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Church in Wales to consecrate its youngest-ever bishop in historic ceremony

by Lydia Davies

The Church in Wales is set to mark a significant moment in its history with the consecration of its youngest bishop to date.

David Morris, who will celebrate his 38th birthday at the beginning of May, is scheduled for consecration at a special ceremony at Bangor Cathedral on 11th May.

Following his appointment in January as Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Bangor, Rev Morris will also assume the title of Bishop of Bardsey, heralding a new era of leadership within the church.

The service will be led by the Archbishop of Wales, alongside other diocesan bishops from across Wales, and will be witnessed by over 200 guests from various churches and civic institutions. Additionally, bishops from other Anglican churches across the UK are expected to participate.

The ceremony will feature the anointing of Morris with holy oil and the presentation of traditional symbols of bishopric office, including an episcopal ring, a pectoral cross, a mitre, a Bible, and a pastoral staff (crozier). These symbols, gifts from his family and colleagues, signify the responsibilities and spiritual authority being entrusted to Rev Morris.

The Archbishop of Wales, Most Rev Andrew John expressed his enthusiasm about working with Morris: “David will provide inspirational leadership and deep pastoral care...These are exciting times for the Church and I know David will play a hugely important role."

The bishop-elect shared his anticipation for his consecration: “The point of consecration will be a profound moment...I'm looking forward to the occasion with great joy and with a deep sense of gratitude for God's call in my life.”

The service is scheduled for 2pm and will be accessible globally via live stream on the Cathedral’s YouTube channel.

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