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At the enthronement of Justin Welby as Archbishop of Canterbury on 21 March 2013, the following exchange took place as part of the ceremony. Evangeline Kanagasooriam is a layperson from the diocese, and a pupil at a school with a very long association with the cathedral. (The text is from the order of service, p14, and it can be enjoyed on video as well.)

When the Archbishop arrives at the West Door he strikes it three times with his pastoral staff. The doors are opened and a fanfare is sounded.

Evangeline Kanagasooriam: We greet you in the name of Christ. Who are you and why do you request entry?

The Archbishop: I am Justin, a servant of Jesus Christ, and I come as one seeking the grace of God, to travel with you in his service together.

Evangeline: Why have you been sent to us?

The Archbishop: I am sent as Archbishop to serve you, to proclaim the love of Christ and with you to worship and love him with heart and soul, mind and strength.

Evangeline: How do you come among us and with what confidence?

The Archbishop: I come knowing nothing except Jesus Christ and him crucified, and in weakness and fear and in much trembling.

Evangeline: Let us then humble ourselves before God and together seek his mercy and strength.

I believe that this is new for the occasion. The order of service for Rowan Williams in 2003 does not contain it, but it does have the triple knocking followed by a welcome by the Dean (which also occurred slightly later in the Welby ceremony).

Is there a precedent for this question-and-answer text in Anglican or earlier practice? (I don't mean just the scriptural allusions, but the use of a question-and-answer format when welcoming a new bishop.) What is the rationale for having the interview with a member of the laity?

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This text seems to have followed Justin Welby from the Diocese of Durham: – MετάEd Oct 9 '13 at 22:37
It is similar to the questioning of the bishop after he has questioned his clergy during the Renewal of Ministerial Commitment at the Chrism Mass on Maundy Thursday. – Andrew Leach Oct 10 '13 at 6:22

It's a yes. The answer is in that should a person ever question a disciple in any way, the Bishop or whoever priestly would, by his honor in serving Christianity, be glad and willing. For the opportunity Godsped, and in it the foregoing of the opposite. And what that would suffer the Church.

I imagine they don't want to look like their predecessors, all high and mighty. The ones that pissed off Jesus, and gave the church a bad taste in the mouth. A man within and without, or not. You're view!

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This really begs for some citation of sources. This is asking for an origin and you've presented a possibility, but this answer is far from authoritative on the subject. I would love to see you improve it though! – wax eagle Oct 27 '14 at 15:56

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