Ordination Rites: Ordination of a Bishop 6-10

Let’s finish up the introduction section to the rites for ordaining a bishop. First the vesting directions for the clergy:

6. The principal consecrator and the concelebrating bishops and priests wear the vestments required for Mass. The bishop-elect wears all the priestly vestments, the pectoral cross, and the dalmatic. If the consecrating bishops do not celebrate, they wear the rochet or alb, pectoral cross, stole, cope, and miter. If the priests assisting the bishop-elect do not concelebrate, they wear the cope over an alb or surplice.

The three objects of the bishop’s office are blessed before the ordination liturgy, not at it. Anybody know exactly when the usual time or times would be for this? I cannot find the blessing in the Ceremonial of Bishops, nor is anything explicitly included in the Book of Blessings.

7. The blessing of the ring, pastoral staff, and miter ordinar­ily takes place at a convenient time prior to the ordination service (see Appendix II).

Notify your cathedral sacristan:

8. In addition to what is needed for the concelebration of a pontifical Mass, there should be ready: a) the Roman Pontifi­cal; b) copies of the consecratory prayer for the consecrating bishops; c) a linen gremial; d) holy chrism; e) a ring, staff, and miter for the bishop-elect.

Special seating required:

9. Seats for the principal consecrator, consecrating bishops, the bishop-elect, and concelebrating priests are arranged as follows:

a) For the liturgy of the word, the principal consecrator should sit at the cathedra or bishop’s chair, with the consecrat­ing bishops near the chair. The bishop-elect sits between the assisting priests in an appropriate place within the sanctuary.

That “appropriate place” might be separate from the other clergy, but presumably would not be with the bishops present.

b) The ordination should usually take place at the bishop’s chair; or, to enable the faithful to participate more fully, seats for the principal consecrator and consecrating bishops may be placed before the altar or elsewhere. Seats for the bishop­-elect and his assisting priests should be placed so that the faithful may have a complete view of the liturgical rites.

Again, we have the post-conciliar issue of visibility. We read of it in other ordination rites. More evidence piles on in support of the post-conciliar “turning around” of altars having to do more with the visibility, devotion, and participation of the people, than (necessarily) the actions of the priest or the location of his face.

Info for your master of ceremonies:

10. When everything is ready, the procession moves through the church to the altar in the usual way. A deacon carries the Book of the Gospels; he is followed by the priests who will concelebrate, the bishop-elect between the priests assisting him, the consecrating bishops, and, finally, the principal consecrator between two deacons.

Any comment on this? How many of you have attended a bishop’s ordination?

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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