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Sentamu is confirmed for York

02 November 2006

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 November.

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