Archbishop's Enthronement Robes

In April 1991, we were delighted to show the designs for
the Archbishop of Canterbury's Enthronement Robes.

The design was based on the Compass Rose which can be seen in the Nave of Canterbury Cathedral.

The design shows flames spreading out from the points of the Compass representing
the Holy Spirit at work in the world.

The hand couched Greek letters around the circle of gold kid are from St. John's Gospel
and translate as 'The truth will set you free'.

Arches of flames around the lower edge of the cope reflect the arches in the Cathedral and the symbolism of martyrdom.

The Enthronement days are usually held on a Martyr's day and this time it was on the feast of St. Alphege.  The design was well received worldwide and has become a most recognised piece.

 
 
 
     

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