Lars Ryderstad, the new Swedish priest in Bangkok, was installed in his new assignment in grand style on Saturday evening the 14 September. The Bishop of Visby, Sven-Bernhard Fast was dressed in full gear, complete with the Shepherd’s stick – called a crosier – and the special cap – called a mitre.
The other clerical participants in the installation were also dressed up to the full. They were Stefan Bergqvist, the regional head of Svenska Kyrkan i Utlandet, Anders Roos, the vicar of Sollentuna and Maria Eksmyr, the Swedish priest from Phuket and of course Lars Ryderstad himself.
From Pattaya, also the out-going Norwegian priest Jan-Olaf Johannesen took part in the installation.
Lars Ryderstad’s wife Karin played the church organ during the installation, but she will otherwise only be coming for vacations to Bangkok.
“We have been away from our children for nine years, it’s about time one of us stays home with them,” she said.
Given the time of the installation – Saturday evening – the number of participation from the congregation in the event was not overwhelming. But the few who had taken the opportunity to join the event were treated to a champagne reception with canapes from F.A.B.