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date: 09 December 2019

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This article discusses consecration sermons, which were an integral part of the “solemnity” in Episcopal consecrations. Since the wording of the service was not greatly different from that for the ordination of priests, the preacher was often behoved to extol the office and labours of a bishop. Consecration sermons reflected the changing concerns of the clergy. Those delivered in the Revolution’s aftermath, for instance, reveal the fears of a “Church in Danger.” Under the Hanoverians, they traced the development of an increasingly assured, though not untroubled, body. They delineated the Church’s theological self-identity and charted the changes in thinking about enemies and rivals. The preachers also outlined clerical perceptions of the Church’s place in the body politic and in society. Some revealed new bishops’ planned responses to clerical anxieties.

Keywords: consecration sermons, Episcopal consecrations, consecration preachers, bishops

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