We live in interesting times.
Mere days after the “inauguration” of the Bishop of Rome, the world witnesses another major ecclesiastical event: the “enthronement” of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
And just as the Patriarch of Constantinople attended the event of the Roman Pontiff, the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, attended the event of the Anglican prelate, and – according to this schedule – read the lesson (look down to 3:25pm). (I haven’t been able to find any more detail on this). (Nb. in the picture above, I can also spot Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor and Cardinal Kurt Koch, centre left).
To make the occasion even more interesting, while the Roman Bishop was installed on the Feast Day of St Joseph, Protector of the Church, the Anglican Archbishop was installed on the day of the execution of his predecessor Archbishop Thomas Cranmar.
But amid all these similarities and contrasts, the greatest contrast of all would have to be the ceremony itself. Again, see the link above for details, and this page at The Daily Mail for all the colour photographs.
In comparison, one can perhaps be a little appreciative of the new style at our own HQ.