The Ordination of a Priest | Preface to Ordinations | Additional Directions

Concerning the Service

*When a bishop is to confer Holy Orders, at least two presbyters must be present.*

*From the beginning of the service until the Offertory, the bishop presides from a chair placed close to the people, and facing them, so that all may see and hear what is done.*

*The ordinand is to be vested in surplice or alb, without stole, tippet, or other vesture distinctive of ecclesiastical or academic or order.*

*When the ordinand is presented, his full name (designated by the symbol N.N.) is used. Thereafter, it is appropriate to refer to him only by the Christian name by which he wishes to be known.*

*At the Offertory, it is appropriate that the bread and wine be brought to the Altar by the family and friends of the newly ordained.*

*At the Great Thanksgiving, the new priest and other priests stand at the Altar with the bishop, as associates and fellow ministers of the Sacrament, and communicate with the bishop.*

*The family of the newly ordained may receive Communion before other members of the congregation. Opportunity is always given to the people to communicate.*