By MICHAEL DUGGAN
The enthronement of Dr Donald Coggan as 101st Archbishop of Canterbury, which is taking place in the mother church of the Anglican Communion today, is being attended by a congregation representing practically every Christian denomination. Dr Coggan is the ninth Archbishop of York to move from the northern See to Canterbury, but none has had so ecumenical a service.
Catholic cardinals and archbishops, Orthodox patriarchs, Methodists, Free Church leaders, Quakers, Salvationists — all will be present in Canterbury Cathedral to see the new Primate seated in the great stone Chair of St Augustine by the Archdeacon of Canterbury, the Ven Bernard Pawley.
The archbishop's procession will enter the west door of the cathedral at the start of the 90minute service, after walking from the nearby Old Palace into the cathedral precincts and under an awning stretched above the entrance,
As Dr Coggan moves from a seat in the choir to St Augustine's Chair 30 voices will sing the hymn "Christ is Made the Sure Foundation".
Members of the archbishop's family will look on from nearby seats as he is placed in the historic chair. His wife will be accompanied by their two daughters, the younger of whom, Dr Ruth Coggan, has flown from Bannu, Pakistan, where she is a missionary.
Dr Coggan's sermon is expected to sound a note of hope and faith in the ministry which lies ahead. It will be heard by a wide range of dignitaries in the congregation, including Prince Charles; PrincessMargaret and the Duchess of Kent; the Prime Minister, Mr Harold Wilson; the Opposition Leaders, Mr Edward Heath and Mr Jeremy Thorpe; the Foreign Secretary, Mr Callaghan, and Mr Jenkins the Home Secretary.
The presence of the Barons and Officers of the Cinque Ports in their historic robes will lend the occasion a splash of colour. All the diocesan bishops of the Church of England will be there, together with nearly 100 bishops suffragan and assistant bishops, all in full canonicals.
New copes have been made for the occasion for the canons of Canterbury, while the Archbishop of Canterbury will have his cope and mitre presented to him by the Dean and Chapter of York Minster.
The half-circular cope, made of damask, features ten coats of arms which represent the archbishop's curriculum vitae: the arms of schools, colleges and dioceses with which he has been connected.
A special train' will bring the principal dignitaries from London to Canterbury and carry them back after the service. Aboard the train will be Cardinal Willebrands, who heads the Secretariat for Christian Unity and represents the Pope; Cardinal Suenens of Malines-Brussels and Cardinal Marty from Paris.
Illness prevents Cardinal Heenan from attending, but he is represented by Archbishop Cowderoy of Southwark. Archbishop Bruno Heim, the Apostolic Delegate, will travel from Wimbledon.
The Lutheran Church is sending 12 representatives from Europe, including the Secretary of the World Council of Churches, Dr Philip Potter. Also in the congregation are 11 local MPs.
The newly-enthroned Archbishop of Canterbury will be welcomed to Westminster Abbey on Saturday at a special Festal Evensong to take place at 5 p.m. Dr Edward Carpenter, Dean of Westminster, will of, ficially welcome Dr Coggan.
Editorial — P4