When I was confirmed, nearly 50 years ago, I
learnt of the consecration of bishops, the ordination of priests,
and the making of deacons. Although it seems still to be customary
to consecrate bishops, I frequently read of the priesting of
priests and the ordination of deacons. Has the terminology changed,
or is this an informal usage that the layman can
Because some were trying to score points concerning
the "making of deaconesses" and the "making of deacons", I once
looked into this. The wording on the title page ofthe 1662 Ordinal,
"Making, Ordaining and Consecrating of Bishops, Priests, and
Deacons", dates from the Ordinal ofc.1600. Note the order in the
title, which is different from that used in each section, so that
in their section deacons are "made".
Some medieval ordinals used "make" for all three
orders; some used "ordain" for all three; yet others used
"consecrate" for all three. This probably indicates that these
words were understood to be equivalent.
Common Worship: Ordination Services uses
"ordination" for all three orders, except in the case of bishops it
is called "Ordination and Consecration", and the text reads: "we
present him to be ordained and consecrated to the office of bishop
in the Church of God." No explanation is given in the notes. (I do
not have a copy of the "Study Edition".)
(The Revd Sister) Teresa CSA
The CW Study Edition notes that the text for
the consecration of bishops included the phrase "ordained and
consecrated" in both 1662 and 1980 (Alternative Service Book).
The change from "Ordaining or Consecrating" (1662
title) and "Ordination or Consecration"(1980 title) is said to be
because "Today, . . . the phrase 'ordination or consecration' might
be heard as implying alternative understandings of the same event,
rather than merely alternative names for it." (Debate about this
matter in the General Synod in February 2005 related to whether
bishops were understood as a separate order from presbyters.)
The title page of a printed edition of the 1550
Ordinal refers to the "Making and Consecrating of Archbishops,
Bishops, Priests and Deacons"; and a 1559 Ordinal title page
retains the same formula "Making and Consecrating" (see images at
Why are so many English village churches to
be found so far from the villages that they serve?
Which "senior Privy Counsellors" (Sir Tony
Baldry, Synod, 12 July)
are "putting their minds to" "sorting" the question of women
bishops if the General Synod cannot? Has the Privy Council "sorted"
anything for the Church of England in the past? If so, what
happened? Could they "sort" it for the Roman Catholics in England,
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