A service has been held at Blackburn Cathedral to celebrate the long-serving Bishop of Lancaster Rt Rev Geoff Pearson (pictured above, right) ahead of his retirement.
Friends, family and well-wishers attended the occasion on Saturday for the Anglican leader, who has spent more than four decades in ministry.
Speaking to Premier before the service, Bishop Geoff said: "It's a chance in the cathedral - with family and friend - for my personally to say thank you to God for the ordained ministry he had allowed me to share in for the last 43 years."
Bishop Geoff has worked alongside fellow suffragan bishop, the Rt Rev Philip North Bishop of Burnley under the leadership of Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev Julian Henderson.
Bishop Geoff reflected: "I've left a wonderful team here under Bishop Julian... in a way I'm sorry not to continue to be a part of what they're doing but I'm excited to be seeing how they're working."
"My motto life verse has been 'proclaim every day to good news that God has saved us' and I have tried to work that our in my ministry."
Meanwhile, Bishop Julian revealed he had been given permission by the Dioceses' Commission to appoint a new Bishop to replace Bishop Geoff.
He said: "This is excellent news… We plan to advertise for interest in the vacancy this September and interviews will take place at the end of November.
"Please make this a matter for your prayers; that we will be guided by the Holy Spirit to appoint the person who is being called to take on this significant responsibility.
"In 2017 we are at a crucial time in implementing our Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities and we pray for a Bishop who will strengthen our hand in delivering that Vision for the people of Lancashire."