Election of the Archbishop of Canterbury

News from Canterbury

The link (a 3 MB pdf file) also includes photographs.

TO ALL AND SINGULAR CHRISTIAN PEOPLE whom the underwritten shall or may in any way concernROBERT ANDREW WILLIS DL, DCL, DD DEAN of the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Christ Canterbury GREETING in the Lord Everlasting

WE DO MAKE IT KNOWN to you universally by these presents that the See of Canterbury being vacant by the resignation of The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Rowan Douglas Williams late Archbishop and Pastor thereof We the College of Canons aforesaid by virtue and authority of The Queen’s Licence granted to us for the Electing another Archbishop and Pastor of the said Church assembled together in our Cathedral on this Tenth day of January in the year of Our Lord Two thousand and thirteen and making a College of Canons there and observing the Laws and Statutes of this Kingdom and the ancient customs of the Cathedral Church in this behalf to be observed did elect THE RIGHT REVEREND JUSTIN PORTAL WELBY, Master of Arts, by Divine Permission Lord Bishop of Durham, to be Archbishop and Pastor of the said Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Christ Canterbury

[signed] Robert Willis



Accessed from the web-site of ‘Thinking Anglicans’, this posting reveals something of the antiquity of the ceremony enacted at Canterbury Cathedral on the occasion of the election of a new Archbishop of Canterbury. It is worth patiently logging on to the link with the ‘News from Canterbury’ (above), which provides interesting graphic evidence of the ceremony involved in the Election of Archbishop-elect, Bishop Justin Portal WELBY.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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