The Rite of Ordination
During the Mass for the Ordination of a Bishop the rites
concerning the consecration and installation of the new bishop
take place after the liturgy of the Word.
After the Gospel was sung by Rev. Gerald Sharkey, a
deacon of the Pontifical Scots College, following tradition
the congregation prayed for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit:
Veni Creator Spiritus.
The Presentation of the Candidate
Bishop-Elect Tartaglia stood before the Archbishop
accompanied by his two priest sponsors. Monsignor Carlin, a
personal friend of the Bishop-elect and priest of the Diocese
of Paisley asked the Archbishop to ordain Bishop-elect. After
inquiring that a mandate was present from the Holy See, the
Archbishop called for the reading of the mandate.
The mandate was given by the Bishop-Elect to Monsignor
Joseph Marino, the First Counsellor at the Apostolic
Nunciature, who showed the mandate to the diocesan college of
consultors and then read it to the congregation.
Archbishop Conti then gave a homily. The Bishop-Elect is
pictured listening to the Archbishop's words.
Examination of the Candidate
As he stood before the Archbishop, the Bishop-Elect was
asked eight questions handed down by the Church's tradition
before he could proceed to be ordained. The Archbishop then
invited the congregation to pray to the saints for the person
to be ordained. During the Litany of the Saints the
Bishop-Elect prostrated himself as the Church in Heaven and on
earth prayed for him.
Laying on of Hands
Two essential elements of the Ordination are the Laying on
of Hands and the Prayer of Consecration. Archbishop Conti,
followed by the two appointed co-consecrating Bishops
(Archbishop Raymond Burke & Bishop John Mone), and then
the other Bishops present laid hands on the Bishop-Elect.
The Book of the Gospels and Prayer of Consecration
The open Book of the Gospels was then placed over the
Bishop-elect's head and then the prayer of consecration sung
by the Archbishop. The central words were spoken together by
all the bishops present:
So now pour out upon this chosen one that
power which is from you, the governing Spirit whom you gave to
your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, the Spirit given by him to the
holy apostles, who founded the Church in every place to be
your temple for the unceasing glory and praise of your name.
of the Bishop's Head
The new Bishop was then anointed on the head with the
Sacred Chrism as the Archbishop said: God has brought you to share the high
priesthood of Christ, may he pour out on you the oil of
mystical anointing and enrich you with spiritual blessings.
of the Book of the Gospels
the Archbishop then presented the new Bishop with the Book
of the Gospels.
Investiture with Ring, Mitre and Pastoral Staff
As the Archbishop spoke the following words, Bishop John
Mone, the third Bishop of Paisley handed the pastoral staff to
Bishop Philip Tartaglia, the fourth Bishop of Paisley: Take this staff as a sign of your pastoral
office: keep watch over the whole flock in which the Holy
Spirit has appointed you to shepherd the Church of God.
Seating of the Bishop & Sign of Peace
The new Bishop of Paisley then was led to the Cathedra by
The new Bishop exchanged the Kiss of Peace with the other
Profession of Faith
The new Bishop then invited the assembly to make the
Profession of Faith. The Creed is recited during each Sunday
celebration of the Eucharist.
Liturgy of the Eucharist
Bishop Philip then presided over the Liturgy of the
Hymn of Thanksgiving and Blessing
As part of the concluding rites the hymn
Te Deum was sung. Meanwhile the newly ordained bishop,
after taking the staff, was led by two of the consecrating
bishops and assisting priests through the church and the hall
and he blessed the congregation.
Address of the New Bishop
After returning from the Cathedral halls, which provided an
overflow for almost 500 people, the Bishop addressed the
congregation. The text of this address can be found by
following the link below.
Bishop's Address at the Conclusion of
Bishop Philip Tartaglia with his Brother, Fr. Gerard
Bishop Tartaglia with Family
All pictures by Paul McSherry
The Entrance Procession
Mandate from the Holy See
(pictured left, a translation of the Apostolic Letter is on
the page dedicated it. )
Mgr. Marino reading the Papal Bull
also gave a Message from the Papal Nuncio, which can be read
by clicking here
Archbishop Conti's Homily can be read by clicking here.
The Bishop-Elect is accompanied by his
Brother, Fr. Gerard Tartaglia and friend Fr. Peter Gallacher.
The Bishop-elect prostrates during the
Litany of the Saints.
Archbishop Conti at the laying on of hands.
Bishop John Mone, Bishop-Emeritus of
Paisley at the laying on of hands.
Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien at the
laying on of hands.
the Gospels and preach the word of God with unfailing patience
and sound teaching.
this ring, the seal of your fidelity. With faith and love
protect the bride of God, his holy Church.
the Mitre is placed on the new Bishop's head, Archbishop Conti
places the zuchetto on his head.
O'Brien and Bishop Tartaglia exchange the Sign of Peace.
the Creed all bow in commemoration of the Incarnation.
The Congregation shares the Sign of Peace