Numbered sections 53-56 in Chapter II outline the events to take place during the Liturgy of the Word. Before the first word of scripture is uttered, the bishop has something to say:
79. The inauguration of a chapel where the blessed sacrament is to be reserved, is carried out appropriately in this way: after Communion the pyx containing the blessed sacrament is left on the table of the altar. The Bishop goes to the chair, and all pray silently for a brief period. Then the Bishop says the following prayer after Communion:
Let us pray.
Pause for silent prayer, if this has not preceded.
through these gifts
increase the vision of your truth in our minds.
May we always worship you in your holy temple,
and rejoice in your presence with all your saints.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
80. When the prayer is completed, the bishop returns to the altar, genuflects, and incenses the blessed sacrament. Afterward, when he has received the humeral veil, he takes the pyx, which he covers with the veil itself. Then a procession is formed in which, preceded by the crossbearer and with lighted torches and incense, the blessed sacrament is carried through the main body of the church to the chapel of reservation. As the procession proceeds, the following antiphon is sung with Psalm 147:12-20:
Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
Another appropriate song may be sung.
81. When the procession comes to the chapel of reservation, the bishop places the pyx on the altar or in the tabernacle, the door of which remains open. Then he puts incense in the censer, kneels, and incenses the blessed sacrament. Finally, after a brief period during which all pray in silence, the deacon puts the pyx in the tabernacle or closes the door. A minister lights the lamp, which will burn perpetually before the blessed sacrament.
82. If the chapel where the blessed sacrament is reserved can be seen clearly by the congregation, the bishop immediately imparts the blessings of the Mass (cf. below, no. 84). Otherwise the procession returns to the sanctuary by the shorter route, and the bishop imparts the blessing either at the altar or at the chair.
What do you make of the terminology of “inauguration”? Also, that there is no explicit “blessing” of a tabernacle–nothing that approaches the treatment of the altar and walls of the church? Jeffery noted not much given for the blessing/inauguration of the altar. Perhaps there was the desire to keep the rite as streamlined as possible. If that was the thought, we’d have to note the repeated strong symbols used in the dedication rite: oil, water, incense, and light.
In the 2003 edition, the vessel is described as a ciborium, not a pyx. While we know pyxes come in various sizes, what do you make of the prescription for a vessel that suggests something smaller rather than a ciborium?