Consecration of the Bishop of Stockport, Monday 26th January 2015

Media Alert Note, 21 January 2015

The Reverend Libby Lane, currently Vicar of the combined benefice of St Peter’s Hale and St Elizabeth’s Ashley in the Diocese of Chester, will be consecrated as the 8th Bishop of Stockport on Monday 26th January 2015 at York Minster. The service will be conducted by the Archbishop of York,  Dr John Sentamu.  Libby Lane will be the first woman in the Church of England to be consecrated as a Bishop.

Media arrangements


Journalists and photographers wishing to attend the service will need official accreditation from York Minster to gain entry to the Minster and the media positions.

An accreditation application form can be downloaded from

Journalists and photographers should report to the media point at the West End of the Minster on arrival to pick up their press pass.

Media arrangements


Press Association will be pooling images from inside the Minster.  Media organisations should contact the Press Association for more information. Photographic positions will be available for accredited photographers outside in the designated media area at the West End of the Minster.


Broadcast images from inside the Minster will be pooled by the BBC.  Media organisations should contact the BBC for more information. Media positions will be available for accredited broadcasters outside in the designated media area at the West End of the Minster. 

Online video

Press Association video are to film the service and make footage available to online outlets. Please contact the Press Association for more information.

Print journalists

Allocated seating has been reserved for accredited print journalists wishing to attend the service.  Journalists will be directed to their seating on arrival.


  • All media inside the Minster must be in position by 10.30am for briefing. Media will not be admitted beyond this time
  • Media wishing to seek a space in the designated media area at the West End of the Minster must arrive in good time.  It is estimated that the service will end at approximately 1pm.
  • No recording devices are to be brought into the service
  • No photography during the service
  • Please use social media in a responsible manner during the service. Use #BishopLibby.
  • We are sorry but we cannot provide any parking for the media on this occasion.

Photo Call

The running order of photos outside the West End are as follows:

  • Revd. Libby Lane
  • Revd. Libby Lane with the Archbishop of York
  • Revd. Libby and female bishops
  • Diocese of Chester and Libby’s family.

Running Order

The running order for the service is summarised in Notes for Editors.


For information about attending the service please contact the York Minster Communications Team:

Sharon Atkinson – Director of Communications – t: 01904 557248 m: 07785 615457

Stacey Healey – Marketing Executive – t: 01904 559545m: 07557 110718

For information and interviews with the Reverend Libby Lane please contact:

Reverend Arun Arora – Director of Communications, Church of England Media Team – t: 020 7898 1462 m: 07984 334564

Notes for Editors

The Consecration of the Reverend Libby Lane as the 8th Bishop of Stockport

Monday 26th January 2015

York Minster

Running order for the service

10.30                     A procession of supporting clergy and licensed minsters enters through the South


10.55                     The Very Reverend Vivienne Faull, Dean of York Minster, welcomes the congregation

And gives notices.

                                A period of silence is then kept until the start of the service.

 11.00                    A bell is rung and prayers are sung in the South Choir Aisle.  The congregation                                    stands.

The Procession

The Minster Cross and Lights

The Minster Choir

A Verger

The Ordinand (The Reverend Libby Lane)

A Verger

Assisting Minsters

Interfaith and Ecumenical Guests

A Verger

The Chapter of Chester

A Verger

The Bishops in their order

Cross and Lights

A Verger

Canons Emeriti of York

The College of Canons of York

A Verger

The Minster Reader

The Head Master of the Minster School

The Minor Canons

The Succentor Canonicorum

The Chapter Clerk

The Chapter Steward

The Chapter of York

The Archbishop’s Apparitor

The Deacon of the Rite

Carrying the Book of the Gospels

The Principal Registrar of the Province of York

The Vicar-General of the Province of York

The Primatial Cross of York

The Most Reverend and Right Honourable the Lord Archbishop of York

The Chaplain and Researcher to the Archbishop of York.

The Gathering and Presentation

The Greeting by the Archbishop of York

Prayers of Penitence

The Presentation

The Reverend Libby Lane is presented to the congregation by the Bishops of Exeter and Chester.

The Declaration of Assent

The Archbishop of York reads the Preface to the Declaration of Assent and the Ordinand, the Reverend Libby Lane responds.

The Oaths

The Reverend Libby Lane takes the Oath of Allegiance and the Oath of Canonical Obedience.

Gloria in Excelsis

Choir of York Minster

The Collect

A special prayer for the day

The Liturgy of the Word

A Reading from the Old Testament

Responsorial Psalm – The Choir of York Minster and the congregation

A Reading from the New Testament

Gradual Hymn

(The hymn preceding the gospel reading)

Gospel Reading


The Venerable Sarah Bullock, Archdeacon of York

The Creed

The Liturgy of Ordination

The Declarations

The ordinand, the Reverend Libby Lane stands before the Archbishop who addresses the congregation for the declarations.

After this, all the bishops present gather around Libby at the foot of the Nave platform

Sung prayer

Veni Creator

The Litany

A prayer consisting of a number of petitions, sung by the Preceptor, the choir and congregation

The Ordination Prayer

Prayer effecting the ordination of the Reverend Libby Lane as a bishop.

The Giving of the Bible

The newly ordained Bishop of Stockport receives a Bible from the Archbishop

The Anointing

The newly ordained Bishop is anointed with oil by the Archbishop

The Welcome

The newly ordained Bishop faces the people and is welcomed by the Bishop of Chester

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

The Peace is shared throughout the congregation.

Preparation of the Table

The vessels and bread and wine for Holy Communion are placed on the altar.


The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

Breaking of the Bread

Giving of Communion

Prayer after Communion

The Sending Out

The Blessing by the Archbishop

The Giving of the Pastoral Staff

The Archbishop gives the newly ordained Bishop a pastoral staff

The Dismissal

Recessional Hymn

Psalm 150 – Minster Choir leaves

Organ Voluntary

The Procession leaves in the following order

The Archbishop with the newly-ordained Bishop

Provincial Officers


Other representative and assisting ministers

The Chapter of York

The Minster Choir