I was there for Liz's ordination. From Holy Trinity, Redhill, my last parish, she has trained at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, got married, now got ordained, and today she begins her new job as a curate. Fantastic.
But back to the service.
It was clear to anyone that the reading of the Gospel was very important indeed. The Gospels were carried in during the opening procession by the Deacon, held aloft so that everyone could see them. For the Gospel reading the congregation stood, turned to face the reader, who was flanked by candles and a person holding the processional cross.
The Gospel was solemnly read, responses were made, the organ sounded and then there was no further mention of Matthew 16.13-19 (or indeed the epistle reading) for the rest of the service.
In my view this was a shame for two reasons: (1) the service seemed to be saying two contradictory things - the Gospel reading is very important (candles, crucifer etc) and the Gospel reading is very unimportant (no need to mention it); (2) The actual text of Matthew 16.13-19 contains just the kind of crucial teaching about the person of Christ that an ordinand needs to hear and to have at the heart of his or her ministry.