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 service as bishop.
If the bishop-elect is not to be ordained as a residential bishop:
Most Reverend Father, our holy mother the Catholic Church asks you to ordain this priest, N., for service as a bishop.
The principal consecrator asks him:
Have you a mandate from the Holy See?
He replies: We have.
Principal consecrator: Let it be read.
Everyone sits while the document is read.
The consent of the people is given:
17. After the reading, all present say: Thanks be to God, or give their assent to the choice in some other way, according to local custom.
In the olden days, the people would elect the bishop. No more undignified episodes of the candidate bishop hiding in a flock of geese to avoid the affirming throng. A bit later today, I’ll post the canned homily for the episcopal ordination, and we can sift through that for insights on the role and duties of the bishop.