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Ordination and Consecration of Bishops Service held at Abbey

Thursday, 2nd June 2011

Ordination and Consecration of Bishops Service held at Abbey

The Reverend Canon John Holbrook, Rector of Wimborne Minster, was ordained and consecrated Bishop of Brixworth in the Diocese of Peterborough, and The Very Reverend Jonathan Meyrick, Dean of Exeter, was ordained and consecrated Bishop of Lynn in the Diocese of Norwich at a Eucharist at Westminster Abbey on Ascension day, 2nd June 2011.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr Rowan Williams, presided at the service.

Before the service the Bishops-designate of Brixworth and Lynn took the Oath of Allegiance to The Queen’s Majesty and the Oath of Due Obedience to the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Jerusalem Chamber, in the Deanery.

Canon Holbrook and The Very Reverend Jonathan Meyrick were presented for ordination by the presenting Bishops, who said:

We present them to be ordained and consecrated to the office of Bishop in the Church of God.

During the declaration the Archbishop said:

Bishops are called to serve and care for the flock of Christ. Mindful of the Good Shepherd, who laid down his life for his sheep, they are to love and pray for those committed to their charge, knowing their people and being known to them.

The service was held in the presence of the Deans and Chapters of Exeter, Norwich, Peterborough, and Salisbury and the Clergy of Wimborne Minster as well as other bishops and clergy. Over 500 guests, family and friends also attended the service.

The sermon was preached by The Reverend Canon Robin King, Vicar, St Mary the Virgin, Bures with Assington and Little Cornard and Honorary Canon, St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

The service was sung by the Westminster Abbey Special Service Choir, conducted by James O’Donnell, Organist and Master of the Choristers, and the organ was played by James McVinnie, Assistant Organist.

The Archbishop of Canterbury presides at the Consecration of Bishops for the Province of Canterbury normally in either St Paul’s Cathedral or Southwark Cathedral or Westminster Abbey.

The Order of Service (PDF, 178 KB)

The Diocese of Peterborough

The Diocese of Norwich

 

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