There are certain roles that are just intriguing both for the history behind them and for the challenges they face. The Archbishop of Canterbury is one of those. And there is a new one. This article has a little of his story and background. And I have to say that I feel a little kinship – from the boarding school background to the living off of savings right through the “you have no future” comments. Although, Bishop Welby sounds like a much better man than I am. He will have to be, reference the challenges the ABC faces. Here is a small prayer from someone across the pond that he might live up to the some of the great predecessors in that office.
From Thomas Cranmer, the translation of the collect for purity before the reception of the sacrament. Almighty God, unto Whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from Whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of Thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love Thee, and worthily magnify Thy holy Name: through Christ our Lord. Amen
Seems a worthy prayer on entrance to such an office.