Bishop of Sheffield pays homage to The Queen

18th July 2017

On 18 July 2017, the new Bishop of Sheffield, the Rt Revd Pete Wilcox is paying homage to The Queen in the next step on his journey to full occupation of the role.  This takes place at a private meeting in London.

The act of paying homage is an ancient rite dating back to Medieval times. Since the time of the Reformation it has required the new bishop to take an oath that the Sovereign is the only Supreme Governor of the Church of England.  During the meeting the temporalities of the diocese are restored to the bishop from the Sovereign, who acts as guardian during a vacancy.

The final stage of the journey will be the installation service held in Sheffield Cathedral towards the end of September.


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