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The installation of Dr. Suter into the See of Nelson, took place in Christ Church on the 9th of October. Tho ceremony was appointed for half-pa6t three o'clock, by which time the church was thoroughly filled. The ceremony adopted was as follows : — 1. Lay Members of the Synod. 2. Members of tho Vestry of Christ Church. 3. Churchwardens. 4i. Donald Sinclair, Esq., J.P., Registrar of the Diocese. 5. Clergy. 6. Bishop's Commissary: Rev. Gr. H. Johnstone, M.A. 7. Bishop's Chaplains: Rev. C. O. Mules, M.A., and tho Rev. W. H. Ewald, M.A. 8. Bishop. During this time the Hymn 305, " Yeni Creator" was sung by the Bishop and congregation alternately. On reaching the Communion Table tho Bishop knelt at the rails, the Bishop's Commissary and Chaplains standing on tho steps on each side of the Bishop, tho following suffrages were read, the people responding:— " Commissary : Q Lord, save thy servant, Andrew Burn, Bishop of Nelson. "Ans. And send him health from Thy Holy Place. " Com. O Lord, hear our prayer. " Ans. And let our cry come unto Thee. " Com. The Lord be with thee. " Ans. And with thy Spirit. " Com. Let us pray. " O Lord, Almighty G-od, we beseech Thee to grant to Thy servant, Andrew Burn, Bishop of this Diocese, that by preaching and doing those things which be Godly, he may both instruct the minds of the Clergy and people of this Church and Dioceso with true faith and example of good life and good works, and finally receive of the most Merciful Pastor tho reward of eternal life ; who livclh with Thee and Thy Holy Ghost, world without end, Amen." The Commissary then placed the Bishop in tl.o Episcopal chair, and having caused him to sit down, he inducted and installed him in the following terms : — " Whereas, in accordance with the provisions in the Letters Patent creating the See of Nelson, in tho Colony of New Zealand, the Right Reverend Edmund Hobhouse, Doctor of Divinity, by instrument under liis hand and seal delivered to tho Most Reverend Father in God, Charles Thomas, Archbishop of Canterbury, did resign the office of Bishop of Nelson, on the 11th day of October, 1865, and which instrument was duly registered in the Office of Faculties at Lambeth, by command of the said Archbishop, on the 31st day of December, 1865 : And whereas, in a Constitution, agreed upon by the tuembers of the United Church of England and Ireland, in tho Colony of New Zealand, in a Conference hold at; Auckland, on the 13th day of June, 1857, and revised at Chrislchurch, in the year of our Lord 1865, at a session of the General Synod, provision is made by section 23 for the nomination of Bishops : And whereas, in accordance with that provision, the Clergy and Laity, in both orders, members of the Synod of tho Diocese of Nelson, did proceed to the nomination of a Bishop to supply the vacancy caused by the resignation of the said Right Reverend Edmund Hobhouse, and did resolve to delegate the power of nomination to the Right Reverend Father in God Archibald Campbell, Bishop of London : And whereas, the said Archibald Campbell, in pursuance of such delegation, did nominate the Reverend Andrew Burn Suter, at that time Incumbent of All Saints, Milo End Now Town, for the acceptance of the Synod of Nchon, for the vacant Bishopric : And whereas, such nomination was accepted by the Synod of Nelson, and afterwards confirmed by tho General Synod of the United Church of England and Ireland in New Zealand, convened at Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand, in 1865, by whom the appointment was also submitted to the Most Reverend Father in G-od, Charles Thomas, Archbishop of Canterbury, for his sanction, subject to tho Bishop so nominated previously signifying to the said Archbishop his assent to the Constitution of the Church of England and Ireland in New Zealand : And whereas, upon the foregoing premises, the said Most Reverend Father in God, Charles Thomas, did receive from her Most Gracious Majesty, her Majesty's license, by warrant under her Royal Sign Manual, to proceed to the consecration of the said Reverend Andrew Burn Surer, he having first taken the oaths of allegiance and supremacy, and due obedience to the said Archbishop of Canterbury and his successors : " Therefore, by the authority committed to me in virtue of a Commission received from the said Right Reverend Edmund Hobhouse, formerly Bishop of Nelson, to be in force until the arrival of his successor, and in the absence from the said Colony of the Right Reverend George Augustus Selwyn, Lord Bishop of New Zealand, principal Commissary of the said Right Reverend Edmund Hobhouso ; I, George Henry Johnstone, M.A., Licensed Curate of Christ Church Nelson, do by the authority to me coinmited, in compliance with tho custom established, in the prcsenco of tho Clergy and persona here asBembleu, induct and install you, tho Right Reverend Father in God, Androw Burn, by Divine permission Lord Bishop of Nelson, into the Episcopal See and Diocese of Nelson, you having first taken the oath of Canonical obedience to the said Lord Bishop of New Zealand, the Metropolitan of New Zealand, and his successors. " The Lord preserve thy going out and coming in from this time forth and for evermore, and mayest thou remain in justice and sanctity, and adorn the place to you delegated by God. God is powerful, and may He increase your grace." The Bishop and his Chaplain were met at the west door of the church by the Bishop's Commissary, the Rev. G-. H. Johnstone, the rest of the Clergy, the Churchwardens, Members of the Standing Committee of the Synod of Nelson, and other officers of the church, and proceeded up the church in tho following order : — The usual Evening Service then followed, the Proper Psalms being xlv. and xlviii. ; tho Proper Lessons were Isaiah xl., 1-11, 28-31, read by the Rev. C. L. Maclean, and Acts xx. 17-35, read by the Rev. Francis Tripp. A sermon was then preached by tho Bishop, who took his text from let Timothy, iii. 1, "This 19 a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work," and, in an eloquent discourse, adverted to the qualifications which were looked for in one holding the episcopal office, the many responsibilities which devolved upon him, and the objects which he himself proposed to carry out in the diocese, and concluded by expressing his obligalions to Jill those who had hitherto taken part in the ministrations of the Church, thereby keeping alive tho faith. After the sermon a collection was made for the Diocesan Society, and a hymu having been sung, the Bishop pronounced the Bene.-. diction, and the service concluded.

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INSTALLATION OF BISHOP SUTER., Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XXVI, Issue 133, 5 November 1867

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INSTALLATION OF BISHOP SUTER. Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XXVI, Issue 133, 5 November 1867