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The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Right Reverend Justin Welby, dressed in his ceremonial robes, entered Canterbury Cathedral after knocking on the door three times, as tradition dictates.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Right Reverend Justin Welby, dressed in his ceremonial robes, entered Canterbury Cathedral after knocking on the door three times, as tradition dictates.

The Most Rev Justin Welby has been enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury.

The 57-year-old has been formally sworn in as head of the Church of England and spiritual leader of the 77 million-strong Anglican global communion.

.When the Prince of Wales takes the throne, he will become Supreme Governor of the Church of England
.When the Prince of Wales takes the throne, he will become Supreme Governor of the Church of England

The Prince of Wales and Prime Minister David Cameron are among the 2,000 guests at Canterbury Cathedral.

For the first time in history, a woman – the Venerable Sheila Watson, Archdeacon of Canterbury – carried out one of the two enthronements.

She firstly installed the archbishop on the diocesan throne in the cathedral, before he was then sworn in as the Archbishop of Canterbury by the Dean of Canterbury, the Very Rev Robert Willis, on the marble chair of St Augustine.

Tradition dictates that the archbishop had to knock three times before entering the cathedral

It is the last stage in the Archbishop of Canterbury’s appointment following the confirmation of his election in February.

Archbishop Welby is taking on several roles within the Church. He becomes the diocesan bishop of Canterbury, head of the southern province of the Church of England, senior bishop of all England and spiritual leader of the worldwide Anglican communion.
Archbishop Welby is taking on several roles within the Church. He becomes the diocesan bishop of Canterbury, head of the southern province of the Church of England, senior bishop of all England and spiritual leader of the worldwide Anglican communion.

‘Sent to serve you’

At the start of the service, Archbishop Welby struck the West Door of the cathedral three times with his staff before it was opened to allow his entry.

A young member of the Anglican communion, Evangeline Kanagasooriam, then asked the archbishop, “Who are you and why do you request entry?” and “Why have you been sent to us?”

He replied: “I am sent as archbishop to serve you, to proclaim the love of Christ and with you to worship and love him with heart and soul, mind and strength.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Right Reverend Justin Welby, dressed in his ceremonial robes, entered Canterbury Cathedral after knocking on the door three times, as tradition dictates
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Right Reverend Justin Welby, dressed in his ceremonial robes, entered Canterbury Cathedral after knocking on the door three times, as tradition dictates

Representatives of the world’s major religions are among the congregation and the service is a blend of the traditional and modern. There are hymns, African dancers, Punjabi music and improvised organ music.

There is a strong African element to the service, reflecting the archbishop’s ties with the continent through his former job as an oil executive and most recently in peace and reconciliation work.

As the Archbishop of Canterbury entered the cathedral, he was greeted by a fanfare and questioned by Evangeline Kanagasooriam, a young member of the congregation. He replied: "I am Justin, a servant of Jesus Christ."
As the Archbishop of Canterbury entered the cathedral, he was greeted by a fanfare and questioned by Evangeline Kanagasooriam, a young member of the congregation. He replied: “I am Justin, a servant of Jesus Christ.”

Other personal touches include the choice of the archbishop’s robes for the service. He is wearing colourful vestments originally designed and made for the late Bishop of Peterborough, the Most Rev Ian Cundy, who was his tutor at Cranmer Hall, Durham, where he trained in preparation for ordination.

Two enthronements

Pope Francis receives the Fisherman’s Ring, made of gold-plated silver During His Inuaguration. The pope’s signet ring shows St. Peter as a fisherman and has the reigning pope’s name inscribed around the border. It has been used since the 13th century as a seal for private letters
Pope Francis receives the Fisherman’s Ring, made of gold-plated silver During His Inuaguration. The pope’s signet ring shows St. Peter as a fisherman and has the reigning pope’s name inscribed around the border. It has been used since the 13th century as a seal for private letters

Archbishop Welby, the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury, is taking on several roles – diocesan bishop of Canterbury, head of the southern province of the Church of England, senior bishop of all England and spiritual leader of the worldwide Anglican communion.

The archbishop was tweeting during the build-up to the service. He wrote: “Out early this morning, Canterbury is beautiful, human scale and history falling out of the walls everywhere. Grateful to be here.”

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Meanwhile, Pope Francis, whose inauguration Mass was on Tuesday, sent a goodwill message to Archbishop Welby.

“I look forward to meeting you in the near future, and to continuing the warm fraternal relations that our predecessors enjoyed,” he said.

The 900-year old Canterbury Cathedral is the mother church of the Anglican communion. It was founded by St Augustine, the first Archbishop of Canterbury, who was sent to England as a Christian missionary by Pope Gregory the Great in 597 AD
The 900-year old Canterbury Cathedral is the mother church of the Anglican communion. It was founded by St Augustine, the first Archbishop of Canterbury, who was sent to England as a Christian missionary by Pope Gregory the Great in 597 AD

Archbishop Welby, 57, is married with five children. He went to school at Eton, and later Cambridge University.

He rose to the top of the oil industry – ending up as treasurer of Enterprise Oil – and gave up a six-figure salary to train as a priest.

He was a vicar in Warwickshire, a canon of Coventry Cathedral, and the Dean of Liverpool, before being appointed as Bishop of Durham in November 2011

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  • Haji Anas Mbalakaso

    “Archbishop Welby, 57, is married with five children.” Maybe Father Musaala should become a priest in the Anglican Church!

  • Aaron

    Haji,..
    Thats the most hopeless reasoning that a mature person like you can spit from your mouth.Dont you know that there is a difference between Anglicans and Catholics??Anglicans marry and produce children its allowed,so next time if you have nothing to say,go attend to your 8 wives or more and leave our Arch Bishop alone

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