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Canon: OF CONSECRATION OF BISHOPS, AND COLLATION AND ENTHRONEMENT OF DIOCESAN BISHOPS

Chapter:  C8 MINISTERS OF THE CHURCH


Part: C

Consecration, and of Metropolitan
1 The Bishops shall proceed at the earliest convenient season from the date of the Confirmation to consecrate (unless he be already consecrated) the person elected and confirmed according to the foregoing provisions. The Metropolitan and two other Bishops of the Province, or, if the Metropolitan be unable to act, three Bishops of the Province under a commission of the Metropolitan, shall be required for a Consecration: Provided that, with the concurrence of the Metropolitan, the Consecration of a Bishop for this Province may take place in England or elsewhere by, or under commission of, the Archbishop of Canterbury or any other Metropolitan in communion with this Church. In case of the Metropolitan, the Synod deems it expedient, for the purpose of exhibiting the connexion of this Province with the Church of England, that, with the concurrence always of the Bishops of this Province, or a majority of them, the Metropolitan should ordinarily be consecrated by, or under commission of, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Metropolitan, or other Bishop appointed, shall in all cases perform what is in the English Ordinal directed to be done by the Archbishop.

Collation
2 The Metropolitan shall collate the person elected and confirmed (other than a Bishop Suffragan) according to the aforegoing provisions immediately after and on the same day as he is consecrated, or, if he is consecrated outside the Province, within seven days thereafter. If the person elected and confirmed (other than a Bishop Suffragan) be already consecrated, the deed of collation shall be issued as soon as circumstances permit after the issue of the Sentence of Confirmation. He shall forward the original Deed of Collation to the Bishop-Elect.

Declaration of Obedience
3 The Bishop-Elect shall before his Consecration (or, if he be already consecrated, before his collation) subscribe a declaration pledging himself to acknowledge the Constitution of this Church, to give due obedience to the decisions of its Synods and

(a) in the case of a Diocesan Bishop to govern his Diocese in conformity with the Constitution, Laws, and Canons of this Church, or

(b) in the case of a Bishop Suffragan, to minister in his Diocese in conformity with the Constitution, Laws, and Canons of this Church and of his Commission issued in terms of section 9 of Canon 10 Of Bishops Suffragan

Custody of records
4 After Consecration of any Bishop of this Province, whether he has been consecrated in South Africa or elsewhere, it shall be necessary that the Certificate of Election and all the Records connected with such Consecration be deposited in the Archives of the Province; and it shall be the duty of the Registrar of the Province, or his Deputy, to require the production of all such papers before the Enthronement, to which the Record of Enthronement shall be added.

Enthronement

5 The Diocesan Bishops shall be enthroned in such manner as Provincial Synod may prescribe



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