Last night Father Ray and I joined the Clergy, Religious, and Faithful of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the Diocese of San Jose to pray Vespers at Mission Santa Clara de Asis. During the Liturgy, Bishop-elect made his Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity to God and the Church. This is the final preparation before his Episcopal Ordination on Wednesday at the Cathedral Basilica of San Jose.
So now, pour out upon this chosen one that power which is from you, the governing Spirit, whom 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. ~Prayer of Ordination of a Bishop
“For you, I am a bishop; with you, I am a Christian. The former is a title of duty; the latter, one of grace… Assist me by your prayerful support.” ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo
The following is the description from the Worship Aide for this Wednesday’s Ordination:
Ring: The presentation of the ring symbolizes the Bishop’s fidelity to the Bride of God, the Church.
Miter: Abbots, Bishops, and Cardinals may wear the miter, a liturgical head covering that signifies the crown of holiness the Bishop is to bear at all times.
Crosier: This is the shepherd’s staff that reflects the Bishop’s role of guiding the flock of Christ with steadfast care and courage.