My friend and I were wondering what things, items or people get "consecrated" any more. Recently we heard that bishops are not consecrated, but ordained.

--Questioning in Cuba


Canon law reserves the term "consecration" for two sacramentals: the consecration of the sacred chrism and the rite of consecration to a life of virginity. Anachronistically, it is also used at times for the ordination of a bishop. As you mention, in the Rite of Ordination of a Bishop, a bishop is "ordained." Before the revised rites, he was "consecrated."

Before 1977, church buildings were consecrated. With the new ritual, they are now "dedicated."


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