Diocese welcomes Archbishop Justin at special Cathedral service

On Saturday 23 March (11am), around 2,000 people from across Kent are expected to attend a special service in Canterbury Cathedral to welcome the new Archbishop of Canterbury to the Diocese.

The service, called ‘Our Journey into Holy Week’, will be the first service the Most Revd Justin Welby will attend following his enthronement service on Thursday 21 March.

During the service the new Archbishop will be interviewed about his experience of the Enthronement service by the Bishop of Dover, the Right Revd Trevor Willmott. Broadcast live on BBC2, the Enthronement service will be attended by members of the Royal Family, the Prime Minister and Party leaders plus Archbishops and Ecumenical leaders from across the worldwide Anglican Communion.

The Diocesan service on Saturday will be a more informal event and will include singing by the Canterbury Christ Church University Gospel Choir, readings and prayers. Held on the eve of Holy Week, the service will also include reflections to help people as they prepare for Easter. Reflections will be offered by the Dean of Canterbury, the Very Revd Robert Willis, Bishop Trevor Willmott, the Diocesan Adviser for Women’s Ministry the Revd Sheila Cox and a representative from the Kent Charity Network, Ms Jane Roberts.

Children from the choir of Bredgar Church of England Primary School will also be explaining what Easter means to them, before singing the first verse of a hymn they chose for the occasion – ‘Servant King’ by Graham Kendrick. Pupils from Bredgar Primary are seasoned public performers following their experience of singing ‘Silent Night’ on a Radio two programme with Cliff Richard, which was broadcast on Christmas Day.

The service will end with reflections from Archbishop Justin on his journey into Holy Week before he offers a blessing to the congregation and Diocese.


Press who wish to attend must contact Emily Shepherd in advance (details below):

For further information: Emily Shepherd, Director of Communications, Canterbury Diocese –

07876 210 446 or eshepherd@diocant.org


The service is open to everyone in the Diocese. No tickets are being issued for the service, so seating is on a first come first seated basis. The service will be followed by refreshments for all those who can stay.