Concerning the
Ordination of a Bishop

In accordance with ancient custom, it is desirable, if possible, that
bishops be ordained on Sundays and other feasts of our Lord or on the
feasts of apostles or evangelists.

When a bishop is to be ordained, the Presiding Bishop of this Church, or a
bishop appointed by the Presiding Bishop, presides and serves as chief
consecrator. At least two other bishops are co-consecrators.
Representatives of the presbyterate, diaconate, and laity of the diocese
for which the new bishop is to be consecrated, are assigned appropriate
duties in the service.

From the beginning of the service until the Offertory, the chief
consecrator presides from a chair placed close to the people, so that all
may see and hear what is done. The other bishops, or a convenient
number of them, sit to the right and left of the chief consecrator.

The bishop-elect is vested in a rochet or alb, without stole, tippet, or
other vesture distinctive of ecclesiastical or academic rank or order.

When the bishop-elect is presented, his full name (designated by the
symbol N.N.) is used. Thereafter, it is appropriate to refer to him only by
the Christian name by which he wishes to be known.

At the Offertory, it is appropriate that the bread and wine be brought to
the Altar by the family or friends of the newly ordained.

The family of the newly ordained may receive Communion before other
members of the congregation. Opportunity is always given to the people
to communicate.

Additional Directions are on page 552.

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