The consecration of a Catholic bishop..a beautiful ceremony going back to Our Lord himself! In these pictures, we see Pope St. John XXIII consecrating bishops, as well as Pope Paul VI. In the old rite as well as the new, the bishop elect is interrogated by the consecrator. In the old rite, some of the questions are:
Q. Will you teach the people for whom you are ordained, both by words and by example, the things you understand from the divine Scriptures?R. I will.Q. Will you receive, keep and teach with reverence the traditions of the orthodox fathers and the decretal constitutions of the Holy and Apostolic See?R. I will.Q. Will you exhibit in all things fidelity, submission, obedience, according to canonical authority, to Blessed Peter the Apostle, to whom was given by God the power of binding and of loosing, and to his Vicar our Holy Father, Pope N. and to his successors the Roman Pontiffs?R. I will.Q. Will you refrain in all your ways from evil and, as far as you are able, with the help of the Lord, direct them to every good?R. I will.Q. Will you observe and teach with the help of God, chastity and sobriety?R. I will.Q. Will you, as far as your human frailty shall allow, always be given up to divine affairs and abstain from worldly matters or sordid gains?R. I will.Q. Will you, for the Lord’s sake, be affable and merciful to the poor and to pilgrims and all those in need?R. I will."