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Episcopalians: Rowan Williams enthroned as 104th Archbishop of Canterbury
Thu, 27 Feb 2003 16:11:27 -0500
February 27, 2003
Episcopalians: Rowan Williams enthroned as 104th Archbishop of
(ACNS) In a ceremony that included everything from robust Welsh
hymns to colorful dance, thunderous applause and pageantry, the
archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Rowan Douglas Williams,
was enthroned February 27 following ancient custom in Canterbury
Cathedral, the "mother church" of the Anglican Communion. The
dean of Canterbury, the Very Rev. Robert Willis, led the
archbishop by the hand to his chair.
Handing the archbishop the pastoral staff, the dean said: "I
give you this pastoral staff, a symbol of your investment with
the spiritualities of the See of Canterbury." The bishop of
Dover then gave this blessing: "May Christ the Good Shepherd so
uphold and sustain you that you may lead with courage and guide
with love those committed to your charge."
Williams then took his seat as the 104th archbishop in
succession to St. Augustine. The ceremony was attended by many
representatives of other churches and faiths. The primates of
the Anglican Communion were present, along with bishops of the
Church of England and the readers and clergy of the Diocese of
Dancing replaces fanfares
In place of the sounding of fanfares, the response to the act of
enthronement was the dancing accompanying the singing, "Amen.
Siakudumisa." The archbishop took the corporal oath on the
Canterbury gospels book.
During the exchange of the peace, Williams was joined by his
wife, Jane, in greeting dozens of people seated in the area
behind the high altar. Approximately 600 people from the Church
in Wales made the journey to Canterbury to see their own
archbishop take on a new role for the worldwide church.
>From nave and quire
The design of the cathedral dictates creative liturgical
planning. Under the direction of the Rev. Kevin Goss, precentor
of Canterbury, the service took place both in the nave and in
the quire, with the new archbishop giving a blessing from the
St. Augustine's chair as well as the nave altar.
The renowned choir of men and boys of the cathedral sang the
church's great hymn of praise, "Te Deum Laudamus," to a setting
by Benjamin Britten.
Members of the government were present as was His Royal
Highness, the Prince of Wales. Security was tight and there has
been a significant police presence in the precincts of the
cathedral in recent weeks.
Williams legally became the Archbishop of Canterbury at the
Confirmation of Election ceremony in St Paul's Cathedral on
December 2. Today's enthronement service was his formal
reception and a celebration of the start of his new ministry.
The sermon is available in full on the Anglican Communion web
Episcopal Life's Nan Cobbey was present at the enthronement and
her story will appear on Episcopal News Service.
For details about the February 27 broadcast, webcast and video
of the enthronement of the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, visit
these web sites:
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