Brazilian Catholic Apostolic Church -UK (ICAB-UK)

          Founded by decree as a Sui Iuris Catholic Church by His Holiness, Patriarch Dom. Luis Fernando Castillo Mendez. 

Episcopal Consecration

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Official Consecration Ceremony

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Pre Vatican II Roman Pontificate

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Rite & Rubrics of Episcopal Consecration according to the pre Vatican II Roman Pontificate used on the 13 June 2006 at the Cathedral Church of Our Lady & Miraculous Medal. Brasilia  by Most Reverend Dom. Luis Fernando Castillo Mendez. His Holiness the Patriarch of Brazil. Diocesan Bishop of Brasilia. Brazil  to Most Reverend Dom. James Atkinson-Wake. Diocesan Bishop of Cambridge.

Most Reverend Father, our holy Mother the Catholic Church, asks that you promote this priest here present to the burden of the episcopate.


The Consecrator says:

Have you the Apostolic Mandate?


The senior assistant bishop answers:

We have.


The Consecrator says:

Let it be read.


Then the notary of the Consecrator, taking the mandate from the assistant bishop, reads it from the beginning to the end:  in the meanwhile all sit with heads covered. The mandate having been read, the Consecrator says:

Thanks be to God.

Or, if the consecration is made by virtue of Apostolic letters, by which even the reception of the oath to be made by the Bishop-elect is committed to the Consecrator, these letters being read, before the Consecrator says anything else, the Bishop-elect coming from his seat, kneels before the Consecrator and reads, word for word, the oath to be taken according to the tenor of the aforesaid commission, in this manner, viz:


Form of Oath


I James Atkinson-Wake, elected to the Catholic Church, from this hour hence forward will be obedient to Blessed Peter the Apostle, and to the Holy Catholic Church, and to our Holy Father, Patriarch Dom, Luis Fernando Castillo Mendez and to his successors canonically elected. I will assist them to retain and to defend the Catholic Church without detriment to my order. I shall take care to preserve, to defend, increase and promote the rights, honours, privileges and authority of the Holy Catholic Apostolic Church, of our Lord, the Pope, and of his aforesaid successors. I shall observe with all my strength, and shall cause to be observed by others, the rules of the holy Fathers, the Apostolic decrees, ordinances or dispositions, reservations, provisions and mandates. I shall come when called to a Synod, unless prevented by a canonical impediment. I shall make personally the visit ad limina apostolorum every ten years, and I shall render to our Holy Father, Patriarch Dom Luis I and to his aforesaid successors an account of my whole pastoral office, and of all things pertaining in any manner whatsoever to the state of my Church, to the discipline of the clergy and the people, and finally to the salvation of the souls which are entrusted to me: and in turn I shall receive humbly the apostolic mandates and execute them as diligently as possible. But if I shall be detained by legitimate impediment, I shall fulfil all the aforesaid things through a designated delegate having a special mandate for this purpose, a priest of my diocese, or through some other secular or regular priest of known probity and religion, fully informed concerning the above-named things. I shall not sell, nor give, nor mortgage the possessions belonging to my mensa (by mensa is understood the real estate or investments set aside for the proper support of the Bishop), nor shall I Sell off them anew or alienate them in any manner, even with the consent of the chapter of my Church, And if through me any such alienation shall occur, I wish, by the very fact, to incur the punishments contained in the constitution published concerning this matter.

The Consecrator, holding in his lap with both hands the book of the Gospels, opened towards the Bishop-elect, receives from him this oath, the Bishop-elect still kneeling before him saying:


So help me God and these Holy Gospels of God.


He touches with both hands the text of the Gospels and then, and not before, the Consecrator says:

Thanks be to God.


Then the Bishop-elect and the assistants being seated, the Consecrator reads in an audible voice the following examination, which should always be read as it is written, in the singular, even if many are examined together. The assistant bishops say in a lower voice whatsoever the Consecrator says, and all should retain their mitres and be seated.


Examination

The ancient rule of the holy Fathers teaches and ordains that he who is chosen to the order of bishop, shall be with all charity examined diligently beforehand concerning his faith in the Holy Trinity, and shall be questioned concerning the different objects and rules which pertain to this government and are to be observed, according to the word of the apostle: "impose hands hastily on no man." This is done in order that he who is to be ordained may be instructed how it behooveth one placed under this rule to conduct himself in the Church of God, and also that they may be blameless who impose on him the hands of ordination. Therefore by the same authority and commandment, with sincere charity, we ask you, dearest brother, if you desire to make your conduct harmonize, as far as your nature allows, with the meaning of divine Scripture.

Then the Bishop-elect, rising slightly, with uncovered head, answers:

With my whole heart I wish in all things to consent and obey.

And he will act in like manner when making all the other responses that follow, and if there are many Bishops-elect, each one will answer thus in turn.

The Consecrator interrogates:


Q. Will you teach the people for whom you are ordained, both by words and by example, the things you understand from the divine Scriptures?

R. I will.

Q. Will you receive, keep and teach with reverence the traditions of the orthodox fathers and the decretal constitutions of the Holy and Apostolic See?

R. I will.

Q. Will you exhibit in all things fidelity, submission, obedience, according to canonical authority, to Blessed Peter the Apostle, to whom was given by God the power of binding and of loosing, and to his Vicar our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI and to his successors the Roman Pontiffs?

R. I will.

Q. Will you refrain in all your ways from evil and, as far as you are able, with the help of the Lord, direct them to every good?

R. I will.

Q. Will you observe and teach with the help of God, chastity and sobriety?

R. I will.

Q. Will you, as far as your human frailty shall allow, always be given up to divine affairs and abstain from worldly matters or sordid gains?

R. I will.

Q. Will you for the Lord’s sake, be affable and merciful to the poor and to pilgrims and all those in need?

R. I will.

Then the Consecrator says to him:


May the Lord bestow upon thee all these things and every other good thing, and preserve thee and strengthen thee in all goodness.

And all answer: Amen.


Q. Do you believe, according to your understanding and the capacity of your mind, in the Holy Trinity, the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost, one God almighty and the whole Godhead, in the Holy Trinity coessential, consubstantial, coeternal, and co omnipotent, of one will, power and majesty, the Creator of all creatures, by whom are all things, through whom are all things, and in whom are all things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, corporeal and spiritual?

R. I assent and do so believe.

Q. Do you believe each single person of the Holy Trinity is one God, true, full and perfect?

R. I do believe.

Q. Do you believe in the Son of God, the Word of God eternally begotten of the Father, consubstantial, co omnipotent and coequal in all things to the Father in divinity, born in time of the Holy Ghost from Mary ever Virgin, with a rational soul, having two nativities, one eternal from the Father, the other temporal from the Mother, true God and true Man, proper and perfect in both natures, not the adopted nor the fantastic, but the sole and only Son of God in two natures and of two natures, but in the singleness of one person, incapable of suffering, and immortal in his divinity, but Who suffered in his humanity for us and for our salvation, with real suffering of the flesh, and was buried, and, rising on the third day from the dead with a true resurrection of the flesh, on the fortieth day after resurrection, with the flesh wherein He rose and with His soul, ascended into Heaven and sitteth at the right hand of the Father, thence to come to judge the living and the dead, and to render to everyone according to his works as they shall have been good or bad?

R. I assent and so in all things do I believe.

Q. Do you believe also in the Holy Ghost full and perfect and true God proceeding from the Father and the Son, coequal and coessential, co omnipotent and co-eternal in all things with the Father and the Son?

R. I believe.

Q. Do you believe that this Holy Trinity is not three Gods, but one God, almighty, eternal, invisible and unchangeable?

R. I believe.

Q. Do you believe that the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church is the one true Church in which there is but one true baptism and the true remission of all sins?

R. I believe.

Q. Do you also anathematize every heresy that shall arise against this holy Catholic Church?

R. I do anathematize it.

Q. Do you believe also in the true resurrection of this same flesh of yours, and in life everlasting?

R. I do believe.

Q. Do you believe also that god and the Lord Almighty is the sole author of the New and Old Testaments, of the Law, and of the Prophets, and of the Apostles?

R. I do believe.


Afterwards the Consecrator says:


May this faith be increased in thee by the Lord, unto true and eternal happiness, dearest brother in Christ.

All answer: Amen.

The examination being finished, the aforesaid assistant bishops lead the Bishop-elect to the Consecrator, whose hand is reverently kissed by the Bishop-elect kneeling. Then the Consecrator, laying aside his mitre, and turning towards the altar with the ministers, says in the usual manner the Confession, the Bishop-elect remaining at his left hand, and the bishops standing before their seats say in like manner the Confession, with their chaplains.

Having finished the Confession the Consecrator ascends to the altar, kisses it and the Gospel to be said in the Mass, and incenses the altar in the usual manner. Then he goes to his throne or faldstool and proceeds with the Mass up to the Alleluia, or the last verse of the tract or sequence exclusive.

If Mass is read, however, having kissed the altar and the Gospel, the incensation being omitted, he reads as above from the Missal at the altar, after which, whether the Mass is read or sung, he returns with his mitre on to the faldstool, placed for him before the middle of the altar.

The assistant bishops lead the Bishop-elect to his chapel, and there having laid aside the cope, acolytes put on his sandals, if he has not already done so, he reading the usual psalms and prayers. Then he receives the pectoral cross and adjusts the stole in such a manner that it may hang from his shoulders. After that, he is vested with the tunic, dalmatic, chasuble and maniple, and then advances to his altar, where, standing between the assistant bishops, with uncovered head, he reads the whole office of the Mass up to the Alleluia, or the last verse of the tract or sequence exclusive. He does not turn around to the people when he says the Lord be with you, as is wont to be done in other masses.

The office of the day is never changed on account of the ordination of bishops. But after the collect of the day, a collect for the Bishop-elect is said under one Through Christ Our Lord, etc.


Prayer

Attend to our supplications, Almighty God, so that what is to be performed by our humble ministry may be fulfilled by the effect of Thy power. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. R. Amen.

The Gradual being finished, if the Alleluia is said, otherwise the tract or sequence up to the last verse exclusively being read, the Consecrator goes to the faldstool before the middle of the altar and there sits with his mitre on (The wearing of the mitre indicates the exercise of Episcopal authority. By bearing this in mind the importance of these Rubrics, concerning the putting on and removal of the Mitre will be better appreciated). The assistant bishops again lead the Bishop-elect to the Consecrator, to whom the Bishop-elect, having laid aside his biretta, (It will be observed that the Elect removes his biretta as a sign of respect for the superior authority of the Bishop), profoundly bending his head, makes a humble reverence; the assistants with their mitres on, and bowing slightly, also make a reverence to the Consecrator, then all sit as before, and the Consecrator, sitting with his mitre on, turned towards the Bishop-elect, says:


A bishop judges, interprets, consecrates, ordains, offers, baptizes and confirms.

Then all rising, the Consecrator, standing with his mitre on, says to those surrounding him:

Let us pray, dearest brethren, that the kindness of the Almighty God consulting the utility of His Church, may bestow the abundance of His grace upon this Elect. Through Christ Our Lord. R. Amen.

And then the Consecrator before his faldstool; and the assistant bishops before theirs, all with their mitres on, prostrate themselves. The Bishop-elect, however, prostrates himself at the left of the Consecrator; the ministers and all others kneel. Then the chanter, or if the office is read, the Consecrator, beginning the litanies, says:


Lord have mercy on us (going through the entire litanies.)


After the petition, That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to all the faithful departed, etc. R. We beseech Thee, hear us, has been said,

The Consecrator, rising and turning towards the Bishop-elect, holding in his left hand the pastoral staff, says in the tone of the litanies, first:

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to  + bless this Elect here present. R. We beseech them, hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to + bless and + sanctify this Elect here present. R. We beseech The, hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to + bless and + sanctify and + consecrate this Elect here present. R. We beseech The, hear us.

Meanwhile always making the sign of the cross over him, and the assistant bishops do and say the same thing, remaining kneeling, however.

Then the Consecrator again prostrates himself, and the chanter, or he who began the litanies, continues them to the end.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe, etc. R. We beseech Thee, hear us.

The litany finished, all rise; and the Consecrator stands with his mitre on before his faldstool, the Bishop-elect kneeling before him.

Then the Consecrator, with the aid of the assistant bishops, taking the open book of the Gospels, saying nothing, lays it upon the neck and shoulders of the Bishop-elect, so that the printed page touches the neck. One of the chaplains kneels behind, supporting the book until it must be given into the hands of the Bishop-elect.

Then the Consecrator and the assistant bishops touch with both hands the head of the one to be consecrated saying: (The imposition of hands with prayer is the essential rite by which Episcopal power is conferred.)


Receive the Holy Spirit to lead the faithful of the church of Jesus Christ.


This being done, the Consecrator, standing and laying aside his mitre, says:

Be propitious, O Lord, to our supplications, and inclining the horn of sacerdotal grace above this Thy servant, pour out upon him the power of Thy + blessing. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God.

Then extending his hands before his breast, he says:

World without end.

R. Amen

V. The Lord be with you.

R. And with thy spirit.

V. Lift up your hearts.

R. We have them lifted up to the Lord.

V. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

R. It is worthy and just.

It is truly worthy and just, right and profitable unto salvation that we should at all times and in all places give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father Almighty, Eternal God, honour of all dignities which serve unto Thy glory in sacred orders. To Thee O God, who, in the secret communings of familiar intercourse, giving instruction unto Moses Thy servant, concerning, among other branches of divine worship, the nature of sacerdotal vesture, didst order that Aaron, Thy chosen one, should be clad in mystic robes during the sacred functions, so that succeeding generations might be enlightened by the examples of their predecessors, lest the knowledge derived from Thy instruction should be wanting in any age. Since, indeed, with the ancients, the very appearance of symbols would obtain reverence, and with us there would be the experience of the things themselves more certain that the mysteries of figures. For the adornment of our minds fulfils what was expressed by the outward vesture of that ancient priesthood and now brightness of souls rather than splendour of raiment commends the pontifical glory unto us. Because even those things which then were sightly unto the eyes of the flesh, demanded rather that the eyes of the spirit should understand the things they signified.

And therefore we beseech Thee, O Lord, give bountifully this grace to this Thy servant, whom Thou hast chosen to the ministry of the supreme priesthood, so that what things so ever those vestments signify by the refulgence of gold, the splendour of jewels, and the variety of diversified works, these may shine forth in his character and his actions. Fill up in Thy priest the perfection of Thy ministry and sanctify with the dew of Thy heavenly ointment this Thy servant decked out with the ornaments of all beauty.

If the Consecration is performed in the Roman curia, the Apostolic Sub deacon or one of the pontifical chaplains binds the head of the Bishop-elect with one of the longer cloths from the eight mentioned above, and the Consecrator, prostrate on both knees, turned towards the altar, begins the Hymn, Come Holy Ghost, Creator, come, the others continuing it unto the end.

At the conclusion of the first verse, the bishop rises and sits on the faldstool before the middle of the altar, takes his mitre, lays aside his ring and gloves, puts on the ring again and receives the gremial from the ministers. Then he dips the thumb of his right hand in the holy chrism and anoints the head of the Bishop-elect kneeling before him, making first the sign of the cross on the crown, then anointing the rest of the crown, saying in the meanwhile:


May thy head be anointed and consecrated by heavenly benediction in the pontifical order. And making with his right hand, the sign of the cross three times over the head of the Elect, he says:


In the name of the + Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy +Ghost. R. Amen.

V. Peace be with thee.

R. And with thy spirit.

And if several are to be consecrated, he repeats this to each separately.

Having completed the anointing, the bishop cleanses his thumb somewhat with bread crumbs, and the above-mentioned hymn having been finished, he lays aside his mitre, rises and continues in the same tone as before, saying:

May this, O Lord, flow abundantly upon his head, may this run down upon his cheeks, may this extend unto the extremities of his whole body, so that inwardly he may be filled with the power of Thy spirit, and outwardly may be clothed with that same spirit. May constant faith, pure love, sincere piety abound in him. May his feet by Thy gift be beautiful for announcing the glad tidings of peace, for announcing the glad tidings of Thy good things. Grant to him, O Lord, the ministry of reconciliation in word and in deed, in the power of sings and of wonders. Let his speech and his preaching be not in the persuasive words of human wisdom, but in the showing of the spirit and of power. Give to him, O Lord, the keys of the kingdom of Heaven, so that he may make use of, not boast of the power which Thou bestowest unto edification, not unto destruction. Whatsoever he shall bind upon earth, let it be bound likewise in heaven, and whatsoever he shall loose upon earth, let it likewise be loosed in heaven. Whose sins he shall retain, let them be retained, and do Thou remit the sins of whomsoever he shall remit. Let him who shall curse him, himself be accursed, and let him who shall bless him be filled with blessings. Let him be the faithful and prudent servant whom Thou dost set, O Lord, over Thy household, so that he may give them food in due season, and prove himself a perfect man. May he be untiring in his solicitude, fervent in spirit. May he detest pride, and cherish humility and truth, and never desert it, overcome either by flattery or by fear. Let him not put light for darkness, nor darkness for light: let him not call evil good, nor good evil. May he be a debtor to the wise and to the foolish, so that he may gather fruit from the progress of all. Grant to him, O Lord, an Episcopal chair for ruling Thy Church and the people committed to him. Be his authority, be his power, be his strength. Multiply upon him Thy + blessing and Thy grace, so that Thy gift he may be fitted for always obtaining Thy mercy, and by Thy grace may be faithful.

Then in a lower tone of voice he reads the following so as to be heard by those surrounding him:

Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth in the unity of one God, world without end. R. Amen.

After this the Consecrator begins, and the choir takes up the Antiphon.

The ointment upon the head which descended on the beard, the beard of Aaron, which descended on the border of his vestment: the Lord hath commanded blessing forever.

Psalm 132

Behold how good and how pleasing it is for brethren to dwell together in unity: Like the precious ointment on the head, that ran down upon the beard, the beard of Aaron. Which ran down to the skirt of his garment: as the dew of Hermon, which descendeth upon mount Sion. For there the Lord hath commanded blessing and life for evermore. Glory be to the Father, etc. As it was in the beginning, etc.

Then the whole Antiphon is repeated, the ointment upon the head, etc.

The Antiphon before the psalm having been begun, one of the longer strips from the eight above mentioned, is placed on the neck of the Bishop-elect. The Consecrator sits down, takes his mitre, whilst the Bishop-elect kneels before him, having his hands joined. Then the Consecrator anoints with chrism the hands of the Bishop-elect in the form of a cross, by drawing two lines with the thumb of his right hand, which has been dipped in the oil, namely, from the thumb of the right hand to the index finger of the left, and from the thumb of the left hand to the index finger of the right. And afterwards he anoints the entire palms of the Bishop-elect, saying:


May these hands be anointed with the sanctified oil and the chrism of sanctification, as Samuel anointed David to be King and Prophet; so may they be anointed and consecrated.


And making with his right hand the sign of the cross thrice over the hands of the Bishop-elect, he says:

In the name of God the + Father, and of the +Son, and of the Holy + Ghost, making the image of the Holy cross of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, Who has redeemed us from death and led us to the kingdom of Heaven. Hear us, O loving, Almighty Father, Eternal God, and grant that we may obtain what we ask for. Through the same Christ Our Lord. R. Amen.

Sitting down, he continues:

May God and the Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath Himself of the Episcopate, be dew thee with chrism and with the liquor of mystic ointment, and make thee fruitful with the richness of spiritual + benediction: Whatsoever you shall + bless may it be blessed, and whatsoever you shall sanctify may it be sanctified; and may the imposition of this consecrated hand or thumb be profitable in all things unto salvation. R. Amen.

After this, the one consecrated joins both hands, the right resting upon the left, and places them upon the cloth hanging from his neck. The Consecrator cleanses his thumb somewhat with some bread crumbs, and laying aside his mitre, rises and blesses the pastoral staff, if it has not been blessed, saying:

Let Us Pray

O God, who dost sustain human weakness, bless + this staff; and in the clemency of Thy merciful kindness, operate inwardly in the manners of this Thy servant, what it outwardly designates. Through Christ Our Lord. R. Amen.

Then he sprinkles it with holy water. Sitting down and taking his mitre, he himself hands the staff to the one consecrated, who is kneeling before him, and who receives it between the index and middle fingers, the hands remaining joined, whole the Consecrator says:

 

Receive the staff of the pastoral office, so that in the correction of vices you may be lovingly severs, giving judgement without wrath, softening the minds of your hearers whilst fostering virtues, not neglecting strictness of discipline through love of tranquillity. R. Amen.


After which, laying aside the mitre, the Consecrator rises and blesses the ring, if it has not been blessed before, saying:

Let Us Pray

O Lord, Creator and Preserver of the human race, Giver of spiritual grace, Bestower of eternal salvation, do Thou send forth Thy + blessing upon this ring; so that whosoever shall be adorned with this sign of holiest fidelity, it may avail him by the power of heavenly protection unto eternal life. Through Christ Our Lord. R. Amen.

He then sprinkles the ring with holy water, and sitting with his mitre on, himself places the ring on the ring finger of the right hand of the one consecrated, saying:


Receive the ring, the symbol of fidelity, in order that, adorned with unspotted faith, you may keep inviolably the Spouse of God, namely, His Holy Church. R. Amen.

Then the Consecrator takes the book of the Gospels from the shoulders of the one consecrated, and with the aid of the assistant bishops, hands it closed to the one consecrated, the latter touching it without opening his hands, whilst the Consecrator says:


Receive the Gospel and go preach to the people committed to thee, for God is powerful to increase his grace in thee, He who liveth and reigneth, world without end. R. Amen.

Finally the Consecrator receives the one consecrated to the kiss of peace. The Assistant bishops each do likewise, saying to the one consecrated:

Peace be with thee.

And he answers to each:

And with thy spirit.

Then the one consecrated, between the assistant bishops, returns to his chapel, where, while he is seated, his head is cleanses with some bread crumbs and with a clean cloth. Then his hair is cleansed, and combed; afterwards he washes his hands. The Consecrator washes his hands at his faldstool. Then he goes on with the Mass up to the Offertory inclusive. The consecrated does the same in his chapel.

The Offertory having been said, the Consecrator sits with his mitre on at the faldstool before the middle of the altar, and the one consecrated, coming from his chapel, between the assistant bishops, kneels before the Consecrator and offers to him two lighted torches, two loaves of bread and two small barrels of wine, and kisses reverently the hands of the Consecrator receiving the above gifts.

Then the Consecrator washes his hands and goes to the altar. The one consecrated also goes to the Epistle side of the same altar: there, standing between the assistant bishops, having before him his Missal, he says and does with the Consecrator everything as in the Missal. And one host is prepared to be consecrated for the Consecrator and the one consecrated, and wine sufficient for both is placed in the chalice.

The following Secret is said with the Secret of the Mass of the day under on Through Our Lord by the Consecrator.

Secret

Receive, O Lord, the gifts which we offer to Thee for this Thy servant, and kindly preserve in him Thy favours. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. R. Amen.

The one consecrated says:

Secret

Receive, O Lord, the gifts which we offer to Thee for me, Thy servant, and kindly preserve Thy favours in me. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. R. Amen.

During the action the Consecrator says:


This oblation therefore, of our service, and that of Thy whole family which we offer Thee, also for this Thy servant, whom Thou hast vouchsafed to promote to the order of the episcopate, we beseech Thee, O Lord, graciously to accept, and to kindly preserve Thy favours in him, so that what has been accomplished by the divine gift, may be followed by divine effects : and dispose our days in Thy peace, and command us to be delivered from eternal damnation, and to be numbered in the flock of Thine elect. Through Christ Our Lord. R. Amen.

The one consecrated says:

This oblation therefore, of our service, and that of Thy whole family which we offer Thee, also for me Thy servant, whom Thou hast vouchsafed to promote to the order of bishop, we beseech Thee, O Lord, graciously to accept and kindly to preserve in me Thy favours, so that what I have accomplished by the divine gift, I may complete by divine effects : and dispose our days in Thy peace, and command us to be delivered from eternal damnation and to numbered in the flock of Thine elect. Through Christ Our Lord. R. Amen.

The prayer Lord Jesus Christ, who, etc. having been said by the Consecrator and the one consecrated, the latter goes up to the right of the Consecrator and both kiss the altar. Then the Consecrator gives the kiss of peace to the one consecrated saying:

Peace be with thee.

To whom the one consecrated answers:

And with thy spirit

Then after the Consecrator has consumed the Body of the Lord, he does not entirely consume the blood, but only a portion with the particle of the host that has been placed in the chalice, and before he takes the purification, he communicates the one consecrated, who stands with bowed head and not genuflecting, first giving him the Body and then the Blood.

Then he purifies himself and afterwards the one consecrated. He then washes his fingers over the chalice and takes also the ablution, and having received the mitre, he washes his hands. Meanwhile, the one consecrated, with his assistant bishops, goes to the other corner of the altar, namely, the Gospel side, and there continues the Mass while the Consecrator does the same at the Epistle side.

The Post-Communion which ought to be said with the Post-Communion of the day under one Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who liveth and reigneth.

We beseech Thee, O Lord; work in us the saving fullness of Thy mercy: and propitiously render us so perfect, and so cherish us that we may be able to please Thee in all things. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, who with Thee liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. R. Amen.

Then after, Go the Mass is ended, or Let us bless the Lord, as the time requires, has been said, the Consecrator having said May the performance, etc., in the middle of the altar, and received there the mitre, if he be not an Archbishop, and in his province, turned towards the altar, he solemnly blesses the people, saying : Blessed be the name of the Lord, etc.


The Investiture

Having given the Benediction, the Consecrator, with his mitre on, sits on the faldstool which has been placed before the middle of the altar : the one consecrated, keeping his biretta on his head, kneels before him. Then the Consecrator, having laid aside his mitre, rises and blesses the mitre, if it has not been blessed, saying:

Let Us Pray

O Lord God, Father Almighty, whose goodness is wonderful and whose power immense, from whom is every best and every perfect gift, the ornament of all beauty, vouchsafe to + bless and+ sanctify this mitre to be placed on the head of this Prelate Thy servant. Through Christ Our Lord. R. Amen.

And then he sprinkles it with holy water, after which, sitting down with his mitre on, the assistant bishops aiding him he places it on the head of the one consecrated, saying:

We, O Lord, place on the head of this Thy bishop and champion, the helmet of protection and salvation, so that his face being adorned and his head armed with the horns of both testaments, he may seem terrible to the opponents of truth, and through the indulgence of Thy grace may be their sturdy adversary, Thou Who didst mark with the brightest rays of Thy splendour and truth the countenance of Moses Thy Servant, ornamented from his fellowship with Thy word : and didst order the tiara to be placed on the head of Aaron thy high priest. Through Christ Our Lord. R. Amen.

Then if the gloves have not been blessed, the Consecrator rises, having laid aside the mitre, and blesses them, saying:

Let Us Pray

O Almighty Creator, Who hast given to man fashioned after Thy image, hands notable for their formation, as an organ of intelligence for correct workmanship : which Thou hast commanded to be kept clean, so that the soul might worthily be carried in them and Thy mysteries worthily consecrated by them, vouchsafe to + bless and + sanctify these hand coverings, so that whosoever of Thy ministers, the holy Bishops, shall humbly wish to cover their hands with these, Thy mercy shall accord to him cleanness of heart as well as of deed. Through Christ Our Lord. R. Amen.

And he sprinkles them with holy water. Then the pontifical ring is drawn from the finger of the one consecrated, the Consecrator sits down and having received the mitre with the aid of the assistant bishops, places the gloves on the hands of the one consecrated, saying:

Encompass, O Lord, the hands of this Thy minister with the cleanness of the new man who descended from Heaven, so that as Thy beloved Jacob, his hands covered with the skins of young goats, implored and received the paternal benediction, having offered to his Father most agreeable food and drink, so also this one may deserve to implore and to receive the benediction of Thy grace by means of the saving host offered by his hands. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who in the likeness of sinful flesh, offered himself to Thee for us.

And immediately he places on the finger of the one consecrated the Episcopal ring. Then the Consecrator rises and takes the one consecrated by the right hand, and the senior assistant bishop takes him by the left, and they enthrone him by placing him sitting on the faldstool from which the Consecrator has risen, or if the ceremony be performed in the Church of the one consecrated, they enthrone him on the usual Episcopal seat, and the Consecrator places in his left hand the pastoral staff.

Most Reverend Lord. Luis Fernando Castillo Mendez states; "Receive the Episcopal chair to rule the Holy people of Christ for the Catholic Church of England, Scotland and Ireland’


Then the Consecrator, turning towards the altar and laying aside the mitre, while standing, begins, the others taking it up and finishing it, the Hymn, We praise Thee, O Lord.

At the beginning of the hymn, the one consecrated is led by the assistant bishops with their mitres on around the Church, and he blesses everyone. The Consecrator meanwhile without his mitre remains standing in the same place at the altar. When the one consecrated has returned to his seat or the faldstool, he sits again until the above mentioned hymn is finished. The assistants lay aside their mitres and stand with the Consecrator.

At the conclusion of the hymn, the Consecrator, standing without his mitre, at the throne, or the faldstool at the right hand of the one consecrated, says; or if the office be sung, he begins, the choir taking up the Antiphon.

May Thy hand be strengthened and Thy right hand be exalted, justice and judgment be the preparation of Thy throne. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be world without end.

And the whole Antiphon is repeated. When this is finished the Consecrator says:

V. O Lord hear my prayer.

R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

V. The Lord be with you.

R. And with thy spirit.

Let Us Pray

O God, the Pastor and Ruler of all the faithful, look down in Thy mercy upon this Thy servant, whom Thou hast appointed over Thy Church, and grant, we beseech Thee, that both by word and example, he may edify all those who are under his charge, so that with the flock in trusted to him, he may attain unto life everlasting. Through Christ Our Lord. R. Amen.

After which the Consecrator, with uncovered head, remains at the Gospel corner of the altar, the assistants, also uncovered, standing with him. The one consecrated rises, and going with his mitre and his pastoral staff before the middle of the altar, turns towards it; and, signing himself with the thumb of his right hand before his breast, he says:

Blessed be the name of the Lord.

R. Now and forever.

Then making the sign of the cross from his forehead to his breast, he says:

Our help is in the name of the Lord.

R. Who hath made Heaven and earth.

Then raising and joining his hands, and bowing his head, he says:

May the Almighty God bless you.

And when he has said "God" he turns towards the people and blesses them thrice, saying:

The + Father, the + Son and the Holy + Ghost. R. Amen.

Then the Consecrator takes his mitre, and stands at the Gospel corner, his face turned towards the Epistle corner. The assistants, with their mitres on, stand near him. The one consecrated goes to the epistle corner of the altar, and there with his mitre on, and holding his staff, facing the Consecrator, he makes a genuflection and sings:


Ad multos Annos "For many years".

The going to the middle of the altar, he again genuflects as before, and says, singing in a higher voice:


Ad multos Annos "For many years"

Afterwards he goes to the feet of the Consecrator and genuflecting a third time as above, he sings again in a still higher tone of voice:


Ad multos Annos "For many years".

Then when he has risen, the Consecrator receives him to the kiss of peace. The assistant bishops do likewise. These lead between them the one consecrated, who wears his mitre and walks with the pastoral staff, reciting the Gospel of St. John, In the beginning was the Word, etc. After having made a reverence to the cross upon the altar he goes to his chapel, where he lays aside his vestments saying meanwhile the antiphon Of the Three children, etc., and the canticle, "Bless ye." The Consecrator, having given the kiss of peace to the one consecrated, says in a low voice:


The Lord be with you, The beginning of the Gospel according to St. John. In the beginning was the Word, etc.

He signs the altar and himself, and having made likewise a reverence to the cross, he lays aside his sacred vestments at the throne or the faldstool, saying also the antiphon Of the three children and the canticle "Bless ye," etc., after which the one consecrated returns thanks to the Consecrator and his assistants, and all depart in peace.

Latin Chant: I. Abbey Bells and Introit - Spiritus Domini
The Choir of Prinknash Abbey (Music from Prinknash Abbey : Latin Plainchant and English Chant)
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