Magazine article Anglican Journal

Archbishop's Ministry Begins

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Archbishop's Ministry Begins

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The Most Rev. Justin Welby was enthroned as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury in a March 21 service that celebrated the diversity of the Anglican Communion.

More than 2,000 people from around the world gathered in Canterbury Cathedral for a celebration blending traditional elements of Anglican worship with contemporary music, vibrant Ghanaian dancing and drums, a Punjabi hymn and a blessing spoken in French.

Guests included Church of England clergy and lay people, including the Prince of Wales, the prime minister and a host of ecumenical guests. All but one of the Anglican Communion primates attended.

Archbishop Welby was installed as both Bishop of Canterbury--by, for the first time in history, a female archdeacon--and Primate of All England. The Archbishop of Canterbury is also the spiritual leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

The Archbishop then publicly committed himself to the service of the Anglican Communion, "that together we may proclaim the Gospel of Christ, who reconciles us to God and breaks down the walls that divide us."

Caption: After his enthronement, the Archbishop of Canterbury greets the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. …

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