Anglican terminology can appear confusing to a visitor or newcomer. What is the difference between a bishop, an archdeacon, and a dean? The following descriptions have been around in different forms for a while, but are still difficult to improve on:

THE ARCHBISHOP:
Leaps tall buildings in a single bound,
Is more powerful than a locomotive,
Is faster than a speeding bullet,
Walks on water,
Gives policy to God.

THE BISHOP:
Leaps short buildings in a single bound,
Is more powerful than a switch engine,
Is just as fast as a speeding bullet,
Walks on water if the sea is calm,
Talks with God.

THE ARCHDEACON:
Leaps short buildings with a running start and favourable winds,
Is almost as powerful as a switch engine,
Is faster than a decelerating bullet,
Walks on water in an indoor swimming pool,
Talks with God if special request is approved.

THE DEAN:
Barely clears a mud hut,
Loses tug-of-war with locomotives,
Can fire a speeding bullet,
Swims well,
Is occasionally addressed by God.

THE CANON:
Makes high marks on the wall when trying to leap tall buildings,
Is run over by locomotives,
Can sometimes handle a gun without inflicting self-injury,
Dog paddles,
Talks to animals.

THE VICAR:
Runs into buildings,
Recognises locomotives 2 out of 3 times,
Is not issued ammunition,
Can stay afloat with a life jacket,
Talks to walls.

THE CURATE:
Falls over doorsteps when trying to enter buildings.
Says, “Look at the choo-choo!”
Wets himself with a water pistol,
Plays in mud puddles,
Mumbles to himself.

THE DIOCESAN SECRETARY:
Lifts buildings and walks under them,
Kicks locomotives off the tracks,
Catches speeding bullets with her teeth and eats them,
Freezes water in a single glance,
IS God.

Millinerianism

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