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The rite in which a new archbishop, bishop, or sovereign is led ceremonially to the appropriate throne and seated on it, thus being given possession of it; in the case of the sovereign the ceremony forms part of the Coronation rite. Bishops seem originally to have been enthroned by the consecrating bishop immediately after consecration. In the late 12th cent., when bishops were commonly consecrated outside their cathedrals, enthronization became a separate rite, and in the 13th cent. it came to be understood as the formal assumption of the see. At the same time metropolitans began to assign the task of enthroning bishops to their archdeacons.

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