Dr Martin Warner will be enthroned as the 103rd Bishop of Chichester in an act of worship rich in symbolism in Chichester Cathedral today, Sunday 25th November at 3.30pm.
Clergy and laity from across the Diocese will gather to welcome Dr Warner who will preach at the service.
Although he was officially made Bishop of Chichester in July this service marks the start of his public ministry.
International guests and representatives of other Christian churches will be amongst the visitors who will witness the moment the new bishop is ceremonially placed in the bishop's chair (cathedra).
Local government leaders will join the High Sheriffs and Lords Lieutenant of East and West Sussex as well as community representatives from across the region for the service.
The Dean of Chichester will formally welcome the new Bishop to the Cathedral and Diocese and the Bishop of Horsham will present Dr Warner with the pastoral staff of the Bishop of Chichester.
Special hymns have been chosen and the Chichester Cathedral Choir will lead the singing of the psalm and canticles for Evensong as well as a new anthem 'Thoughts about Heaven' by Philip Moore set to words of Evelyn Underhill.
Dr Warner will bless the City and Diocese at the end of the service.
An interview recorded on the eve of his Enthronement pays tribute to the people of the Diocese who have warmly welcomed him already. He said he was hugely privileged to be serving the people of Sussex and acknowledged with that comes responsibility. “He said: “This is a diocese hungry for change and today marks a new beginning”.
A prayer for Bishop Martin.
May God strengthen him and help us all to be more effective in our witness for Jesus Christ and his Kingdom in these challenging days.
Click here to view the interview on YouTube.