Monday, July 06, 2009

Episcopal Consecration in Croatia (Byzantine Rite)

One of our Croatian readers took some screenshots of the consecration ceremonies of Msgr. Nikola Kekić, Bishop of Križevci (Byzantine rite) in Croatia. The consecration happened on Saturday, July 4th in the Greek Catholic cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Križevci:

The consecrator was Msgr. Slavomir Miklovš, the apostolic administrator of the Eparchy of Križevci. The co-consecrators were the archbishop and metropolitan of Zagreb, Cardinal Josip Bozanić, and the apostolic nuncio in the Republic of Croatia, Archbishop Mario Roberto Cassari, who read the bull of appointment at the beginning of the ceremony.

In the homily, Cardinal Bozanić noted that this episcopal ordination conducted according to the Byzantine-Slavic Rite in the Greek Catholic cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Križevci has historical significance. According to the chronicles, all the bishops of Kreževci have been installed outside their episcopal see. He also called attention to the significance of this Byzantine-Slavic ceremony of episcopal ordination, which consists of three parts: the announcement of the appointment, profession of faith and consecration.

Source: IKA Zagreb

These photos and their descriptions (provided by our anonymous reader) give us a chance to explore some of the Eastern liturgical rites.

The letter of Benedict XVI

Bishop-elect between archdeacon and archpriest

Profession of Faith

The Bishop-elect is led around the Altar

Ordination Prayers

Bishop Kekić is dressed in the Sakkos

Bishop Kekić is dressed in the Omophorion

Bishop Kekić is dressed in the Panagia

Bishop Kekić is dressed in the Mitre

Bishop Kekić is here shown in a type of choral vesture

Cardinal Bozanić hands bishop Kekić pastoral staff

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