The bishops and people sit. Representatives of the diocese, both Priests and Lay Persons, standing before the Presiding Bishop, present the bishop-elect, saying
N., Bishop in The Episcopal Church
of God, the clergy and people of the Diocese of N., trusting in the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and in our ability to choose the candidate who makes us most comfortable with ourselves, have chosen N.N. to be a bishop and chief pastor. We therefore ask you to lay your hands upon him and in the power of the Holy Spirit to consecrate him a bishop in The one, holy, catholic, and apostolicEpiscopal Church.
The Presiding Bishop then directs that testimonials of the election be read.
When the reading of the testimonials is ended, the Presiding Bishop requires the following promise from the Bishop-elect
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, I, N.N., chosen Bishop of the Church in N., solemnly declare that I do believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, except when they declare things I know to be contrary to our modern experience, and to contain
all many things necessary to our collective (and not individual) salvation; and I do solemnly engage to conform to the doctrine, discipline, and worship of The Episcopal Church as declared and defined from time to time by her Reverence, our Presiding Bishop.
The Bishop-elect then signs the above Declaration in the sight of all present. The witnesses add their signatures.
The Presiding Bishop then says the following, or similar words, and asks the response of the people
Brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, you have heard testimony given that N.N. has been duly and lawfully elected to be a bishop of the Church of God to serve in the Diocese of N. You have
been assured us of his suitability and you know that the Church has approved him for this sacred responsibility. Nevertheless, if any of you know any reason why we should not proceed, let it now be made known.
If no objection is made, the Presiding Bishop continues
Is it your will that we ordain N. a bishop?
The People respond in these or other words
The People respond in these or other words
All kneel, and the Person appointed leads the Litany for Ordinations, or some other approved litany. At the end of the litany, after the Kyries, the Presiding Bishop stands and reads the Collect for the Day, or the following Collect, or both, first saying
O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquillity the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, those who were excluded are being included, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom
The Ministry of the Word
40:1 I relied completely on the Lord,
and he turned toward me
and heard my cry for help.
40:2 He lifted me out of the watery pit,
out of the slimy mud.
He placed my feet on a rock
and gave me secure footing.
40:3 He gave me reason to sing a new song,
praising our God.
May many see what God has done,
so that they might swear allegiance to him and trust in the Lord!
40:4 How blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord
and does not seek help from the proud or from liars!
40:5 O Lord, my God, you have accomplished many things;
you have done amazing things and carried out your purposes for us.
No one can thwart you!
I want to declare them and talk about them,
but they are too numerous to recount!
40:6 Receiving sacrifices and offerings are not your primary concern.
You make that quite clear to me!
You do not ask for burnt sacrifices and sin offerings.
40:7 Then I say,
“Look! I come!
What is written in the scroll pertains to me.
40:8 I want to do what pleases you, my God.
Your law dominates my thoughts.”
40:9 I have told the great assembly about your justice.
Look! I spare no words!
O Lord, you know this is true.
40:10 I have not failed to tell about your justice;
I spoke about your reliability and deliverance;
I have not neglected to tell the great assembly about your loyal love and faithfulness.
40:11 O Lord, you do not withhold your compassion from me.
May your loyal love and faithfulness continually protect me!
40:12 For innumerable dangers surround me.
My sins overtake me
so I am unable to see;
they outnumber the hairs of my head
so my strength fails me.
40:13 Please be willing, O Lord, to rescue me!
O Lord, hurry and help me!
40:14 May those who are trying to snatch away my life
be totally embarrassed and ashamed!
May those who want to harm me
be turned back and ashamed!
40:15 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”
be humiliated and disgraced!
40:16 May all those who seek you be happy and rejoice in you!
May those who love to experience your deliverance say continually,
“May the Lord be praised!”
40:17 I am oppressed and needy!
May the Lord pay attention to me!
3:1 This saying is trustworthy: “If someone aspires to the office of bishop, he desires a good work.” 3:2 The bishop then must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, an able teacher, [pause for laughter] 3:3 not a drunkard, not violent, but gentle, not contentious, free from the love of money. [Pause for great laughter.] 3:4 He must manage his own household well and keep his children in control without losing his dignity. [Pause for a consecrating bishop to interject: "I'd like to have a word with whoever it was who selected this reading."] 3:5 But if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for the church of God? 3:6 He must not be a recent convert or he may become arrogant and fall into the punishment that the devil will exact. 3:7 And he must be well thought of by those outside the faith, so that he may not fall into disgrace and be caught by the devil’s trap. [Wait for laughter to die down before continuing.]
People Glory to you, Lord Christ.
24:44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled.” 24:45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the scriptures, 24:46 and said to them, “Thus it stands written that the Christ would suffer and would rise from the dead on the third day, 24:47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 24:48 You are witnesses of these things. 24:49 And look, I am sending you what my Father promised. [Pause for consecrating bishop to interject: "That's more like it."]
Broadly speaking, the Episcopal Church is in conflict with Scripture. The only way to justify it is to say, well, Jesus talks about the Spirit guiding the church and guiding believers and bringing to their awareness things they cannot deal with yet . . . this has led the church to in effect contradict the words of the Gospel.
All now sit, except the bishop-elect, who stands facing the bishops. The Presiding Bishop addresses the bishop-elect
Bishop Will you accept this call and fulfill this trust in obedience to Christ?
Bishop Will you be faithful in prayer, and in the study of Holy Scripture, that you may have the mind of Christ?
Bishop As a chief priest and pastor, will you encourage and support all baptized people in their gifts and ministries, nourish them from the riches of God’s grace, pray for them without ceasing, and celebrate with them the sacraments of our redemption, making provision for a generous pastoral response to meet the needs of members of this Church? [Here the Bishop may wink twice.]
Answer I will, in the name of Christ, the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls. [Winks back.]
Bishop Will you share with your fellow bishops in the government of the whole Church; will you sustain your fellow presbyters and take counsel with them, using indaba techniques wherever possible; will you guide and strengthen the deacons and all others who minister in the Church?
Answer I will, by the grace given me.
Bishop Will you be merciful to all, show compassion to the poor and strangers with appropriate placards, take tea with the Queen at Lambeth, and defend those who have no helper?
All stand. The Presiding Bishop then says