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Title: Consecration and Enthronement of Bishop Martin
Posted by: Young Bachuil
Date: 17 August 2004

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As is the custom of the Scottish Episcopalian Church, the Right Reverend Martin Shaw, (formerly Succentor of the Cathedral and Chaplain of the Cathedral School) was elected Bishop by the Electoral College of the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles. The Diocese stretches from the Mull of Kintyre in the south to just north of Stornoway in the north, to Fort William and Glencoe in the north east, and also includes Iona. The Electoral College consists of all the clergy in the diocese, together with one member of the laity from each parish. Each of the candidates on the short list had made a presentation to the College of his plans if he were to be elected.

Ashley Manhire and David Grumett joined Dean Emeritus Richard Eyre and Anne in attending the Consecration and Enthronement of Bishop Martin on 8th June, the Eve of St Columba's Day. Oban Cathedral was filled with 300 people including each of the Bishops of the Episcopalian Church, Martin's friends and family, and representatives of his previous places of ministry and the one now receiving him. The Sovereign was represented by Mr Kenneth McKinnon, Lord Lieutenant for Argyll and Bute. In the procession, Baron Alastair Livingstone, Chief of the Clan MacLea, bore the Bacchuill Mor of St Moluag of Lismore. This ancient pastoral staff of blackthorn in gilded copper dates from 562 and is in the possession of the Livingstones as Coarbs of the Irish saint, a monk. It reminded us of the convenient Celtic practice of placing bishops under monastic authority.

The President was the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church and Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney, the Most Reverend Bruce Cameron, and the Preacher was the Right Reverend Richard Lewis, Bishop of St Edmondsbury and Ipswich. The Consecration itself was carried out by the six other Scottish Bishops. Richard Holloway also participated. During the service, Martin and Elspeth's daughter, Madeleine, sang pieces from Mozart's Vespers and Bach's Magnificat. The service was followed by a buffet lunch. Guests from England not needing to return immediately were able to continue to Iona, or less ambitiously, to the local distillery.

Since 1876, the Bishop has had two Cathedrals. Martin's installation in the Cathedral of the Isles at Millport on Great Cumbrae, Europe's smallest Cathedral, is still to take place.


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