Diocese of Eshowe - Our Bishop
Msgr. Xolelo Thaddeus Kumalo
BISHOP OF ESHOWE
Little Flower School Grounds
07 JUNE 2008
Lord Jesus Christ, shepherd and leader of your church assist our new
Bishop Thaddeus with the power of your blessing that he may inflame us by
his zeal and be an example for us by his conduct. May he be able to carry us
through his love, strengthen us through his patience, keep us in the joy of
the Holy Spirit, bless us by his prayers, instruct us by his teaching unite
us to Your Holy People and lead us to a genuine service of you and your
family in spirit and truth. Amen.
Principal Ordaining Bishop: Rt Rev.
Hubert Bucher Bishop of Bethlehem
Assisting Bishops: His Eminence, Wilfrid Cardinal Napier
OFM (Archbishop of Durban).
His Excellency, Most Rev Buti Tlhagale OMI (Archbishop of Johannesburg).
Homilist: Rt Rev. Bishop William Slattery OFM (Bishop of
MC: Frs SB Mhlongo & MP Nkosi
Chaplains: Frs Michael Mayer OSB & DB Xulu
Welcome Fr Jabulani VA Ndaba
Presenter: Very Rev Abbot Godfrey Sieber OSB
RITE OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION
CB = Principal Ordaining Bishop
BE = Bishop-Elect
PR = Presentor
DC = Deacon
A = All
The Ordination of the Bishop takes place after the
proclamation of the Holy Gospel
Presentation of the Bishop-Elect
One of the priests addresses the ordaining bishop:
Most Reverend Father, the Church of Eshowe requests that you
ordain the priest THADDEUS XOLELO KUMALO for the office of Bishop
CB: Do you have the Apostolic mandate?
PR: We have it.
CB: Then let it be read
All sit while the mandate is read
PR: These are the words of the Mandate.
All respond by singing:
A: Kabongwe uNkulunkulu
Rt Rev Bishop William Slattery - Bishop of Kokstad
The Bishop-elect then rises and stands in front of
the ordaining Bishop, who examines him…
CB: Kuliqiniso elidala lesinqumo sawo Baba ukuba uMbishobhi –mbekwa
abuzwe imibuzo phambi kwamakholwa ephathelene nokugcina kwakhe ukholo
nesikhundla sakhe sobuBhishobhi. Mnewethu othandekayo, uzimisele yini
ngegrasiya loMoya Ocwebileyo ukusebenzisa isikhundla sakho ngokuyikho kuze
kube sekufeni kwakho, isikhundla phela osuzosithola khona manje ngokubekwa
CB: Uzimisele yini ukuthembeka nokubambelela ngqi ekushumayeleni I Vangeli
CB: Are you resolved to maintain the content of faith, entire and
uncorrupted, as handed down by the apostles and professed by the Church at
all times and places?
BE: I am
CB: Uzimisele yini ukwethembeka njalo ngokulalela umlandeli kaPetro Oc
webileyo uMphostole na?
CB: Are you resolved as a devoted father to sustain the people of God in
co-operation with the priests and deacons who share your ministry and to
guide them in the way of salvation?
BE: I am
CB: Uzimisele yini ukukhombisa umusa nozwelo kubantu abampofu na
kubafokazana nakubo bonke abadinga usizo egameni leNkosi yethu na?
CB: Are you resolved as a good shepherd to seek out the sheep who stray and
to gather them into the fold of the Lord?
BE: I am
CB: Uzimisele yini ukuthandazela abantu bakaNkulunkulu ngaphandle
kokukhawula nokuqhuba kahle umsebenzi wakho esikhundleni esi phakeme
kakkhulu ebupristen okungangokuba kungeze kwaba khona sikhonondo na?
BE: Yebo, ngizimisele ngokusizwa nguNkulunkulu
CB: Sengathi uNkulunkulu oqale lomsebenzi omuhle kuwena angawuqedela
ILITHANI LABACWEBILEYO BONKE LITANY OF ALL SAINTS
All Stand and the ordaining bishop, without his
mitre, invites all to pray:
CB: Bazalwane abathandekayo, asithandazele lomuntu okhethelwe ukufeza
izidingo zeBandla. Asithandazele ukuba uNkulunkulu uSo mandla ngokulunga
kwakhe amgcwalise ngamagrasiya akhe
The Bishop elect prostrates himself and the rest
kneel at their places.
DC: Asiguqe sonke
Mariy ‘ ongcwele Nina kaNkulunkulu
Nina nonke Zingelosi
Johannes ongcwele Umbhabhadisi
Marai Magdalena Ocwebileyo
Ignatius ongcwele Wase Antioch
Maria Gorret Ocwebileyo
Thaddeus ongcwele 3x
John Maria Vianney Ocwebileyo
Sikhulekelen Sikhulekeleni 2x
Kuko konke okubi
Ngokuthum‘ uMoya Oyingcwele
Thina zoni sizwe
Ake ubusise Bandla lakho
Qinis ‚ uPhapha wethu
Qinisa nabo bonke
Abondl‘ ibandla lakho
Senze sibe nhliziyonye
Thina zoni sizwe
CB: Ake uhlahlamelise lesisikhethwa sakho
CB: Ake uhlahlamelise, ucwebise, lesisikhethwa sakho
CB: Ake uhlahlamelise, ucwebise, ugcobele inkonzo yobuBhishobhi
A: Thina zoni sizwe siyakuncenga
After the Litany of All Saints, the principal
ordaining bishop alone stands and with hands joined says:
CB: Lord be moved by our prayers. Anoint your servant with the fullness of
priestly grace, and bless him with spiritual power in all its richness. We
ask this through Christ our Lord
LAYING ON OF HANDS
IMPOSITION OF THE EVANGELIUM
The ordaining Bishop places the open book of the
Gospels upon the head of the bishop elect, designated priests hold the Book
of the Gospels above his head until the power of consecration is completed.
PRAYER OF CONSECRATION
The principal-consecrator with his hands extended
over the Bishop-elect, says the prayer of consecration aloud
CB: Yise weNkosi uJesu Kristo, Nkulunkulu onesihe, wena unikeza intoko malo
kuwo wonke umuntu, uthi usezulwini ube unakekela izi dalwa zakho ngisho
nezincane, wena Somandla wazo zonke izinto ngisho zingakenzeki. Ukwembulelwa
nguwe sekuqophe phansi imithetho ye Bandla lakho, lokhu wakukhombisa
kwakhona ekuqaleni ngabantu abalungileyo bakaAbraham owababeka uphawu.
Kwakhona ekuqaleni kulelo- Bandla wamisa inkambiso yalo kanye nobupriste,
ukuze indawo yakho eyingcwele ingasali buze ngaphandle kwemininingwane yezin
konzo. Kusukela ekuqaleni komhlaba wawuyilokhu ujatshuliswa wu kudunyiswa
The following part of the prayer is prayed by all
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.
Then the principal-consecrator continues alone:
CB: Father, you know all hearts. You have chosen your servant for the office
of Bishop. May he be a shepherd to your holy flock, and a high priest
blameless in your sight, ministering to you night and day; may he always
gain the blessings of your favour and offer the gifts of your holy Church.
Through the Spirit who gives the grace of high priesthood grant him power to
forgive sins as you have decreed, and to loose every bond by the authority
which you gave to your apostles. May he be pleasing to you by his gentleness
and purity of heart, present ing a fragrant offering to you, through Jesus
Christ your Son, through whom glory and power and honour are yours with the
Holy Spirit in your Church now and forever.
ANOINTING OF THE BISHOP’S HEAD
The principal consecrator takes the Chrism and
anoints the head of the Bishop, saying:
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.
The principal consecrator hands the Book of the
Gospels to the newly ordained Bishop and says:
CB: Receive the Gospel and preach the word of God with unfailing pa tience
and sound teaching.
INVESTITURE: RING, MITRE AND CROSIER UKUGQOKISWA: INDANDATHO, ISIGQOKO
The principal consecrator places the ring on the
finger of the new Bishop’s right hand, saying:
CB: Yamukela lendandatho njengesibonakaliso nophawu lokholo. Lon doloza
ukholo, ulondoloze uvikele iBandla eliyingcwele elingumakoti kaNkulunkulu.
The principal consecrator places the mitre on the
head of the new Bishop, in silence: He then gives him the crosier and says:
CB: 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
The newly ordained Bishop is asked to sit on the
Bishop’s chair, after which the principal consecrator sits at his right.
KISS OF PEACE/ UKWANGANA KOXOLO
The newly ordained Bishop then receives the kiss of
peace from the principal consecrator and all the other Bishops present. At
this time the Secretary General of the SACBC introduces them as they come up
one by one. All the clergy of the diocese follow suit
(Abbot Godfrey Sieber O.S.B. of Inkamana Abbey)
The principal finally presents the newly ordained
Bishop to the faithful of his Diocese.
(Wilfried Cardinal Napier, Bishop Hubert Bucher, Bishop Xolelo Kumalo)
Ad multos annos!
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