Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell to be enthroned

The Most Reverend Stephen Cottrell will be enthroned as the 98th Archbishop of York at a service of Evensong at 4pm on Sunday 18 October at York Minster.   
The Enthronement will take place on the Feast day of St Luke, Apostle and Evangelist. 
The service will be a Choral Evensong, with much of the service being sung by the adult singers of the Minster Choir alongside readings, music and prayers. 
Elements of the service will be based on previous historic enthronements and Archbishop Stephen will take his oath on the York Gospels.
 This is a ticketed service and will be held under careful Government and Church of England COVID-19 secure guidelines, with strict limits on the numbers attending. 
 The service will be streamed via York Minster’s and the Church of England’s national social media channels making it possible for communities across the Diocese of York, the Northern Province and the worldwide household of the Christian Church to experience the occasion in real time.
Archbishop Stephen said: “I am delighted and humbled to be the 98th Archbishop of York.
“I have begun my ministry at a time of huge hardship and challenge and at the moment COVID-19 is having a particularly devastating impact in the north. 
“We don’t know how long the current restrictions will be in place. 
“However, the worship and work of the church goes on bringing much needed hope, relief and practical help to the communities we serve. 
“I am hugely thankful for the tenacity and creativity of our churches. 
“I pray daily that we make Jesus known to all whom we meet, even if it is via Zoom!
“I pledge to give my best powers of wit, energy and creativity so that we may become a more Christ-centred and Jesus shaped Church, witnessing to Christ and bringing the healing balm of the Gospel to our nation.”
The service will be streamed on Sunday 18 October from 4pm. 
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