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Order of Service for the Inauguration of the Archbishop of York

The Inauguration of the Archiepiscopal Ministry


The Most Reverend and Right Honourable

John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu


as the

97th Archbishop Of York


Primate of England and Metropolitan


Andrew The Apostle


30 November 2005

11.30 a.m.

Welcome to York Minster, the Diocese and the Province of York on this great day.

The Installation of a new Archbishop begins a new chapter in the life of the province and diocese as its chief pastor and teacher is welcomed by his people, placed in his archiepiscopal seat (cathedra, which gives a cathedral its name), and begins his ministry of teaching and celebrating the Good News of God in Jesus Christ.

The Crown Nomination Commission saw the role and the qualities of the new Archbishop of York in the following terms:

  • A missionary Archbishop with a vision for and confidence in mission - a risk taker, with a clear vision for evangelism in the Province of York, able to see new patterns of ministry for new situations, and a strategist and decision-maker.
  • A man of proven parish experience, committed to a collaborative style of leadership (delegation not abdication).
  • Leading the Church of England, and modelling a collaborative leadership style, in partnership with the Archbishop of Canterbury.
  • An accessible and openhearted pastor, gifted in raising the level of expectancy.  A Chief Pastor of the Province and Diocese.
  • A focus of unity, a bridge-builder and reconciler, in a diverse and multi-faith society, and a ‘watchman for the north’: a man able to communicate the Gospel with imagination, and with a concern for the poor and for social justice.

Archbishop Sentamu comes to the Province of York having grown up in rural Uganda, spent the first 4 years of his ministry in Cambridge and Richmond and 14 years in inner city parishes in South London, 6 years as Bishop for Stepney and 3 years as Bishop for Birmingham – two Episcopal Sees which contain some of the poorest areas in the country as well as affluent ones. There, he has also worked to strengthen the church, and build up the laity in confidence and faith and has also been able to forge strong links with leaders of other faiths. During his years as a parish priest, he also served on General Synod and its Standing Committee and other bodies, being involved in the work of the Archbishop’s Commission on Urban Priority Areas, the Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns, the Decade of Evangelism Steering Group, and the Archbishops’ evangelism initiative, Springboard. As Bishop for Stepney, he also served on the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Team and chaired  the Damilola Taylor murder Review.

His stated priorities for ministry have been ‘to seek God’s rule of justice, righteousness, peace and love; to be part of God’s movement of change, meeting real concerns with real life; to reach out to all by standing at the intersection where human need and God’s love meet; being willing to take risks and be vulnerable, the servant of others as Christ was servant of all; and praying constantly, sharing in God’s groanings and broken heartedness for his world.’

As a ‘watchman for the North’, as in Birmingham, he continues to be referred to as Sentamu  (Sentamu is his first Christian name), Archbishop for York, Primate of England and Metropolitan.  He is committed to re-connecting the Church of England with England.

As we welcome the 97th Archbishop for our Province and Diocese, and Primate of England, the emphasis in this inauguration service is on prayer and adoration of the Glory of God as together we seek again the renewing life of his Holy Spirit. On this historic occasion, let us pray that we may glimpse again the glory of God, seen in the face of Jesus Christ, be given fresh vision, be renewed in love for one another, and strengthened to seek and serve Him in the world he came to save.        

  +Richard Frith, Bishop of Hull, Chair York Vacancy in See Committee


The York Gospels

The Archbishop will take his oath on a manuscript book of the four Gospels written and decorated by Eadui Basan and other monks of Canterbury about the year 1000 and brought to York by Wulfstan, Archbishop from 1003 – 1023. The text of the oath is based on one written in Latin in the thirteenth century, for this book has been used for the oaths of the deans and other dignitaries since at least that time, and for archbishops probably since 1547.


The Pastoral Staff

The Archbishop will enter the cathedral with a pastoral staff given to him by Paul Mendel, the then Director of the Council for Christians and Jews, and made from an olive tree in Bethlehem.

During the service the Archbishop will receive a silver pastoral staff. This was handed to the Bishop of Hull by Archbishop David Hope at his service of farewell, and symbolises the pastoral care of he diocese and province. The ‘Braganza’ Crozier has been used in the Minster with little interruption since 1688, and is used by Archbishops when functioning in the cathedral.

It was made early in 1688 for James Smith when he was consecrated Bishop for the North as part of James II’s plans to return England to the Roman Catholic jurisdiction. During the upheavals of that year the staff was deposited in the Minster. As a sign of continued ecumenical partnership the staff is available to Roman Catholic and Anglican Bishops in Yorkshire.


Music Before the Service

Musicians from St. John’s, Harborne, in the Diocese of Birmingham, and St. Michael-le-Belfrey, in the Diocese of York, will lead the following songs.


I will give you living water. . .

If you seek me you will find me. . .

If you listen you will hear me . . .

Come, my children, I will teach you. . .

I'm your shepherd, I will lead you. . .

Peace I leave you, peace I give you. . .

I'm your life and resurrection. . .

Glory, Father, glory, Spirit. . .

Come, Lord Jesus, Light of nations. . .

Come, Lord Jesus, born of Mary. . .

Come, and show the Father's glory. . .

Virginia Vissing & Damian Lundy © 1974 Sisters of Mary of Namur


Praise God from whom all blessings flow

Praise him all creatures here below

Praise him above you heavenly host,

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost


Give glory to the Father, give glory to the Son,

Give glory to the Spirit while endless ages run.

‘Worthy the Lamb,’ all heaven cries to be exalted thus;

‘Worthy the Lamb,’ our hearts reply for he was slain for us.

Dave Clifton and Andy Piercy ©1993 I Q Music       


My Jesus, my Saviour, Lord, there is none like you

all of my days, I want to praise the wonders of your mighty love.

My comfort, my shelter, tower of refuge and strength,

let every breath, all that I am, never cease to worship you.


Shout to the Lord all the earth, let us sing,

power and majesty, praise to the King;

mountains bow down and the seas will roar at the sound of your name.

I sing for joy at the work of your hands

for ever I’ll love you, for ever I’ll stand;

nothing compares to the promise I have in you.

Darlene Zschech  © 1993 Australia/Kingsway's Thankyou Music


Over all the earth, you reign on high

every mountain stream, every sunset sky

But my one request, Lord, my only aim

is that you’d reign in me again.


Lord reign in me, reign in your pow’r

over all my dreams, in my darkest hour.

You are the Lord of all I am,

so won’t you reign in me again.


Over every thought, over every word,

may my life reflect the beauty of my Lord;

‘cause you mean more to me than any earthly thing.

So won’t you reign in me again.

Brenton Brown © 1988 Vineyard Songs


May the blessing of the Lord come down…

May the healing of the Lord come down…

May the glory of the Lord come down…

Traditional Nigerian tune

Processions before the Service


The congregation remains seated


The Readers and Clergy of the Diocese of York

Visiting Clergy and Readers


The Civic Procession

Lords Lieutenant of the Province of York

Civic Leaders from within the Diocese of York

Alderman and Councillors of the City of York Council

The High Sheriff of North Yorkshire

The Sheriff of York and the Sheriff’s Lady

The Rt. Hon the Lord Mayor of York and her Consort


The Processions of Senior Clergy

Ecumenical leaders

Senior Visiting Clergy

The Deans of the Province of York

The Dean and Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral,

 with the Archdeacons of the Diocese of London

The Dean and Chapter of Birmingham

Primates of the Anglican Communion

Bishops of the Church of England

Legal Officers of the Province of Canterbury and the Province of York

The Canons Emeriti

The College of Canons of York


The Choir


At 11.28 The Dean and Chapter processes to the Great West Door. As they do, please stand, turn towards the Great West Door, and keep a few moments of silence.



The Welcome of the Archbishop


The Archbishop arrives at the Great West Door, attended by his Chaplain and preceded by the Churchwardens of Birmingham Cathedral. He knocks three times with his pastoral staff.

As the Door is opened, a Fanfare is sounded, written by Philip Moore, Master of the Music, York Minster.

The Churchwardens of Birmingham Cathedral bow to the Dean.


The Dean says

Most Reverend Father in God, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

we of the Chapter of the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St. Peter in York, and the people of this Diocese and Province welcome you into your Cathedral Church.

In the name of the Lord, we welcome you.


The Archbishop says

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

and also with you.


The congregation faces south-west as the Archbishop moves to St. Cuthbert’s Chapel and kneels to pray surrounded by 14 children, the number of Dioceses in the Province of York.


When the Archbishop kneels, the congregation sits.


The Choir sings

I was glad when they said unto me: we will go into the house of the Lord.

Our feet shall stand in thy gates: O Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is builded as a city: that is at unity in itself.

O pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

Peace be within thy walls: and plenteousness within thy palaces.

 Words: Psalm 122: 1-3, 6-7

Music: Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848 - 1918)


At the end of the Anthem, silence is kept



Please stand


During the hymn the Archbishop will pause to light a candle and offer a silent prayer of thanksgiving for some of his predecessors, including the Archbishops of living memory.

The twelve lighted candles will be placed on the altar.


The God of Abraham praise

  who reigns enthroned above,

Ancient of everlasting days,

  and God of love:

Jehovah, great I AM,

  by earth and heaven confest;

we bow and bless the sacred name

  for ever blest.


The God of Abraham praise,

  at whose supreme command

from earth we rise, and seek the joys

  at his right hand:

we all on earth forsake

  its wisdom, fame, and power;

and him our only portion make,

  our shield and tower.



314                    Eborius

625                    Paulinus


Though nature’s strength decay,

  and earth and hell withstand,

to Canaan’s bounds we urge our way

  at his command:

the watery deep we pass,

  with Jesus in our view;

and through the howling wilderness

  our way pursue.



734                    Ecgbeorht

1144                    William Fitzherbert (St)


The goodly land we see,

  with peace and plenty blest:

a land of sacred liberty

  and endless rest;

there milk and honey flow,

  and oil and wine abound,

and trees of life for ever grow,

  with mercy crowned.


1909                   Cosmo Lang

1929                   William Temple


There dwells the Lord our King,

  the Lord our Righteousness,

triumphant o’er the world of sin,

  the Prince of peace:

on Sion’s sacred height

  his kingdom he maintains,

and glorious with his saints in light

  for ever reigns.


1942                   Cyril Garbett

1956                   Michael Ramsey


The God who reigns on high

  The great archangels sing,

and ‘Holy,Holy, Holy,’ cry,

  ‘almighty King,

who was, and is the same,

  and evermore shall be.

Jehovah, Father, great I AM,

  we worship thee.’


1961                   Donald Coggan

1975                   Stuart Blanch


Before the Saviour’s face

  the ransomed nations bow,

o’erwhelmed at his almighty grace

  for ever new;

he shows his prints of love

  they kindle to a flame,

and sound through all the worlds above

  the slaughtered Lamb.


1983          John Habgood

1995          David Hope


The Acting Dean of Birmingham takes the thirteenth unlit candle and places it on the altar with the twelve lighted candles.


The Archbishop ascends the Dais with two children.


The whole triumphant host

  give thanks to God on high;

‘hail, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,’

  they ever cry:

hail, Abraham’s God, and mine,

  (I join the heavenly lays)

all might and majesty are thine,

  and endless praise.

 Words: Thomas Olivers (1725-1799) based on the Hebrew Yigdal

 Music: LEONI


All sit


The Reading of the Mandate and the Oaths

The Provincial Registrar of the Province of Canterbury gives the Mandate of the Royal Commissioners to the Dean and says


Mr Dean, His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury greets you, and I present to you his Mandate.


The Dean says

Mr Provincial Registrar, we welcome you.


The Dean hands the Mandate to the Provincial Registrar of the Province of York, saying

Let the Mandate now be read.


The Registrar reads the Mandate.


The Archbishop faces the people with the Chapter and Diocesan Bishops of the Province of York beside him. The Dean says

Most Reverend Father in God, we request you to take the appointed oaths.


The Church of England is part of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church worshipping the one true God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It professes the faith uniquely revealed in the Holy Scriptures and set forth in the catholic creeds; which faith the Church is called upon to proclaim afresh in each generation. Led by the Holy Spirit, it has borne witness to Christian truth in its historic formularies, the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the Book of Common Prayer and the Ordering of Bishops, Priest and Deacons. In the declaration you are about to make will you affirm your loyalty to this inheritance of faith as your inspiration and guidance under God in bringing the grace and truth of Christ to this generation and making him known to those in your care?


The Archbishop responds

I, John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu, do so affirm, and accordingly declare my belief in the faith which is revealed in the Holy Scriptures and set forth in the catholic creeds and to which the historic formularies of the Church of England bear witness; and in public prayer and administration of the sacraments, I will use only the forms of service which are authorised or allowed by Canon.


The Canon in Residence brings the York Gospels to the Archbishop


The Dean says

Right Reverend Father in God, I now ask you to declare that you will faithfully serve this Diocese and Province of York and will observe and keep the ancient and approved customs of the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St. Peter in York, defending its rights and statutes, and preserving its liberties.

The Archbishop lays his right hand on the book and says

In the name of God, I will.

I, John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu, by Divine providence Lord Archbishop of York, Primate of England and Metropolitan, promise that as much as in me lies I will be a faithful pastor to the clergy and people of this Diocese and Province, that we may all be equipped for work in God's service and built up in the body of Christ; and furthermore I do solemnly declare that I shall faithfully observe and keep the statutes, ordinances and customs and preserve the liberties of the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St. Peter in York; and shall set forward and promote such works as may be fitly done therein for the service of God and for the benefit of his Church, so help me God and these holy Gospels.


Please stand



Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart,

be all else but naught to me, save that thou art;

be thou my best thought in the day and the night,

both waking and sleeping, thy presence my light.


Be thou my wisdom be thou my true word,

be thou ever with me, and I with thee, Lord

be thou my great Father, thy child let me be,

be thou in me dwelling, and I one with thee.


Be thou my breastplate, my sword for the fight

be thou my whole armour, be thou my true might,

be thou my soul’s shelter, be thou my strong tower:

O raise thou me heavenward, great Power of my power.


Riches I need not, nor earth’s empty praise

be thou mine inheritance now and always;

be thou and thou only the first in my heart;

O Sovereign of heaven, my treasure thou art.


High King of heaven, thou heaven’s bright Sun;

O grant me its joys after victory is won;

great Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,

still be thou my vision, O Ruler of all.

Words: Irish, c 8th Century, tr Mary Byrne (1880 - 1931)

Music: SLANE Irish traditional


Please sit


The Anointing


A Deacon, the Revd Dr Judith Palmer, reads

Jesus said ‘You call me Teacher and Lord – and you are right, for that is what I am. So, if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.  Very truly I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them.’

 John 13: 13-16


A young person says

Jesus said: 'Truly I tell you whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it'. Archbishop Sentamu, always remember that you are first an adopted child of God.   A Christian with us and an Archbishop for us.


The Archbishop replies

My brothers and sisters, you have heard the pattern of leadership given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ. Will you pray for me today and in the days to come, that I may know God's grace in the task which lies before me, and do all things in his strength alone?

We will, with the help of God.


The Dean says

Let us pray


Please sit or kneel. Silence is kept.


 Veni Creator

Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire

and lighten with celestial fire;

thou the anointing Spirit art,

who dost thy sevenfold gifts impart.


Thy blessed unction from above

is comfort, life, and fire of love;

enable with perpetual light

the dullness of our blinded sight.


Anoint and cheer our soiled face

with the abundance of thy grace:

keep far our foes, give peace at home;

where thou art guide no ill can come.


Teach us to know the Father, Son,

and thee, of Both, to be but One;

that through the ages all along

this may be our endless song,


Praise to thy eternal merit,

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Words John Cosin (1594 – 1672)



Please sit.


The Archbishop of Canterbury anoints the Archbishop.


Archbishop Sentamu, I anoint you with this oil of gladness;

and sign you afresh with the sign of Christ,

in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

in token that you are set aside and consecrated:-

as a Deacon, to serve the Church of God, and to work with its members in caring for the poor, the needy, the sick, and all who are in trouble;

as a Priest, to work with other bishops and with your fellow-priests, as servant and shepherd among the people of this diocese; to proclaim the word of the Lord and to call everyone to repent and turn to the Lord;

as a Bishop, to lead in serving and caring for the people of God and to work with them in the oversight of the Church; and to further its unity, to uphold its discipline, to guard its faith and to interpret the gospel of Christ.

You are to know your people and be known by them.


Anointing of the head

May your mind always think of Christ.


Anointing of the lips

 May your lips always speak of Christ.


Anointing of the hands

May your hands always be ready to bless and heal in the name of Christ,

and may your life be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.



The Giving Of The Pastoral Staff


The Bishop of Hull hands the Diocesan Pastoral Staff to the Archbishop, saying

Archbishop Sentamu, receive this staff.

Keep watch over the flock over which God has appointed you shepherd. Encourage the faithful, restore the lost, build up the body of Christ,

that when the Chief Shepherd shall appear,

you may receive the unfading crown of glory.


The Archbishop says



The Anthem

During the anthem the congregation kneels or sits to pray for the empowering of the Holy Spirit. The Archbishop kneels, and church leaders representing the Archbishop’s past and future ministry gather round the Archbishop, who kneels. The leaders include Archbishops, Bishops, clergy and laity from the Archbishop’s former dioceses, the Bishops and Archdeacons of the Diocese of York, and ecumenical leaders from Birmingham and the Province of York.  


The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,

because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor:

he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted,

to preach deliverance to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind,

to preach the acceptable year of the Lord;

to give unto them that mourn a garland for ashes,

the oil of joy for mourning,

the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;

that they might be called trees of righteousness,

the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. 

For as the earth bringeth forth her bud,

and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth;

so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise

to spring forth before all the nations.

Words: Isaiah 61. 1-3, 11     

Music: Edward Elgar (1857 - 1934)


The Bishop of Hull says                                                       

The Lord bless you and watch over you.

The Lord make his face to shine upon you.

The Lord look kindly on you and give you peace.

And the blessing of God Almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

be upon you , and upon all that you undertake in his name,

now and for evermore. Amen.


The Dean says

Heavenly Father,

whose Son is the light of the world,

bless our Diocese and Province of York,

give grace and wisdom to its people,

enlighten us all on our pilgrim journey

and bring us to your eternal Kingdom,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Members of the Archbishop’s family join him on the Dais, and the Archbishop of               Canterbury anoints them with oil and blesses them, saying

Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,

who shared at Nazareth the life of an earthly home;

reign in the home of John, Margaret, Grace and Geoffrey as Lord and King. Give them grace to minister to others as you have ministered to us;

and grant that by word and deed they may be witnesses of your saving love

to those among whom they live:

for the sake of your holy name. Amen.


During the hymn the Archbishop, preceded by the Primatial Cross, is escorted

by the Dean and Chapter of York to his Archiepiscopal seat, the cathedra.


From heaven you came, helpless babe,

entered our world, your glory veiled;

not to be served but to serve,

and give your life that we might live.


This is our God, the Servant King,

he calls us now to follow him,

to bring our lives as a daily offering

of worship to the Servant King.


There in the garden of tears

my heavy load he chose to bear;

his heart with sorrow was torn,

‘Yet not my will, but yours’, he said


Come see his hands and his feet,

the scars that speak of sacrifice,

hands that flung stars into space

to cruel nails surrendered.


So let us learn how to serve,

and in our lives enthrone him;

each other’s needs to prefer,

for it is Christ we’re serving.


Words and Music: Graham Kendrick (b.1950) © Kingsway’s Thankyou Music


Please sit


The Inauguration


The Dean places the Archbishop in the cathedra, saying

By virtue of the Mandate of the Most Reverend Father in God Rowan Douglas Williams, by Divine Providence Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, I, Keith Jones, Dean of the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St. Peter in York, induct and install you, John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu, and inaugurate your ministry as Archbishop of York,  together with its rights and dignities and all its opportunities of service; and I place you (here the Archbishop sits)in the Archiepiscopal seat of this Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St. Peter in York, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.


The Dean blesses the Archbishop

Archbishop Sentamu, may God sustain you in all your works,

and in all your ways;

make you humble, just and true:

strengthen you in holiness and righteousness;

fill your home with love and joy and peace

and help you always to possess the hearts of your people,

and may the blessing of Almighty God,

the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

rest upon you, now and always. Amen.


The Presentation


The Dean presents the Archbishop to the people

My brothers and sisters in Christ,

I present to you Archbishop Sentamu,

our Archbishop and Father in God.

Receive him in love and obey him in truth,

that together we may give ourselves to the purposes of God in this Diocese,

to the praise and glory of his name.


The people shall loudly say


and greet the Archbishop with applause.


A dance of rejoicing and thanksgiving to God, the Bwola, from Archbishop Janani Luwum’s homeland Gulu, Acoli, Uganda is performed.


Te Deum

The Choir sings, and all repeat

We praise thee, O God, we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.

We praise you, O God, we acclaim you as the Lord;

All creation worships you, the Father everlasting.

We praise thee, O God, we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.


To you all angels all the powers of heaven,

cherubim and seraphim sing in endless praise:

Holy, holy, holy Lord of God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

We praise thee, O God, we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.


The glorious company of apostles praise you.

The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.

The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.

We praise thee, O God, we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.


Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:

Father, of majesty unbounded,

your true and only Son worthy of all praise,

the Holy Spirit advocate and guide.

We praise thee, O God, we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.


You, Christ, are the King of glory,

The eternal Son of the Father.

When you took our flesh to set us free

you humbly chose the Virgin’s womb.

We praise thee, O God, we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.


You overcame the sting of death

and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.

We believe that you will come and be our judge.

We praise thee, O God, we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.


Come then Lord and help your people:

Bought with the price of your own blood;

And bring us with your saints to glory everlasting.

We praise thee, O God, we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.


Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance.

Govern and uphold them now and always.

Day by day we bless you.

We praise your name for ever.

We praise thee, O God, we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.


Keep us today, Lord, from all sin.

Have mercy on us, Lord have mercy.

Lord, show us your love and mercy,

For we have put our trust in you.

We praise thee, O God, we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.


In you, Lord, is our hope:

Let us never be put to shame.

We praise thee, O God, we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.


Words: from Common Worship and the Book of Common Prayer

 Music +John Sentamu (b.1949)


The Peace And The Sharing Of Ministry


The Diocesan Bishopsof the Province of York join the Archbishop

The Bishops say

Made in the image and likeness of God,

we are fellow members of this community,

called to love and serve each other.

We greet one another in the love of Christ and share his peace.


The Archbishop says

The peace of the Lord be always with you  

and also with you.


All are invited to exchange a sign of peace


Archbishop Sentamu greets representatives from the Diocese, other churches, other faiths, and institutions.

During the exchange of the Peace, the Luo Singers and Dancers (Uganda), a Mothers’ Union Group from St Matthew’s Stratford, East London, sing a Luo Song of Praise.


Bibilia calo kic God’s Word made flesh is like honey

Nga ma kwero kic,  And we all love honey

Bibilia calo kic;  The Word made flesh is like honey

Ma dano camo ceke. That everybody eats.


Bibilio calo tara. God’s Word made flesh is like light

Nga ma umo tara, Can anyone shut out light?

Bibilia calo tara;  The Word made flesh is like light

Ma caro dano ceke. That shines on everyone.


Bibilio calo kado. God’s Word made flesh is like salt

Nga ma umo kado, Don’t we all need salt?

Bibilia calo kado;  The Word made flesh is like salt

Ma dano camo ceke. That everybody eats.


Bibilio calo kwon. God’s Word made flesh is like bread

Nga ma umo kwon, Don’t we all eat bread?

Bibilia calo kwon; The Word made flesh is like bread

Ma dano camo ceke. That everybody eats.


Bibilio calo yamo. God’s Word made flesh is like air

Nga ma umo yamo, Don’t we all breathe air?

Bibilia calo yamo; The Word made flesh is like air

Ma dano yweyo ceke. That everybody breathes.



Siya hamb’ ekukhanyen’ kwenkhos (x4)

Siya hamba hamba, siya hamba, hamba,

Siya hamb’ ekukhanyen’ kwenkhos (x 2)


We are marching in the light of God..


We are living in the love of God …


We are moving in the power of God …


We are singing in the name of God


We are dancing in the praise of God

 Music & Words African Traditional ©1990 Wild Goose Publications


Please remain standing


The Liturgy of the Word


The Gospel Reading

The refrain is sung first by the cantor and then repeated by everyone

Alleluia, alleluia. Alleluia, alleluia.


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

Glory to you,OLord.


Master Matthew Wood reads

As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake – for they were fishermen.  And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’   Immediately they left their nets and followed him.   As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them.   Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him. And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 

A gale arose on the lake, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep.  And they went and woke him up, saying, ‘Lord, save us!  We are perishing!’  And he said to them, ‘Why are you afraid, you of little faith?’  Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm.  They were amazed, saying, ‘What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?’

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you,OChrist.


All sing

Alleluia, alleluia. Alleluia, alleluia.


The Inaugural Sermon

At the end of the sermon silence is kept.

The choir sings first and all then sing twice


The kingdom of God is justice and joy and peace in the Holy Spirit.

Come, Lord, and open in us the gates of your kingdom.


Washing of the Feet

The Archbishop washes the feet of three children.

The Archbishop then places a cross from El Salvador around the neck of the children who have taken part in the service.  The words of Oscar Romero are inscribed on the back of each one of them. ‘Peace will flower when love and justice pervade our environment’. 

During this the Responsorial Canticle is sung.

The refrain is sung first by the Choir and then repeated by everyone and sung again after each verse.

Faith, Hope and Love, let these remain among you.

Faith, Hope and Love – the greatest of these is Love.


In Christ’s name we are gathered;

rejoice in Christ, be glad in him

For our God is everliving.

Let us fear and love God always

And love each other from our hearts.


So when we are together

let us be one in heart and mind

remove the bitterness and strive;

let there be an end to our quarrels

and in our midst be Christ, our God.


And with all of the blessed,

when earth is gone and time is still,

with pure love in you our God,

may we see your face in glory,

and praise you with unending joy


Words:  from the Latin Liturgy of Maundy Thursday ‘ Ubi Caritas’
Music: Christopher Walker © 1986, 1987


The Prayers

The Right Reverend Nicholas Reade, Bishop of Blackburn, most recently consecrated Diocesan Bishop in the Province of York, says

Let us pray

All kneel or sit                                

On this feast day of St Andrew, let us pray to the Lord for Christian simplicity, holiness and hunger for the renewal of the Church in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,

we make our prayer in the power of the Spirit,

looking to Jesus the pioneer of our faith.

That with the noble fellowship of the prophets

we may discern the signs of your kingdom in our midst,

Lord hear us

Lord graciously hear us.


That with the glorious company of the apostles

we may proclaim your gospel throughout the world  

Lord hear us,

Lord graciously hear us.


That with the white-robed army of martyrs

we may be ready to suffer for the truth's sake

Lord hear us.

Lord graciously hear us.


That with all who are anointed by your Spirit

We may bring good news to the poor and freedom to the oppressed

Lord hear us.

Lord graciously hear us.


That with the saints in light

We may bind up the broken hearted and comfort all who mourn

Lord hear us.

Lord graciously hear us.


That within the whole company of Christ's pilgrim people

we may come to the inheritance of the saints in glory,

Lord hear us.

Lord graciously hear us.


In communion with all the saints,

let us commend the cities, the Diocese and Province of York

and the world to the mercy and protection of God this day.


Silence is kept


All remain kneeling or seated while the Choir sings Psalm 67, Deus misereatur


God be merciful unto us, and bless us;

and shew us the light of his countenance,

and be merciful unto us;

That thy way may be known upon earth;

thy saving health among all nations,

Let the people praise thee, O God:

yea, let all the people praise thee.

O let the nations rejoice and be glad:

for thou shalt judge the folk righteously,

and govern the nations upon earth.

Let the people praise thee, O God:

let all the people praise thee.

Then shall the earth bring forth her increase:

and God, even our own God, shall give us his blessing.

God shall bless us: and all the ends of the world shall fear him.


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son

and to the Holy Ghost;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be

world without end.  Amen.


   Chant by Sir Edward Bairstow (1874 - 1946)

   Organist of York Minster 1913 - 1946


As our Saviour has taught us, so we pray

Our Father who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come, thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread

and forgive us our trespasses

as we forgive those who trespass against us

and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, the power

and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.



During the hymn a collection is taken for Martin House, a local Children’s Hospice, and the Archbishop Janani Luwum Trust supporting students who are registered but cannot afford the fees at Janani Luwum Theological College in Northern Uganda.


Christ is the King! O friends rejoice;

brothers and sisters, with one voice

tell all the world he is your choice.

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.


O magnify the Lord, and raise

anthems of joy and holy praise

for Christ's brave saints of ancient days:

  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.


They with a faith for ever new

followed the King, and round him drew

thousands of faithful hearts and true.

  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.


O Christian women, Christian men,

all the world over, seek again

the Way disciples followed then:

  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.


Christ through all ages is the same:

place the same hope in his great name,

with the same faith his word proclaim:

  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.


Let love's unconquerable might

your scattered companies unite

in service to the Lord of light:

  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.


So shall God’s will on earth be done,

new lamps be lit, new tasks begun,

and the whole church at last be one.

  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

Words: George Bell (1883 - 1958)

 Music: VULPIUS, from Vulpius’s Gesangbuch 1609


The Blessing and Dismissal

Please remain standing

The Archbishop says

Almighty God,

who gave such grace to your apostle Saint Andrew

that he readily obeyed the call of your Son Jesus Christ

and brought his brother with him:

call us by your holy word,

and give us grace to follow you without delay

and to tell the good news of your kingdom

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Our help is in the name of the Lord

who has made heaven and earth.


Blessed be the name of the Lord

from this time forth for evermore.


May God the Father who created us

that we should be his children,

fill your hearts with wisdom, joy and peace.



May God the Son, the great High Priest and Shepherd of souls

keep you steadfast and faithful in his service.



May God the Holy Spirit make you one in faith and hope and love

that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.



And the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be upon you and remain with you, always.




During the hymn the Archbishop, accompanied by the Diocesan Bishops of the Province of York, the Suffragan Bishops and Archdeacons of the Diocese of York and the Dean and Chapter ,and children carrying balloons, moves to the Great West Door. They are followed by the Lord-Lieutenant of York, the Sentamu family, the High Sheriff of North Yorkshire, the Lord Mayor of York and her consort, the Sheriff of York and his Lady.


We shall go out with hope of resurrection

we shall go out, from strength to strength go on,

we shall go out and tell our stories boldly,

tales of a love that will not let us go.

we'll sing our songs of wrongs that can be righted,

we'll dream our dreams of hurts that can be healed.

We'll weave a cloth of all the world united

within the vision of a Christ who sets us free.


We'll give a voice to those who have not spoken,

we'll find a word for those whose lips are sealed,

we'll make the tunes for those who sing no longer,

vibrating love alive in every heart.

We'll share our Joy with those who still are weeping,

chant hymns of strength for hearts that break in grief.

We'll leap and dance the resurrection story

including all within the circles of our love.

Dr J Boyce-Tillman (b. 1943) © 1993 Stainer & Bell Ltd

Music: LONDONDERRY, ‘Air from County Derry’in the Petrie Collection of Irish Melody


At the open door the Archbishop blesses the City, the Diocese and the Province of York.


God bless this City, Diocese and Province:

Guide her rulers in wisdom and humility;

Guard her children;

Give her peace and justice;

And may the blessing of God Almighty,

come down upon us and remain with us always.



The Archbishop releases balloons for God’s invitation for all:

All are welcome!

Please be seated as the processions leave, and remain in your place until invited to move by a Steward.

The Archbishop invites you all to stay and share a picnic lunch with him in the Minster. Stewards will guide you.

The food has been prepared by Marks and Spencer, York, and drinks are supplied by Matthew Clark of York. We are grateful to them for their hard work!


Organ Voluntaries

Nu la oss takke gud           Egil Hovland (Norsk Musikforlag)

Toccata ‘Now thank we all our God’

March upon Handel’s   Alexandre Guilmant (1837 - 1911)

‘Lift up your heads’ (op15)     

Finale – First Symphony          Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

Music and Dances will be performed during lunch by the Baganda Peace Dancers (Uganda)


Let justice flow like water

and integrity like an unfailing stream.

Amos 5.24


Then the angel showed me the river of life,

rising from the throne of God and of the Lamb,

and flowing crystal clear down the middle of the city street,

Revelation 22.1


Jesus said

‘anyone who drinks the water I shall give,

will never thirst again,

The water I shall give

will turn into a spring of water, welling up to eternal life!’

John 4.1



Copyright Acknowledgemements

Celtic Alleluia, and Faith hope and love, published by OCP, and the Kingdom of God, published by Taize, are used by authorisation of Calamus

Some material in this service is © The Archbishops’ Council and is used by permission.

Other copyright material is authorised for use under CCLI licence number 270217.