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First female bishop makes history in York

There was a moment of history on Yorkshire soil today as the Church of England's first female bishop was consecrated.

However, the ceremony at York Minster was disrupted by a lone protestor opposed to the high-profile roles women are now occupying in the once all-male dominated Anglican church.

The protest highlighted continuing divisions within the church. But its leaders said tonight that more women will follow in the footsteps of the Reverend Libby Lane who today became the Bishop of Stockport.

David Hirst reports:

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Bishop Lane is a 'working mum who will bring normality to Church'

The appointment of the first female Bishop is an historic event, but her husband says it is her experience of everyday, normal family life that she will bring to her new job.

48 year old Reverend Libby Lane is a mother of two and has spent the last 20 years juggling often unpaid parish work with raising her children Connie and Benedict.

The Rev Libby Lane hugs her daughter Connie during the service at York Minster Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

She met her husband Rev George Lane while studying theology at Oxford University, and they were ordained together in 1994 - four months after the first group of women became priests.

Her husband who is currently co-coordinating chaplain at Manchester Airport thinks their story 'represents the future of the Church of England'.

Rev George Lane, Dr John Sentamu and The Rev Libby Lane after the service at York Minster Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Both of us doing the cooking, both of us doing washing, both of us writing sermons and both of us dealing with some very serious and important things in people's lives.

That is what normality is to us.

It is a very modern tale of two people who have given and taken over 25 years of married life.

– Rev George Lane

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First female bishop 'overwhelmed' and 'thrilled'

The first female Church of England bishop, Libby Lane has described her consecration service as an 'occasion of prayer and of party' and said she is 'thrilled that so many want to share in both.'

Nearly 2000 people attended the service at York Minster today which was conducted by the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu.

Bishop Lane with Dr John Sentamu after the service Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

I cannot properly express how encouraged I have been in the weeks since the announcement of my nomination, by the thousands of messages I have received with words of congratulation, support and wisdom.

I've heard from people of all ages, women and men, people I have known for years and people I have never met, people from down the road and people from across the world.

I cannot possibly live up to everyone's expectation. And so today, at my consecration, I hold on to words of promise from the Bible, a reassurance that all this does not depend on me.

– Bishop Lane

Prime Minister David Cameron hailed the 'historic appointment' as an ''important day for equality'' and the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, said he was 'absolutely delighted'.

Photocall: Archbishop of York with the Church of England's first female bishop

The Church of England's first female bishop - Libby Lane - has been consecrated at a ceremony in York.

Dr John Sentamu with the Church of England's first female bishop Libby Lane Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A protester interrupted the service shouting: "No. Not in the bible" when the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu asked the congregation if it was their will that Rev Lane was ordained.

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First woman bishop Libby Lane gives a thumbs up

Rev Libby Lane gives a thumbs up. Credit: PA

Rev Libby Lane gave a thumbs up today as she was ordained the Church of England's first woman bishop.

Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu ordains Rev Lane. Credit: PA

The service at York Minster was slightly interrupted by a male protester who shouted: "No, it's not in the bible".

But Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu ignored him and things continued without incident.

Members of the clergy gather round Rev Lane as she is ordained. Credit: Pool

The historic service comes months after legislation was changed allowing women bishops.

A rapturous applause came from the congregation of around 2,000 as Rev Lane was officially presented as the Bishop of Stockport.

Rev Lane gets a hug after she is ordained. Credit: PA

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Church of England's first woman bishop being consecrated

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The Church of England's first female bishop is being consecrated in a ceremony this morning.

Reverend Libby Lane was named as the Bishop of Stockport in December.

Libby Lane, 48, is being ordained as the new Bishop of Stockport in a service, conducted by the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu, at York Minister.

Members of the clergy process into York Minster, York, ahead of the consecration of the Rev Libby Lane Credit: PA

It comes months after the General Synod formally adopted legislation allowing women bishops.

Speaking at the time her appointment was announced, the mother-of-two hailed the moment as "significant", adding: "I'm the first, but I won't be the only."

Members of the clergy run to catch up with the procession into York Minster, York, ahead of the consecration of the Rev Libby Lane as the eighth Bishop of Stockport. Credit: PA
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Man 'stages protest' at first female bishop consecration

A man has staged a protest in York Minster during the consecration of the Church of England's first woman bishop, Libby Lane.

The protester interrupted the service shouting: "No. Not in the bible" when the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu asked the congregation if it was their will that Rev Lane was ordained.

The brief protest happened around an hour into the consecration as the congregation of nearly 2,000 people replied "It is", the lone man stepped forward to the altar.

Dr Sentamu followed legal procedures and read out a pre-prepared statement before repeating his original question.

The service continued and Rev Lane was officially ordained as Bishop about 20 minutes later.

Women to play many 'key roles' in historic ceremony

Many of the key roles at today's historic ceremony are being played by women.

The Reverend Libby Lane, 48, will be ordained as the new Bishop of Stockport in a service, conducted by the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu, at York Minister. Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Libby Lane's bishop's ring is made from Blue John Stone, a gem found only in Derbyshire- her home county.

York Minister: Full house for historic occasion

History is being made at York Minster today for the consecration of the Church of England's first female bishop.

York Minster gears up for momentous occasion Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Archbishop of York, the Most Reverend John Sentamu will ordain the Rev. Libby Lane as the Bishop of Stockport.

It comes two decades after the ordination of the first women priests.

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