Consecration Press Release Friday,18th October 2013.
In one of the most significant moves since numbers of Anglicans left the Church of England in protest at its acceptance of women into its priesthood, traditional Anglicans gathered in the city of Lincoln to celebrate the consecration of two new Bishops for the worldwide Traditional Anglican movement.
They are the former Vicar–General of the Traditional Anglican Church in Britain, the Very Rev’d Ian Gray, who is based in Lincoln, and the Very Rev’d Michael Pope of the Anglican Catholic Church in Australia which, like the Lincoln- based community, is also an element of the Traditional Anglican Communion.
The ceremony, on October 18th, was presided over by The Most Reverend Samuel Prakash, Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of India, and Acting Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion. The event was attended by supporters from TAC parishes from within Britain, together with visiting guests – clergy and laity – from The United States of America, Australia, Canada, India and South Africa.
Representing a milestone in the history and growth of what have often been labelled the Continuing Churches, this unique ceremony took place in England at the Pro-Cathedral Church of St. Katherine which forms part of the city’s Priory Trust complex – less than a mile from Lincoln’s ancient Church of England Cathedral.
The ceremony took place at a Celebration of Holy Communion led by Bishop Craig Botterill, Episcopal Visitor to the TAC in Britain and Suffragan Bishop of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada.
The Epistle was read by Bishop Stephen Strawn, Bishop Ordinary of the Anglican Church in America’s Diocese of the MissouriValley.
The Gospel was read by Bishop Shane Janzen, the Metropolitan and Bishop Ordinary of the Anglican Church of Canada.
The sermon, which drew on the history and significance of Lincoln to the Christian Faith and the role of Bishops in the modern world, was given by Bishop David Robarts O.A.M. of the Anglican Church in Australia.
The two Bishops Elect – The Very Rev’d Ian Gray and the Very Rev’d Michael Pope – were formally presented to Archbishop Prakash and, having made their Oaths of Obedience to him, each, in turn, was presented to the congregation. The Litany was sung by Bishop Brian Marsh, Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Church in America, and in accordance with tradition the Archbishop with Bishops Robarts and Botterill, laid hands on both men as prayers were offered for the assistance of the Holy Spirit in their future roles.
The mission of the Traditional Anglican Church in Britain is to recall Anglicanism to its heritage, to heal divisions caused by departures from the faith and to build a vibrant church for the future based on powerful local leadership.
Bishop Michael Pope (center left) and Bishop Ian Gray (center right)
after their Consecration at Cathedral Church of St. Katherine’s,
Any press enquiries should be directed to the Diocesan Office,
The Cathedral Church of St. Katherine’s , Colegrave Street, Lincoln. UK. LN5 8DW. Tel 01522 579490