Holiness Pope Pius XIII
Kalispell, Montana, USA - Pope Pius XIII was today consecrated
as a Bishop of the Catholic Church. This solemn rite of episcopal
consecration can be found in its entirety at http://www.truecatholic.us/consecratebishop.htm.
The consecrator was + Gordon Cardinal Bateman of Victoria, Australia.
The ceremony was held in a rented hotel ballroom in Kalispell, Montana,
USA. There were 28 members of the faithful in attendance, some travelling
thousands of miles to witness this awe-inspiring event. Three were
recent converts, who the day prior, received conditional Baptism as well
as Confirmation from the pope.
A Pope, elected by either the College of Cardinals or by Catholics of
the remnant Catholic Church, may be a simple priest or even a layman, so
long as he caused to be conferred upon himself all the necessary ordinations
after his election. This is exactly what has happened today when
Pope Pius XIII, a priest of the Catholic Church, was consecrated as a Bishop,
the fullness of the priesthood.
The photos below record selected parts of
the Episcopal Consecration of Pope Pius XIII
The Oath of Office
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 Apostolic Mandate.
The Imposition of Hands
The bishop consecrator touches with both hands the head
of the one to be consecrated. The imposition of hands (with prayer)
is the essential rite by which episcopal power is conferred.
“Receive the Holy Ghost.”
“May these hands be anointed
sanctified oil and the chrism
as Samuel anointed David to
be King and
Prophet; so may they be anointed
The Anointing of the Hands
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.
The Elevation of
the Sacred Host
The Episcopal Consecration of Pius XIII was performed
during a concelebrated mass offered by Cardinal Bateman and Pope Pius XIII.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the pope, along with
Cardinal Bateman and the servers, walk in procession around the chapel
and the pope gives his Apostolic blessing to the faithful.
After the Ceremony:
||Gordon Cardinal Bateman
Bishop of the Catholic Church
His Holiness Pope Pius XIII (right)
After the ceremony, a reception was held to congratulate
the pope on his consecration to the Episcopacy. His Holiness was
in good spirits.