What a difference a diety can make? Apotheosis Anyone?

On the day the office of the Archbishop Of Canterbury was conferred on Archbishop Welby, the former Bishop Durham – making him the de facto head of the Anglican Church worldwide – there is only one fitting term to use: Apotheosis.

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Though the actual enthronement will not take place until March 2013, the ceremony of “Confirmation of Election”  signals his apotheosis in a the most meaningful of ways. The service that will take place at at Canterbury Cathedral will install the Most Reverend Justin Welby as the 105th person to inhabit the role in a continuous line stretching back over a thousand years.

Perhaps the biggest change to the contemporary use of apotheosis within this context, is the fact the term would be utilised as a reference to him acceding to the most senior and preeminent post in the Church of England, than to any sense of it being to do with his stride toward divine status. Historically this would have certainly not been the case. And The Pope would still say his role (sinecure?) encompasses both the core definitions.

Apotheosis Source:

Late Latin apothesis, from Greek, from apotheoun, to deify : apo-, change; see apo- + theos, god.(The Free Dictionary)
Apotheosis Definition:
noun (plural apotheoses)
  • The highest point in the development of something; a culmination or climax  (Oxford Dictionary) / Elevation to a preeminent or transcendent position; glorification (Free Dictionary)
  • The elevation of someone to divine status (Oxford Dictionary)

Apotheosis Applications: 

  • His appearance as Hamlet was the apotheosis of his career
  • Death spared Pompey the task of having to account for the apotheosis of Caesar

“Apotheosis” in Quote Form:

  • “Many observers have tried to attribute Warhol’s current apotheosis to the subversive power of artistic vision” Michiko Kakutani.

Apotheosis – Cultural Reference:

  • The name of two art house movies (Apotheosis 1 & 2) made by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
  • The original Apotheosis, filmed in September 1969 from a helicopter didn’t fulfill the couples ambitions for the project. and so a re-make was planned for December.
  • As reported by Giles Brandreth on the BBC1 programme” The One show” on 4th February 2013 the filming of the remake began on Friday 5th December 1969 at Lavenham in Suffolk in the snow.
  • The BBC TV were filming the World of John & Yoko documentary simultaneously and this footage provides a detailed record of the event.
  • Village life in Lavenham ground to a halt as an orange hot air balloon was inflated and launched from the Market square.
  • The couple made an unusual sight: hunched together and peeking out from under long black capes as they waited the 2 hours for the balloon to fully inflate.
  • On board the balloon was their ever reliable film cameraman Nick Knowland. The BBC stayed on Terra Firma.
  •  The single-reel movie ends at the point when the camera ran out of film. Giving it a natural end – unlike the one John Lennon himself was to endure in New York.