Full Legislative History
Resolution Number: 2006-A075
Title: Authorize rite of “The Renewal of Ministry with the Welcome of a New Rector”
Legislative Action Taken: Concurred as Amended
Final Text:

Resolved, That the 75th General Convention authorize the rite for “The Renewal of Ministry with the Welcome of a New Rector,” to be included in the Enriching Our Worship Series; and be it further

Resolved, That the proposed liturgies from the “Blue Book” report be changed as follows:

  1. That in the fourth paragraph of the rubric for Celebration of a New Ministry, [BB, pp. 185]:

    The presence of the Bishop is assumed throughout, although a representative may function in that capacity. The Bishop’s presence brings together the elements of mutuality and continuity. A rubric directs that “The Bishop states the purpose of the gathering,” providing an opportunity for education and encouragement. It is the Bishop’s prerogative to preside at the font and the table.

  2. That the following paragraph be added as the fifth paragraph, [BB, pp. 185]:

    As an alternative to the BCP rite “Celebration of a New Ministry,” this order is for use when a priest is being instituted and inducted as the rector of the parish. It may also be used for the installation of deans of cathedrals, or the inauguration of other ministries, diocesan or parochial, including vicars of missions and assistant ministers. Alterations in the service are then made according to circumstances.

  3. Following the Collect, [BB, pp. 186-187]:


    We have chosen and called N.N. to be our Rector, and he has accepted our call.


    I commend your choice and affirm this call.

    The Letter of Institution (BCP, p. 557) is read. The Bishop continues:

    Are you, the people of ______, ready to continue in your ministry, with N. as your priest?

    People We are.

  4. In blessing baptismal water, [BB, p. 188]:

    We pray you, O God, sanctify this water by the power of your Holy Spirit, that all who in baptism are cleansed from sin and born again may continue forever in the risen life of Jesus Christ our Savior.

  5. In the rubric before The Prayers, [BB, p. 189]:

    A baptismal hymn, psalm, or other song may be sung. The congregation may be sprinkled with the water.

  6. In the Rector’s prayer following the reception of a stole and/or flask of Oil for Healing, [BB, p. 189]: Rector

    Amen. Live without fear: your Creator has made you holy, loves you eternally, and reconciles you to one another.

    All stand. The new Rector says to the people

    The peace of Christ be always with you.

    People And also with you.

Citation: General Convention, Journal of the General Convention of...The Episcopal Church, Columbus, 2006 (New York: General Convention, 2007), pp. 508-509.