Lancashire’s CE Bishop will meet Her Majesty the Queen today to ‘pay homage’.
The meeting has ancient roots and is part of the process of taking office for the Bishop of Blackburn as well as the Bishop of Manchester.
The Bishop of Manchester, the Rt Rev. David Walker, will be paying homage just before his inauguration at Manchester Cathedral on November 30. Lancashire’s Bishop, Rt Rev Julian Henderson, The Bishop of Blackburn, was inaugurated on October 19 at Blackburn Cathedral.
The two Bishops will meet the Queen individually in the Throne Room of Buckingham Palace, reflecting the importance of the occasion.
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. The meetings are usually private but cameras were allowed in when the new Archbishop of Canterbury paid homage earlier this year.
During the ceremony the Bishop makes an oath, acknowledging The Queen to be Supreme Governor of the Church of England.
The Bishops will be met in an ante-chamber by the Clerk of the Closet (Rt Rev. Christopher Hill, The Bishop of Guildford) and by the Lord Chancellor (The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP), who administers the oath of allegiance.
The Bishops are then presented to The Queen by the Master of the Household and kneel before The Queen; each will place their hands together; then the Queen places her hands outside theirs, while they make the oath.
Bishop Julian said: “It was a very great honour to be received personally by Her Majesty the Queen and to pay homage to her.”