon School Freeport, Grand Bahama Reader: A Reading from the Word of God written in the Book of Wisdom Chapter 3 verses 1 through 5 and verse 9 But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and no torment will ever touch them. In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died, and their departure was thought to be a disaster and their going from us to be their destruction; but they are at peace. For though in the sight of others they were punished, their hope is full of immortality. Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good, because God tested them and found them worthy of himself. Those who trust in him will understand truth, and the faithful will abide with him in love, because grace and mercy are upon his holy ones, and he watches over his elect. READER: The Word of the Lord. ALL: Thanks be to God. The choir leads the singing of Psalm 23 an arrangement by Marty Haugen (the congregation is asked to participate as indicated)


Cantor: Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants, beyond fears, from death into life. Congregation: Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants, beyond fears, from death into life. Cantor: God is my shepherd, so nothing shall I want. I rest in the meadows of faithfulness and love, I walk in the quiet waters of peace. Congregation: Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants, beyond fears, from death into life. Cantor: Gently you raise me and heal my weary soul. You lead me by pathways of righteousness and truth. My spirit will sing the music of your name. Congregation: Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants, beyond fears, from death into life. Cantor: Though I should wander the valley of death, I fear no evil, for you are by my side. Your rod and your staff, my comfort and my hope. Congregation: Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants, beyond fears, from death into life. Choir: Surely your kindness follow me all the days of my life; I will dwell in the house of the Lord for evermore. Congregation: Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants, beyond fears, from death into life. NEW TESTAMENT LESSON: Romans 8:35-39 Read by Catechist Holton Dickenson St. Johns Church, Salt Cay, The Turks & Caicos Islands Reader: A Reading from the Letter of Paul to the Romans Chapter 8 verses 35 through 39 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. READER: The Word of the Lord. ALL: Thanks be to God.


GRADUAL HYMN TEN THOUSAND TIMES TEN THOUSAND Ten thousand times ten thousand Oh, then what raptured greetings In sparkling raiment bright, On Canaans happy shore; The armies of the ransomd Saints What knitting severd friendships up, Throng up the steps of light; Where partings are no more! Fling open wide the golden gates, Orphans no longer fatherless, And let the victors in. Nor widows desolate. What rush of Alleluias Bring near Thy great Salvation, Fills all the earth and sky! Thou Lamb for sinners slain; What ringing of a thousand harps Fill up the roll of Thine elect, Bespeaks the triumph nigh! Then take Thy power, and reign; O day, for which creation Appear, Desire of nations, And all its tribes were made; Thine exiles long for home; O joy, for all its former woes Show in the heaven Thy promised sign; A thousand-fold repaid! Thou Prince and Saviour, come. The Gospel Acclamation Cantor: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Congregation: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! sincerity and truth. Congregation: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! THE HOLY GOSPEL Gospeller: The Lord be with you. All: And also with you.


Gospeller: A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John All: Glory to Christ our Saviour. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs awayand the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes* it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father. Gospeller: The Gospel of Christ. All: Praise to Christ our Lord. Congregation: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! TRIBUTES: Mr. T. Baswell Donaldson, Chairman The Council of the College of The Bahamas His Excellency, the Governor General, Sir Arthur Foulkes The Most Revd. Dr. The Honourable John W. D. Holder Archbishop of The West Indies Bishop of Barbados Michael Eldon was a popular, beloved, gentle peoples person. He had a deep faith in God and high hopes for people. He was passionate about improving people and their lot. He loved the church, loved being in church and loved the worship of the church.Rev. LaishBoydBishop for the Diocese of The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands


The choir sings the anthem The Easter Hymn (The Lord Now Victorious) from the Opera Cavalleria Rusticana (Bishop Eldons Favourite Opera Chorus) by Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945) Thy holy Son lives, nor dieth; from the dead He now has risen We will sing of the Lord now victorious all the terrors if death were in vain! Let us sing of the Christ ever glorious He is risen in glory to reign! Oh, how radiantly shineth the Easter dawn, Bright with joy at the glorious triumph won. Blessed its perfect peace, that shall never cease Till men no more love the name of the Son. We will sing of the Lord now victorious! We will sing of the Christ ever glorious Power of death was in vain, He in glory shall reign! In the glory of heavn He is risen in glory to reign! Alleluia! Praise the Lord! SERMON: The Rt. Revd. Laish Boyd, Sr. APOSTLES CREED: Chief Celebrant: All: I believe in God the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.


INTERCESSIONS Nicolette Bethel Burrows & Edward Bethel Niece & Nephew of Bishop Eldon Leader: For our uncle Michael, let us pray to the Lord Christ who said, I am Resurrection and I am Life. Leader: Lord, you consoled Martha and Mary in their distress: Draw near to us who mourn for Michael, and dry the tears of those who weep. All: Hear us, Lord. Leader: You wept at the grave of Lazarus, your friend, comfort us in our sorrow. All: Hear us, Lord. Leader: You raised the dead to life: Raise our uncle Michael to eternal life. All: Hear us, Lord. Leader: You promised paradise to the thief who repented: Bring our uncle Michael to the joys of heaven. All: Hear us, Lord. Leader: Our uncle Michael was washed in Baptism and anointed with the Holy Spirit: Give him fellowship with all your saints. All: Hear us, Lord. Leader: He was nourished with your Body and Blood: Grant him a place at the table in your heavenly kingdom. All: Hear us, Lord. Leader: Comfort us in our sorrows at the death of our uncle. Let our faith be our consolation, and eternal life our hope. Chief Celebrant: Lord Jesus Christ, we commend to you our brother Michael, who was reborn by water and the Spirit in Holy Baptism. Grant that his death may recall to us your victory over death, and be an occasion for us to renew our trust in your Fathers love. Give us, we pray, the faith to follow where you have led the way; and where you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, to the ages of ages. All: Amen.


ACT OF PENITENCE Chief Celebrant: If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Chief Celebrant: Let us therefore confess our sins. All: Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, we have sinned against you and one another, in thought, word and deed, and in what we have left undone. We are sorry and repent of all our sins. For your Son, our Lord Jesus Christs sake, forgive us all that is past, and grant that we may serve you in newness of life to the glory of your Name. Amen. THE ABSOLUTION: Chief Celebrant: Almighty God, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, you in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord. All: Amen. HYMN FOR THE PREPARATION OF THE ALTAR: Christ Is Made The Sure Foundation Christ is made the sure Foundation, To this temple, where we call Thee, Christ the Head and Cornerstone, Come, O Lord, of hosts, to-day; Chosen of the Lord, and precious, With Thy wonted loving-kindness Binding all the Church in one; Hear Thy servants as they pray, Holy Sions help for ever, And thy fullest benediction All that dedicated city, Here vouchsafe to all Thy servants Dearly loved of God on high, What they ask of Thee to gain; In exultant jubilation What they gain from Thee, for ever Pours perpetual melody; With the Blessd to retain, God the One in Three adoring And hereafter in Thy glory In glad hymns eternally. Evermore with Thee to reign. Laud and honour to the Father, Laud and honour to the Son, Laud and honour to the Spirit, Ever Three, and ever One, Consubstantial, Co-eternal, While unending ages run.


Laud and honour to the Father, Laud and honour to the Son, Laud and honour to the Spirit, Ever Three, and ever One, Consubstantial, Co-eternal, While unending ages run. PRESENTATION OF THE OFFERINGS ELEMENT BEARERS: Students from St. Johns College, N.P. St. Annes School, N.P. Bishop Michael Eldon School, Grand Bahama St. Andrews Anglican School, Exuma Chief Celebrant: Through your goodness, Lord, we have this bread and wine to offer, the fruit of the earth and the work of human hands. They will become our spiritual food. All: All things come from you, O Lord, and of your own do we give you. Blessed be God for ever. Amen. HYMN FOR THE CENSING: Hark! Hark My Soul Angelic Voices Swelling Hark! hark, my soul! Angelic songs are swelling, How sweet the truth those blessd strains are telling Of that new life when sin shall be no more. Angels of Jesus, Angels of light, Singing to welcome the pilgrims of the night! Onward we go, for still we hear them singing, Come, weary souls, for Jesus bids you come; And through the dark, its echoes sweetly ringing, The music of the Gospel leads us home. Angels of Jesus, Angels of light, Singing to welcome the pilgrims of the night! Far, far away, like bells at evening pealing, The voice of Jesus sounds oer land and sea; And laden souls, by thousands meekly stealing, Kind Shepherd, turn their weary steps to Thee. Angels of Jesus, Angels of light, Singing to welcome the pilgrims of the night! Rest comes at length: though life be long and dreary, The day must dawn, and darksome night be past; Faiths journeys end in welcome to the weary, And Heavn, the hearts true home, will come at last. Angels of Jesus, Angels of light, Singing to welcome the pilgrims of the night! Angels, sing on, your faithful watches keeping; Sing us sweet fragments of the songs above, Till mornings joy shall end the night of weeping, And lifes long shadows break in cloudless love. Angels of Jesus, Angels of light, Singing to welcome the pilgrims of the night! Bishop Eldons selection as Bishop was the Anglican churchs answer to majority rule.BishopDrexel Gomez 2011Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands


THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER Chief Celebrant: The Lord be with you. All: And also with you. Chief Celebrant: Lift up your hearts. All: We lift them up to the Lord. Chief Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. All: It is right to give God thanks and praise. Chief Celebrant: It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Father almighty, everlasting God: Through Jesus Christ our Lord; who rose victorious from the dead, and comforts us with the blessed hope of life eternal. For to your faithful people, O Lord, life is changed, not ended; and when our mortal body lies in death, there is prepared for us a dwelling place eternal in the heavens. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven, who forever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name: glory, Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. Chief Celebrant: Sovereign Lord and Father, to you be glory and praise for ever. In your boundless wisdom you brought creation into being; In your great love you fashioned us in your image; In your tender compassion you sent your Son, Jesus Christ, our Saviour, to share our human nature; In the power of the Holy Spirit, He overcame the power of On the night that He was betrayed He took bread, and when He had given thanks to you, He broke it and gave it to his disciples and said: Take this, and eat it: This is my Body which is given for you, Do this for the remembrance of me. And after supper He took the cup of wine: and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them and said: Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.


Chief Celebrant: Therefore, Father, according to the command of your dearly beloved Son: All: We remember His death. We proclaim His resurrection We await His coming in glory. Chief Celebrant: these gifts of bread and wine that they may become the Body and Blood of your Son, Jesus our Lord and Redeemer. As we partake of this holy food of new and unending life, may your Holy Spirit establish us as a royal priesthood with the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Agnes, St. John The Baptist and all your sons and daughters who share in your eternal inheritance; through Jesus Christ our Lord. With Him and in Him and through Him, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we worship you, Father Almighty, with all who stand before you in earth and heaven, in songs of everlasting praise: All: Blessing and honour and glory and power be yours for ever and ever. Amen. THE LORDS PRAYER Chief Celebrant: As our Saviour has taught us, so we pray: done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen. Chief Celebrant: We break this bread to share in the body of Christ. All: Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread. THE COMMUNION Chief Celebrant: The Gifts of God for the People of God. AGNUS DEI: Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: grant him rest. Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: grant him rest. Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: grant him rest eternal.


COMMUNION HYMNS At The Lambs High Feast We Sing Jesus Lives! No Longer Now Come Ye Faithful, Raise The Strain Come See the Place Where Jesus Lay Christ The Lord Is Risen Again Jesus Christ is Risen Today O Jesus, Blessed Lord, to Thee At The Lambs High Feast We Sing At the Lambs high feast we sing Mighty Victim from on high, Flowing from His pierced side; Thou hast brought us life and light: Praise we Him, Whose love Divine Now no more can death appal, Gives His sacred Blood for wine, Now no more the grave enthral! Gives His Body for the feast, Thou hast opend Paradise, Christ the Victim, Christ the Priest. And in Thee Thy Saints shall rise. Where the Paschal blood is pourd, Easter triumph, Easter joy, Deaths dark Angel sheathes his sword; Sin alone can this destroy; Israels hosts triumphant go From sins power do Thou set free Through the wave that drowns the foe. Souls new-born, O Lord, in Thee. Praise we Christ, Whose Blood was shed, Hymns of glory and of praise, Paschal Victim, Paschal Bread; Risen Lord, to Thee we raise; With sincerity and love Holy Father, praise to Thee, Eat we manna from above. With the Spirit, ever be. Jesus Lives! No Longer Now Jesus lives! no longer now Jesus lives! for us He died; Can thy terrors, Death appal us; Then, alone to Jesus living, Jesus lives! by this we know Pure in heart may we abide, Thou, O grave, canst not enthral us. Glory to our Saviour giving. Alleluia! Alleluia! Jesus lives! henceforth is death Jesus lives! our hearts know well But the gate of life immortal; Naught from us His love shall sever; This shall calm our trembling breath Life, nor death, nor powers of hell When we pass its gloomy portal. Tear us from His keeping ever. Alleluia! Alleluia! Jesus lives! to Him the Throne Over all the world is given: May we go where He has gone, Rest and reign with Him in Heaven Alleluia!


Jesus lives! to Him the Throne Over all the world is given: May we go where He has gone, Rest and reign with Him in Heaven Alleluia! Come Ye Faithful, Raise The Strain Come, ye faithful, raise the strain Now the Queen of seasons, bright Of triumphant gladness! With the Day of splendour, God hath brought His Israel With the royal Feast of feasts, Into joy from sadness: Comes its joy to render; Loosed from Pharoahs bitter yoke Comes to glad Jerusalem, Jacobs sons and daughters, Who with true affection Led them with unmoistend foot Welcomes in unwearied strains Through the Red Sea waters. Jesus Resurrection. Tis the Spring of souls to-day: Alleluia now we cry Christ hath burst His prison, To our King Immortal, And from three days sleep in death Who triumphant burst the bars As a sun hath risen; Of the tombs dark portal; All the winter of our sins, Alleluia, with the Son From His Light, to Whom we give Alleluia yet again Laud and praise undying. To the Spirit raising. Come See the Place Where Jesus Lay Come see the place where Jesus lay O joyful sound! O glorious hour, And hear Angelic watchers say, When by His own Almighty power He lives, Who once was slain: He rose, and left the grave! Why seek the living midst the dead? Now let our songs His triumph tell, Remember how the Saviour said Who burst the bands of death and hell, That He would rise again. And ever lives to save. The First-begotten of the dead, No more they tremble at the grave, For us He rose our glorious Head, For Jesus will their spirits save, Immortal life to bring; And raise their slumbering dust: What though the saints like Him shall die? O risen Lord, in Thee we live, They share their Leaders victory, To Thee our ransomd souls we give, And triumph with their King. To Thee our bodies trust.


Christ The Lord Is Risen Again Christ the Lord is risen again! He, who bore all pain and loss, Christ hath broken every chain! Comfortless upon the Cross Hark! Angelic voices cry, Lives in glory now on high, Singing evermore on high, Pleads for us and hears our cry; Alleluia! Alleluia! He, Who slumberd in the grave Now He bids us tell abroad Is exalted now to save; How the lost may be restored, Now through Christendom it rings How the penitent forgiven, That the Lamb is King of kings: How we too may enter Heavn. Alleluia! Alleluia! He, Who gave for us His life, Thou, our Paschal Lamb indeed, Who for us endured the strife, Christ, Thy ransomd people feed; Is our Paschal Lamb to-day; Take our sins and guilt away, We too sing for joy, and say: Let us sing by night and day. Alleluia! Alleluia! Jesus Christ Is Risen Today Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia! Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia! Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia! Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia! Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia! Who endured the Cross and grave, Alleluia! Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia! Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia! But the pains which He endured, Alleluia! Our salvation have procured, Alleluia! Now above the sky Hes King, Alleluia! Where the Angels ever sing. Alleluia! O Jesus, Blessed Lord, To Thee O JESU, Blessd Lord, to Thee Break forth, my soul, for joy and say My heartfelt thanks forever be, What wealth is come to me to-day! Who hast so lovingly bestowd My Saviour dwells within me now; On me Thy Body and Thy Blood. How blest am I! how good art Thou!


POST COMMUNION ALL: Almighty God, we thank you that in your great love you have fed us with the spiritual food and drink of the Body and Blood of your Son Jesus Christ, and have given us a foretaste of your heavenly inheritance in that kingdom where there is no death, neither sorrow nor crying, but the fullness of joy with all your saints, through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen. HYMN Christ Is Risen Christ is risen! Christ is risen! See the chains of death are broken; He hath burst His bonds in twain; Earth below and heaven above Christ is risen! Christ is risen! Joy in each amazing token Alleluia! swell the strain! Of His rising, Lord of love; For our gain He sufferd loss He for evermore shall reign By Divine decree; By the Fathers side, He hath died upon the Cross, Till He comes to earth again, But our God is He. Come to claim His Bride Christ is risen! Christ is risen! Christ is risen! Christ is risen! He hath burst His bonds in twain; He hath burst His bonds in twain; Christ is risen! Christ is risen! Christ is risen! Christ is risen! Alleluia! swell the strain! Alleluia! swell the strain! Glorious angels downward thronging Hail the Lord of all the skies; Heavn, with joy and holy longing For the Word Incarnate, cries, Christ is risen! Earth, rejoice! Gleam, ye starry train! He oer all shall reign. Christ is risen! Christ is risen! He hath burst His bonds in twain; Christ is risen! Christ is risen! Oer the universe to reign. Bishop Eldons voice was silenced by long years of illness but the message and legacy of this high, holy man remains strong and relevant today. He was an advocate for good, for scholarship, for social advancement, for human decency, and for Christian charity. We honour him in his passing and hold him up as most worthy of emulation. The RightHonourable HubertAlexander IngrahamiPrime Minister The Commonwealth Of The Bahamas


THE COMMENDATION The Choir sings The Russian Contakion of the Departed Give rest, O Christ, to Your servant with your saints. Where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting. You only are immortal, the creator and maker of mankind; and we are mortal, formed of the earth, and to earth shall we return. For so did you ordain when you created me, saying, You are dust, and to dust you shall return. All of us go down to the dust; yet even at the grave we make our song: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Give rest, O Christ, to your servant with your saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting. Amen. made members of Christ, children of God and inheritors of the Kingdom of Heaven. quantity of incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar that is before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel. Lord have mercy. All: Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy. Our Father in Heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen. The Lord be with you. All: And also with you.


Let us commend our brother Michael to the mercy of God our Maker and Redeemer. Deliver your servant Michael. O Sovereign Lord Christ, from all evil, and set him free from every bond, that he may rest with all your saints in the eternal habitation where with the Father and the Holy Spirit You live and reign, one God forever and ever. All: Amen. Into your hands, O merciful Saviour, we commend your servant Michael. Acknowledge, your own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. All: Amen Rest eternal grant unto him, O Lord. All: And let light perpetual shine upon him. May he rest in peace. All: Amen. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercies of God, rest in peace. All: Amen. The Lord bless him and keep him, the Lord make His face to shine upon him and be gracious to him, the Lord lift up His countenance upon him and give him peace. Alleluia, Christ is risen. All: The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia! Let us go forth in the name of Christ. All: Thanks be to God. The Brass Ensemble of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band plays The Last Post and Reveille The choir sings Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah by G. F. Handel (1685-1759)


RECESSIONAL HYMNS For All The Saints For all the Saints, who from their labours rest, Who Thee by faith before the world confessed, Thy Name, O Jesu, be forever blessed. Alleluia! Thou wast their Rock, their Fortress and their Might; Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true Light. Alleluia! O may Thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold, Fight as the Saints who nobly fought of old, And win, with them, the victors crown of gold. Alleluia! O blest communion! fellowship Divine! We feebly struggle, they in glory shine; Yet all are one in Thee, for all are Thine. Alleluia! Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and giving life to those in the tomb. The Son of Righteousness is gloriously risen, giving light to those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death. The Lord will guide our feet into the way of peace, having taken away the sin of the world. Christ will open the kingdom of heaven to all who believe in His Name, saying, Come, O blessed of My Father; inherit the kingdom prepared for you. Into paradise may the angels lead you. At your coming may the Martyrs receive you and bring you into the Holy City, Jerusalem. Postlude Fantasia in G-Gravement J.S. Bach BWV 572, 1685-1750 Steals on the ear the distant triumph song, And hearts are brave, again, and arms are strong. Alleluia! The golden evening brightens in the west; Soon, soon to faithful warriors comes their rest; Sweet is the calm of Paradise the blest. Alleluia! But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day; The Saints triumphant rise in bright array; The King of glory passes on His way. Alleluia! From earths wide bounds, from oceans farthest coast, Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host, Singing to Father, Son and Holy Ghost: Alleluia!


Steals on the ear the distant triumph song, And hearts are brave, again, and arms are strong. Alleluia! The golden evening brightens in the west; Soon, soon to faithful warriors comes their rest; Sweet is the calm of Paradise the blest. Alleluia! But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day; The Saints triumphant rise in bright array; The King of glory passes on His way. Alleluia! From earths wide bounds, from oceans farthest coast, Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host, Singing to Father, Son and Holy Ghost: Alleluia! At St. Marys ChurchMagnificatMy soul doth magnify the Lord : and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded : the lowliness of his hand-maiden. For behold, from henceforth : all generations shall call me blessed. And his mercy is on them that fear him : throughout all generations. He hath shewed strength with his arm : he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seat : and hath exalted the humble and meek. He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel : as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever. Glory to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.Nunc DimittisLord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace : according to thy word. For mine eyes have seen : thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared : before the face of all people; To be a light to lighten the Gentiles : and to be the glory of thy people Israel. Glory to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen. He truly served The Bahamas. In my view he was a Prince of the Christian Church. He was truly an inspiration, and one thing I will remember about him is that he was always pleading for all of us to do more in the development of the Family Island communities and I believe that we should truly put action behind these ideas, not only in honor of him, but as a religious community.Pastor SimeonB. HallPastor, New Covenant Baptist Church Past PresidentBahamas Christian Council


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New Providence, important and attractive as it is, is not the Bahamas, does not have all the souls, and therefore cannot demand all our attention and pastoral care. We must go to Grand Bahama and Turks Island, to Andros and San Salvador and to all those settlements and cays where faithful members are to be found and strengthen them in their commitment to Christfeed them with the food of eternal life and make them feel a vital part of our Diocesan Family.Bishop Michael Hartley Eldon 1972


9 February 2011 e College of e Bahamas extends its condolences to Dr. Keva Bethel, President Emerita and Scholar in Residence and Dr. Nicolette Bethel, Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences, on the passing of their brother and uncle, Rt. Rev. Bishop Michael Eldon. e College and the country mourns the passing of a legend, who led by his personal convictions and worked tirelessly to develop the spiritual and intellectual foundation of an independent Bahamian people. As the rst Bahamian Anglican Bishop of e Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands, his passion for education and love of God and humanity was ever present in classrooms, churches and communities across e Bahamas. Bishop Eldon served as founding Chairman of e College of e Bahamas Board of Directors from 1975 to 1995. He was named Chairman Emeritus of e College of e Bahamas in 2004. In 2006, the ompson Boulevard Complex was named in his honour. At this sad time, our hearts go out to the Eldon family and the people of e Bahamas. Bishop Eldon was a valued pillar of our institution. He will be greatly missed. My wish for the College of The Bahamas institution is truly a College of The Bahamas education that is fashioned for all Bahamians. A college with a high academic reputation but at women from rural areas to be a part of it.Bishop Michael Hartley Eldon


CRight Reverend MICHAEL HARTLEY ELDONChronolgy+ Born 8th August, 1931+ 1947 Graduated Queens College at 16 years old+ 1949 Enrolled in St. Catherines College in Cambridge England where he completed his Masters Degree+ 1954Completed his theological training at St. Stephens House in Oxford England+ 22nd July, 1954Ordained as an Anglican Deacon+ 10th August, 1955Ordained Anglican Priest by Bishop Spence Burton+ 1962Appointed Rural Dean in Grand Bahama by Diocesan Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Bernard Markham+ 1967Appointed Archdeacon of Grand Bahama+ 24th June, 1971Was consecrated Suffragan Bishop with the title Bishop of New Providence. + 20th April, 1972The Diocesan Synod unanimously elected Michael H. Eldon, Bishop Suffragan as 11th Bishop of Nassau and the Bahamas including the Turks and Caicos Islands. + Founding Chairman of the College of The Bahamas Board Of Directors+ Named Companion of the Order of St. Michael & St. George (CMG) by Her Royal Highness Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II+ 31st August, 1996Retired from active ministryHe had ordained some 50 priests... established some 12 new congregations and scores of new + 1996He was honoured by the government with the award of the Bahamas Order of Merit+ September 2005The name Freeport Anglican High/Discovery Primary School was changed to the Bishop Michael Eldon School.+ 19th January, 2006The College of the Bahamas Thompson Blvd complex


We, the family of the late Rt. Revd Michael Hartley Eldon, would like to express our humble gratitude and sincere appreciation to those who in one way or another provided our family with the support and prayers that comforted us in our time of sorrow. Your prayers and most especially your presence with us today are greatly appreciated and have helped to strengthen us during this time of challenge and transition. Although our hearts are still mourning, our spirits are lifted knowing that Michael will always be loved and remembered by all. We ask that you keep each of us in your thoughts and prayers as we continue the healing process. May God bless and keep each of you in His perfect peace. The Family Special Thanks Message of Gratitude Funeral Service Entrusted To:Bethel Brothers MorticiansP.O. Box N-1026 Nassau Street Nassau, BahamasPrivate Medical Ward of the Princess Margaret Hospital Mr Adrian Archer Mr. Jerome Sawyer The Tribune The Department Of Archives All photographers that have made contributions to this memory book The Clergy, Administrative Staff and Vestries of the Diocese of The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos The Rt. Revd Laish Z. Boyd Sr. The Revd Canon Delano Archer Mr William Roosie Godet Mr Bertram Knowles The Venerable I. Ranfurly Brown The Venerable Keith Cartwright The Venerable Kingsley Knowles The Venerable James Palacious The Revd Tyrone McKenzie The nurses of Nurses N.N.O.W.