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.


36. The rite for the can celebration of Mass is followed with this change:

37. In Eucharistic Prayer I, the special form of Father, accept this offering is said:

Father, accept this offering from your whole family

and from the one you have chosen for the order of


Protect the gifts you have given him,

and let him yield a harvest worthy of you.

[Through Christ our Lord. Amen.]



38. At the conclusion of the prayer after communion, the hymn Te Deum is sung, or another hymn similar to it, de­pending on local custom. Meanwhile, the newly ordained bishop is led by the consecrating bishops through the church, and he blesses the congregation.

After the hymn, the new bishop may stand at the altar or at the chair with staff and miter and address the people briefly.

This is one of the few times in the rites that a post-Communion hymn is actually assigned.


39. The following blessing may be used in place of the usual blessing. If the newly ordained bishop is the celebrant, he says:

Lord God,

you care for your people with kindness, you rule them with love.

Give your Spirit of wisdom to the bishops you have made teachers and pastors.

By advancing in holiness may the flock become the eternal joy of the shepherds.

All: Amen.

Lord God,

by your power you allot us the number of our days and the measure of our years.

Look favorably upon the service we perform for you, and give true, lasting peace in our time.

All: Amen.

Lord God,

now that you have raised me to the order of bishops, may I please you in the performance of my office.

Unite the hearts of people and bishop, so that the shepherd may not be without the support of his flock,

or the flock without the loving concern of its shepherd.

All: Amen.

May almighty God bless you,

the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All: Amen.

If the principal consecrator presides over the eucharistic liturgy, he says:

May the Lord bless and keep you.

He chose to make you a bishop for his people:

may you know happiness in this present life and share unending joy.

All: Amen.

The Lord has gathered his people and clergy in unity.

By his care and your stewardship may they be governed happily for many years.

All: Amen.

May they be obedient to God’s law, free from hardships, rich in every blessing, and loyally assist you in your ministry.

May they be blessed with peace and calm in this life and come to share with you the fellowship of the citizens of heaven.

All: Amen.

May almighty God bless you,

the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit. All: Amen.

And with this post, the CS examination of the ordination rites draws to a close. Chapter VI completes the document, giving liturgy preparers options for readings and psalms.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to Ordination Rites: Ordination of a Bishop 36-39

  1. roland says:

    ..thanks i’ve been looking for the rite of ordination of Bishops because i’m going to report in our liturgy class..

    thanks a lot…

    please pray for all seminarians..

    anyway, i’m a Redemporist seminarian..

    God bless…

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