Category Archives: Ordination Rites

Ordination Rites: Ordination of a Bishop 36-39

Before we get to the cake and punch reception, there is still the Eucharist to be celebrated, plus the concluding rites. LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST 36. The rite for the can celebration of Mass is followed with this change: 37. … Continue reading

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Ordination Rites: Ordination of a Bishop 27-35

The gospel book is taken away from above the new bishop’s head, then it is handed to him after anointing. 27. After the prayer of consecration, the deacons remove the Book of the Gospels which they have been holding above the … Continue reading

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Ordination Rites: Ordination of a Bishop 26

We’ll devote this whole post to the consecration prayer. Remember when we last left the bishop-elect, the Book of the Gospels was on his head, handled by two deacons. The prayer commences with an allusion to Saint Paul’s greeting in … Continue reading

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Ordination Rites: Ordination of a Bishop 20-25

Two important rituals precede the consecration prayer. After an invitation to pray, the bishop-elect lies prostrate during the litany of saints. We’ve spoken of the inclusion of appropriate saints for deacons, and I think we’ve touched on it for priests. … Continue reading

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Ordination Rites: Ordination of a Bishop 19

Let’s look carefully and the questions used to “examine” the bishop-elect, noting this is where we have first mention of the “successor of the apostle Peter”: EXAMINATION OF THE CANDIDATE 19. The bishop-elect then rises and stands in front of … Continue reading

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Ordination Rites: Ordination of a Bishop 18

The homily will give us many insights as to the Church’s notion of episcopal ministry. Notice how many times the pope is mentioned in comparison to the college of bishops and other theological realities. 18. Then the principal consecrator, while … Continue reading

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Ordination Rites: Ordination of a Bishop 16-17

After the gospel, as in the other ordination rites, the candidate is presented before the homily: 16. One of the priests addresses the principal consecrator: Most Reverend Father, the church of N. asks you to ordain this priest, N., for … Continue reading

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