Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church

Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church

The Primus, styled The Most Revd the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, is the presiding bishop of the Scottish Episcopal Church. The current Primus is the Most Revd Idris Jones who became Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church on 16 May 2006. He was elected by the drawing of lots, the result of the election process having been tied.

Roles of the Primus

The Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church has the following tasks:
* to preside at all Provincial Liturgical Functions
* to preside at all meetings of the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church
* to preside at all meetings of the Episcopal Synod
* to declare and carry out the resolutions of the General Synod, the Episcopal Synod and the College of Bishops
* to represent the Scottish Episcopal Church in its relation to all other Churches of the Anglican Communion and other Communions
* to perform the functions and duties of Primus as specified in the Canons of the Scottish Episcopal Church
* to correspond on behalf of the Scottish Episcopal Church with Primates, Metropolitans and the Secretary General of the Anglican Consultative Council.

History of the Primus

The Primus does not have any metropolitan jurisdiction. Metropolitan responsibilities are held by the diocesan bishops. The last head of the Scottish Episcopal Church who was Primate and Metropolitan was Archbishop Ross (of St Andrews) up to his death in 1704. ["A Short History of the Episcopal Church in Scotland" by Frederick Goldie (revised edition — 1975) ISBN 0-7152-0315-0]

Bishops elected as Primus

Holders of the role since the creation of the post in the 18th century. ["Scottish Episcopal Clergy 1689 – 2000" by David M Bertie ISBN 0-567-08746-8]


See also

* Religion in the United Kingdom

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