Today’s the Day

From Justin Welby, new Archbishop of the Church of England:

Justin Welby will be enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury today, marking the official start of his public ministry.

He will be enthroned in two special seats in Canterbury Cathedral in a ceremony due to be attended by 2,000 guests including the Prince of Wales, David Cameron, and archbishops and bishops from around the world.

Representatives of other faiths will also be in attendance.

The ceremony gets underway at 3pm when the Archbishop will deliver the traditional three knocks to the cathedral door.

He will be asked by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, to swear an oath of faithfulness to the statutes of the Church of England and an oath of faithfulness to the Queen, the Supreme Governor of the Church of England.

The oath will be sworn on the ancient Canterbury Gospels, brought to England by St Augustine in 597.

The Archbishop will first be installed on the diocesan throne as the Bishop of the see of Canterbury, the oldest diocese in the English church.

The second seat is the chair of St Augustine, signifying his position as Primate of all England, or ‘first bishop’ in the country.

From here, the Archbishop will read the Gospel and preach a sermon to the congregation.

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  • Justin Borger

    Why does the Pope pray to Mary, that she may watch over all of Rome? Why does the Archbishop of Canterbury swear faithfulness to the Queen of England as the Supreme Governor of the Church of England? “Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the name of the LORD his God” (Psalm 146:5).

  • Bob

    The Southern Baptist Pope swears allegiance to the big chicken in Marietta, GA.

  • Wow, a new Catholic pope and a new Anglican pope in the same month! I wonder what God is up to?

  • Larry S

    i have similar response as Justin (#1)

    what kind of Christian minister gets ENTHRONED ??
    and like Justin – the oath seems wrong

  • ChrisB

    Justin@1 and Larry @4 – the Anglican church is the official church of Britain, i.e. it is “established”. The Queen is the head of the church a la Henry V111, when England split from Rome over Henry’s wanting a divorce and the Pope saying no. Henry set himself up as the head of the church in England, thus giving the Pope the proverbial finger and setting the stage for hundreds of years of religious unrest in that country. Cromwell then tried to get rid of the King entirely because he believed he was right, no man should be head of the church. Look how that worked out. Why the Pope prays to Mary I have no idea, but then that’s a Catholic thing.

  • Larry S

    Thanks Chris

    I knew that stuff, although I am more that a bit fuzzy on Cromwell.

    The term “enthroned” is quite unchristian IMO

    All the same thanks for the history lesson

  • James Petticrew

    Chris B #5 ….. I beg your pardon you are totally wrong. The Church of England is not and has never been “the official church of Britain, i.e. it is “established”” the Church of England is ONLY the established church of England not Britain. The established church here in Scotland is the Church of Scotland which is Presbyterian not Episcopalian and the Queen has no more formal role than being a member when in Scotland. I honestly despair of Americans ever grasping that ENGLAND does not equal Britain, the whole country includes Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland none of who appreciate being told they live in England!

  • ChrisB

    James @7, you will note that I referred to Britain, (England) not the United Kingdom which is what I would do if I was including all the other bits. By the way I’m not American. Some of us who live other places are aware of your history.