New Rite of Episcopal Consecration

Catholic Rite

Conciliar Rite

Fill up in Thy priest the perfection of Thy ministry, and sanctify him with the dew of Thy heavenly ornaments of all beauty.

So now pour out upon this chosen one that power which is from you the governing spirit when you gave to your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, the Spirit given by him to the holy apostles, who founded the Church in every place to be your temple for the unceasing glory and praise of your name.

In Sacramentum Ordinis of Pope Pius XII which determined the essential Rites for Ordination we read: ‟Finally in the Episcopal Ordination or Consecration, the matter is the imposition of hands which is done by the Bishop consecrator. … All these things are to be done as was determined by Our Apostolic Constitution Episcopalis Consecrationis of 30 November, 1944.”

Episcopalis Consecrationis provides: ‟Although for the validity of episcopal consecration only one Bishop is required and sufficient, provided he perform the essential rites, nevertheless the two Bishops who, according to the ancient practice and the prescription of the Roman Pontifical assist at the consecration, must, together with the Consecrator, being themselves Consecrators, not only touch the head of the Bishop-elect with both hands while they say ‘Accipe Spiritum Sanctum,’ but, having beforehand formed the intention of confessing episcopal consecration together with the Bishop who is Consecrator, must also recite the prayer, ‘Propitiare’ with the entire Preface which follows it, and likewise, throughout the entire rite, read in a low voice everything which the Consecrator reads or sings, except the prayers prescribed for the blessing of the pontifical vestments which are to be imposed in the rite of consecration.”

The imposition of hands in the New Rite of Episcopal Consecration is done in complete silence.