Published Sunday, 21 April 2013
The ordination of the 53-year-old as Coadjutor Archbishop took place at Saint Patrick's Cathedral on Sunday afternoon.
Hundreds of people gathered for the ceremony, including priests from across Ireland.
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Secretary of State Theresa Villiers were among 800 invited guests.
Speaking at the mass, Eamon Martin made a call for renewal in the church and said he wants to reach out to those who have lost faith.
"Of course there are some who will not want to listen," he said.
"There are others too who have been so hurt and betrayed in the past, that understandably they find themselves unable to trust our message.
The singing of the new song is not simply a task for bishops, priests and religious. It belongs to all God's people. We are all called to holiness and to mission.
"That is why we must continue, as Pope Benedict XVI exhorted us in his letter, 'to reflect on the wounds inflicted on Christ's body', and persevere in our efforts to bind those wounds and heal them."
The last episcopal ordination of a Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh took place in February 1995 when Cardinal Brady was appointed.
It is understood he will not officially retire until 2015 at the earliest, at which point Monsignor Martin will succeed him.
Cardinal Brady welcomed his new assistant.
"Today, with great joy, the diocese of Armagh gathers with you, Monsignor Eamon, in the words of your chosen motto, to 'Sing a new song to the Lord'," he said.
"We come to offer you our support, friendship, and prayers as you answer the call to come, among us and for us, as our Bishop."
Eamon Martin served as curate at St Eugene's cathedral in Derry and was principal of St Columb's College in the city for eight years.
He was born in Pennyburn, Derry, in 1961.
Archbishop Martin said he felt excitement, but also nervousness, to be taking his new role.
But he added: "Pope Francis has spoken recently about the need to 'go out of ourselves', beyond our usual comfort zones to the 'edges of our existence'.
"It is there, he says, that we meet the poor, the forgotten, the disillusioned."
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