DR JOHN SENTAMU legally became Archbishop of York at a ceremony in St
Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside, in London, on Wednesday of last week.
The confirmation of the election of the Archbishop was presided over by the
Archbishop of Canterbury, accompanied by six senior bishops of the northern
province. It was preceded by an act of worship, which included musical
contributions by Abigail Kelly, a student at the Birmingham Conservatoire, who
sang "How beautiful are the feet" from Handel's Messiah; and by the
Andrew Kisumba Group, who sang an Afro-American traditional spiritual, "I want
Jesus to walk with me".
For the legal ceremony, evidence was brought by the Proctor on behalf of the
Dean and College of Canons of York Minster, to show that Dr Sentamu's election
as Archbishop on 21 July had been conducted in accordance with the law.
Dr Sentamu was then presented as Archbishop by his advocate. He gave the
Oath of Allegiance to the Queen, and made his Declaration of Assent to the
historic formularies of the Church of England. Then Dr Williams conferred upon
him the spiritual authority of the see of York.
After the ceremony, Dr Sentamu said: "The Christian gospel has the power to
transform people's lives, and to transform our nation. We in the Church need to
play our part in communicating that gospel in both words and actions, and to
speak out and work for justice. Together, [we] can help people of all kinds to
respond to God's invitation in Jesus Christ."
Dr Sentamu will be enthroned as Archbishop in York Minster on Wednesday 30