CONSECRATION OF A CHURCH ……………………………………………….184
Bishop. In the Name of God, the Father + and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost… C Amen
B: Let us pray. O God, omnipotent and omnipresent….who dost hallow
THE PURIFICATION OF THE ALTAR
B (sprinkles with aspergill altar and people) Let us pray. Almighty Father….
Through Christ our Lord C Amen
The procession of purification encircles the Church, the bishop sprinkling the walls and returns
CONSECRATION OF THE ALTAR
B makes the sign of the cross with Chrism upon the five crosses carved upon the altar-stone
And anoints the cross of the tabernacle or the altar cross with Chrism and says the prayer
O GOD WHOSE WISDOM MIGHTILY AND SWEETLY ORDERETH ALL THINGS….
***B WHEREFORE DO WE +CONSECRATE AND HALLOW + THIS ALTAR
to the glory of God, to the perfection of humanity, and in honour of His glorious Martyr, the holy St Alban…..(e g ) In the Name of the + Father and of The + Son and of the Holy + Ghost. C Amen
Procession of Consecration moves to the cross in the south-east corner singing…..
The Bishop anoints this cross with Chrism and says
O THOU WHOSE BEAUTY shines
***B WHEREFORE DO WE + CONSECRATE AND + HALLOW THIS TEMPLE ( as above….
(Procession moves to the cross in the south-west corner. The B anoints this cross with Chrism and says
O THOU GREAT MASTER-BUILDER who hast laid the foundations of the universe in order
*** B WHEREFORE DO WE + CONSECRATE AND + HALLOW THIS TEMPLE…….
Procession moves to the cross in the west singing. B anoints this cross with Chrism and says
O GOD, THE KING OF ANGELS, RULER OF ALL THE HOSTS OF HEAVEN, we praise Thee…
***B WHEREFORE DO WE + CONSECRATE AND + HALLOW THIS TEMPLE…..
Procession moves to the cross in the north-west corner singing….The B anoints the cross saying
B: O CHRIST, THE LORD OF LOVE, WE LAY OUR HEARTS UPON THY SHRINE..
*** WHEREFORE DO WE + CONSECRATE AND + HALLOW THIS TEMPLE ……..
Procession moves to the cross in the north-east corner singing. The B anoints the cross saying e g
B: O GOD , WHO MEETEST EVERY MAN UPON THAT PATH BY WHICH HE DRAWETH NIGH
*** WHEREFORE DO WE + CONSECRATE AND + HALLOW THIS TEMPLE TO THE GLORY…
Procession moves to the cross in the centre singing. The B anoints the cross saying e g
B. O GOD, THE ROCK OF AGES, THE STRENGTH OF ALL THEM THAT PUT THEIR TRUST IN
*** WHEREFORE., DO WE + CONSECRATE AND + HALLOW THIS TEMPLE TO THE GLORY
Procession enters the chancel singing the eight verse of the hymn. The celebration begins as usual
B O CHRIST, our divine Master, we thank You who will accept and ever hallow this temple
Which we have now dedicated to Thy holy Name. Incense of praise and thanksgiving shall rise within its wall that the lives of those who worship here may be truly in accordance with Thy most holy will who livest and reignest with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God through all ages of ages.
(The Collect of the Day and such other Collects as are usual follow here)
THE EPISTLE from the Revelation of St John the Divine,
21st chapter beginning at the second verse
THE GOSPEL from St John 14, 6 JESUS SAID: I am the way, the truth and the Life
At the end of the hymn Adeste Fideles, following the consecration the Host is placed within the monstrance
THE LITANY is singed Procession with monstrance moves through the body of Church
After the procession returns to the chancel, the Holy Eucharist is continued to the end