The Catholic Bishop of Middlesbrough welcomed the newly elected 98th Anglican Archbishop of York to pray alongside him in the shrine of St Margaret Clitherow in the city.
The meeting came immediately after Archbishop Stephen Cottrell’s Confirmation of Election service which was broadcast entirely via video conference due to the Covid-19 restrictions.
“It was a simple and lovely occasion to be able to spend a few prayerful moments in what must have been for him a very hectic day,” said Bishop Terry Drainey.
Sometimes known as the ‘pearl of York’, St Margaret Clitherow’s shrine is on The Shambles and is administered by the Oratarian Congregation at St Wilfred’s Church. A relic said to be her hand is also housed in the Bar Convent.
After a few moments of prayer, Archbishop Cottrell then proceeded to the crypt of York Minster where he prayed at the tomb of St William of York.
Archbishop Cottrell then moved to the Quire of York Minster and took up his crozier in front of a small, socially distanced gathering.
See a short video, including Archbishop’s Cottrell’s meeting with Bishop Drainey:
Picture: The Catholic Bishop of Middlesbrough, Terry Drainey, and the Anglican Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell. (Duncan Lomax/Ravage Productions).