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Ticket information announced for Installation of Bishop Michael Curry as Presiding Bishop

Ticket information announced for Installation of Bishop Michael Curry as Presiding Bishop

In a release from The Episcopal church:

Installation of the 27th Presiding Bishop
Ticket information available for two events:
October 31 UBE Vigil Celebration at D.C. Armory
November 1 Installation service at Washington National Cathedral
Both events live webcast

[September 9, 2015] Two events will highlight the Installation of the next Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, Bishop Michael Bruce Curry.

The Rt. Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, was elected and confirmed to be the next Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church at the 78th General Convention on June 27. According to the Canons of The Episcopal Church, he becomes Presiding Bishop and Primate on November 1. Bishop Curry is the first African-American to be elected Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church.  Bishop Curry will be the 27th Presiding Bishop.

Saturday, October 31
All are invited to join a Vigil Celebration and Eucharist, sponsored by the Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE) in honor of the 27th Presiding Bishop on Saturday, October 31 at 11 am Eastern at the Armory, 2001 E. Capital St. SE in Washington, DC.
The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society will sponsor a live webcast of the Vigil Celebration at
Additional information is available here. Ticket applications for the October 31 event are available here.

Sunday, November 1
The Holy Eucharist with the Installation of the 27th Presiding Bishop will occur on Sunday, November 1 at noon Eastern at Washington National Cathedral.
The Holy Eucharist with the Installation of the 27th Presiding Bishop will be live webcast available here.
Applications for tickets for available seating for the November 1 event at Washington National Cathedral will be distributed by lottery.

“This selection process was adopted as the fairest way to distribute tickets to the general public,” noted the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, chair of the Transition Committee. “Demand for tickets far exceeds the capacity of Washington National Cathedral.”

Please note:

  • Only one ticket per person, and each person must fill out a form here.
  • There is no charge for a ticket.
  • Applications will be accepted until 5 pm Eastern on Monday, September 21.
  • Selections will be conducted by random drawing.
  • Those allocated tickets will be notified on September 22, with further information.

Hashtag #MichaelCurry


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Paul Woodrum

As the national offices are in New York City, there is also a seat for the Presiding Bishop in the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, a considerably larger venue than the National Cathedral. However, the NY cathedral would probably strike many as more parochial than Sts Peter and Paul in DC and the PB elect, bless him, does want to emphasize the Great Commission.

Jay Croft

Naw, the National Cathedral is the right place for this. It’s this lottery system that has “unintended consequences” beloved by politicians.

I attended the consecration of a bishop that was held in a basketball court at a local college, because the diocesan cathedral (formerly a downtown parish church) wasn’t big enough.

It just felt weird, especially with spectator stands, basketball backboards and nets adorning the venue.

Cat Munz

Well, I know the National Cathedral is beautiful, and an important, traditional, place of worship. But, how about a venue change to a larger place?

Ann Fontaine

Because the Presiding Bishop is being “seated” in the Cathedral (installed) – so it can’t be anyplace else. If he were being consecrated or ordained – it could be anywhere. But since he is already a bishop he is just coming to the traditional church of the PB.

David Allen

If I remember correctly, they were two different services for +Katharine. She was installed as PB on Saturday in the National Cathedral and then she was seated in her chair in the choir of the cathedral the next day, Sunday, during the regular morning eucharist.

John Chilton

Can’t be? Is that written down somewhere? Doesn’t seem like a compelling answer to me. If true it’s an example of unjustifiable rigidity that hurts our reputation.

Paul Woodrum

John, sounds like this Investiture should be held in Los Vegas.

Jay Croft

Maybe Las Vegas, but would you trust the ushers with the offering?

John Chilton

I was being serious and sarcastic.

But many find mutually beneficial exchange repugnant when it involves paying to see a consecration.

So here’s another idea. How about someone organize a second lottery open to those who won the first time. If one ticket is worthless to you, but two isn’t you’d put your ticket in the hat. Half the tickets would be drawn from the hat. If one of those tickets is yours you get one of the tickets left in the hat. Your odds of getting two are 50:50. More generally, you could put your ticket in the hat and stipulate the number of tickets you want. If you wanted three tickets you could enter another second round lottery where you submit your ticket and 1/3 of the winners of 3 tickets and two thirds lose their ticket. Remember the first round lottery is limited to one entry per family member. Large families have better chances of getting into these second round lotteries.

Some form of post-lottery trade is better than the lottery alone.

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