Some years ago, when I had attended a choral performance in St. Thomas Cathedral, Fort, before the start of the performance the Anglican pastor announced that the cathedral was a holy place and the audience was requested not to clap or to speak unduly loud during the intermission. The cover of The Examiner, July 6, shows Cardinal Oswald Gracias clapping after he had completed the ordination of his two auxiliaries on June 29, inside St. Michael’s Church, Mahim. Clapping has become a regular feature in Mumbai churches at marriages. Would the church authorities of the Archdiocese of Bombay please take note of how the Anglicans respect what they honour as the House of God? John Menezes
Some comparisons of the Traditional in Green and 1968 rites of Episcopal Consecration in RED
Action Traditional rite 1968 rite Imposition of hands and position of the Book of the Gospels
The consecrator, with the help of the assisting bishops, places the Book of the Gospels on the shoulders and neck of the Bishop Elect (B.E.). and it remains there during the Imposition of Hands, the Preface which ends with the Form of the Sacrament, the Veni Creator, the annointing of the B.E.’s crown, continuation of the Preface, annointing of the B.E.’s hands, blessing and handing over of the crozier and ring, and thereafter only is the Book of the Gospels lifted and handed over to the B.E.
The imposition of hands is without the Book of Gospels, then thereafter the consecrator places the open book on the head of the B.E. and the deacons on both sides raise it when the prayer of consecration is begun, and hold it above his head till the prayer of consecration is over.
Invocation by consecrator on handing the Book of the Gospels to the B.E.
Take thou the Gospel, and go forth, preach to the people who are entrusted to thee. For God is powerful, to augment his grace for thee, who liveth and reigneth for ever and ever, Amen.
Receive the Gospel and preach the word of God, always teaching with great patience.
The Consecrator intones the Te Deum, the Church’s hymn of praise, and the choir continues
The consecrator smiles and claps and the bishops, clergy and faithful present join.