In Rome the consecration takes place in a consecrated church or in the papal chapel (Cong. This is not of Divine but of Apostolic institution (Santi, "Praelectiones Juris Canonici", Vol. Mass is now begun at the foot of the consecrator Us altar and continued down to "Oremus. T he elect is then led by the assistant bishop to the side altar, at which, having been clad in his pontifical vestments, he continues the Mass, simultaneously with the consecrator, down to the last verse of the Gradual, Tract, or Sequence exclusively, without any change in the liturgy, except that the collect for the elect is added to the prayer of the day under one conclusion.
T he elect is again presented to the consecrator, who sets forth the duties and powers of a bishop : "It behooves a bishop to judge, interpret, consecrate, offer, baptize and confirm." The clergy and the faithful are then invited to pray that God may bestow the abundance of His grace on the elect.
That this is the essential form has been the constant belief and teaching of both the Eastern and Western Churches ( Renaudot, "Liturgiarum Orientalium Collection", I, i). 2sqq.) holds that the consecration of a bishop, when the consecrator is assisted by one priest, although the Apostolic Brief required two assistant priests, is valid although illicit . If it is delayed beyond this time without sufficient reason, the bishop is obliged to relinquish the revenues to which he is entitled; if it is delayed six months, he may be deprived of his episcopal see (Conc. It takes place during mass celebrated by both the consecrator and the bishop-elect.Here we have the act of consecration consisting of purifying, investing, and anointing ( Leviticus 8 ) as a preparation for their offering public sacrifice.The placing of the meat in their hands ( Exodus 29 ) was considered an essential part of the ceremony of consecration, whence the expression filling the hand has been considered identical with consecrating.The rite of their consecration is described in Numbers, viii.Another kind of personal consecration among the Hebrews was that of the Nazarites ( Numbers 6 ).