York Minster

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York Minster is located on one of the most significant sites for Christianity in Europe. The Roman Emperor, Constantine (272-337 AD), was proclaimed Emperor while visiting the city in 306 AD, known then as Eboracum.

York Minster is the cathedral for the Archbishop of York, and is the principal church in the northern province of the Church of England, hosting the consecration of Bishops in the Northern Province.

As well as providing a home for services of regional and national importance, York Minster maintains a round of daily prayer and a ministry of welcome to its many visitors.


The Archbishop at York Minster

The Archbishop usually attends and takes part in services at York Minster on the following occasions: 

  • Maundy Thursday
  • Easter Day
  • Ordinations – both priests and deacons
  • Licensing of readers 
  • Christ the King – Confirmation
  • Nine Lessons and Carols
  • Christmas Day
  • Consecrations of bishops from the Northern Province

Vigils at York Minster

The Archbishop of York has maintained vigils within York Minster on a number of occasions. In 2006 he set up a tent in the Minster for a week long prayer vigil for the situation in the Middle East, praying on the hour, every hour, encouraging others from around the country to join him in heart and mind.

He has also undertaken a prayer vigil for Zimbabwe, and a week-long fast and vigil of ‘Hope and Trust for the Peace of the World’ with Bishop Mouneer Anis, Diocesan Bishop of the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa, and the Primate of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East.

Archbishop looking to altar whilst on vigil in York Minster

We all need a faith that is ready for adventure, patient and forever looking beyond this world as we work for the well-being & good of all

Archbishop John Sentamu and Bishop Mouneer Anis, 2014