The Crown Nominations Commission started its final meeting to choose the next Archbishop of Canterbury earlier today.
The Church of England has published a Prayer for the Crown Nominations Commission.
There is much in the press today about the meeting, not all of it serious.
Church of England Newspaper The candidates for Canterbury
Lizzy Davies in The Guardian Group choosing new archbishop of Canterbury meets at secret location
Ben Quinn in the Christian Science Monitor As Anglican Church picks new leader, gay marriage weighs heavily
Adrian Hilton in the Mail Online The 105th Archbishop of Canterbury is about to be revealed
Channel 4 News Who will be the new archbishop of Canterbury?
The BBC has several stories.
New Archbishop of Canterbury to be chosen
Mick Robson and Megan Lane Archbishop of Canterbury: Runners and riders
Alex Strangwayes-Booth Dr Rowan Williams: Poll finds 53% consider him ‘good leader’
Bishop ‘prays not to be Archbishop of Canterbury’
Nelson Jones in the New Statesman The secret search for the next Archbishop of Canterbury
The Daily Mash Bishops fighting to the death
Finally the Plumstead Letters blog has Elect to Leave [very rude but very funny].
It’s not clear from the reports whether the meeting will finish on Thursday or Friday, but in any case do not expect an immediate announcement. After the meeting the chair (Lord Luce) has to write to the Prime Minister with two nominations for archbishop (the first choice and a reserve). The Prime Minister will send the first name to the Queen. This person also has to be asked if he will accept nomination and given time to reply. Before any public announcement the person chosen has to have a criminal record check and a medical. Finally a convenient day for the announcement had to be found. Typically for diocesan bishops this takes two months, although in one case last year it was only a month.