On November 1--All Saints' Day 2015--the Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, Bishop of North Carolina, was instituted as the first African American Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America  (ECUSA) and a Primate in the world-wide Anglican Communion.  The ceremony took place in a solemn Eucharistic celebration at National Cathedral at noon.

Photo courtesy of NBC News

Photo courtesy of NBC News

Bishop Curry knocks on the west doors of National Cathedral with his crozier (staff), asking to be admitted for his consecration as Presiding Bishop.

Bishop Curry knocks on the west doors of National Cathedral with his crozier (staff), asking to be admitted for his consecration as Presiding Bishop.

Procession of the 155 bishops of the Episcopal Church at the beginning of the Consecration Eucharist at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul--the National Cathedral--in Washington, D.C.

Procession of the 155 bishops of the Episcopal Church at the beginning of the Consecration Eucharist at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul--the National Cathedral--in Washington, D.C.

Newly consecrated Presiding Bishop and Anglican Primate, the Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, gives the episcopal blessing at the conclusion of the Institution Eucharist at National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

Newly consecrated Presiding Bishop and Anglican Primate, the Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, gives the episcopal blessing at the conclusion of the Institution Eucharist at National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.