Service of Ordination & Consecration FAQs

FAQs About the Ordination and Consecration Service

Is the service open to everyone?

Yes. However, seating is limited. We ask that you RSVP by October 19 at one of the following links to reserve your seat.

We have tickets set aside for bishops and clergy and their spouses/partners, Bishop-elect Shannon Duckworth’s guests, participants in the service, and 330 tickets for parishioners and the general public in the nave of Christ Church Cathedral. If the nave fills up, RSVP will open up for the overflow seating in the Cathedral.  Please bring your ticket with you to check in and receive a wristband for entry into Christ Church Cathedral on the day of the Service of Ordination and Consecration.

Will the service be livestreamed?

Yes. The live stream can be viewed on Christ Church Cathedral’s YouTube Channel or Facebook Page. We encourage congregations to set up watch parties. Make it a fun and festive event for all! 


If you need assistance, please contact Karen Mackey at

Is there a hotel room block?

A block of 25 rooms has been reserved at Hotel Indigo New Orleans Garden District at a rate of $189 per night. To reserve your room, call 504-522-3650. The group block will expire on October 18.

The Hotel Indigo is located at 2203 St Charles Ave, New Orleans. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Joy Shackelford, executive assistant to the canon to the ordinary, at or (504) 895-6634.

Bishops have a separate hotel room block at the Windsor Court. More information here.

What time should I arrive on the day of the service?

The doors open at 10 a.m. Bishops and clergy should start vesting at 10:15 a.m. All people involved in the service should be in line for the processional by 10:45 a.m. The congregation should be seated by 10:45 a.m. You don’t want to miss the grand processional. Please bring your ticket with you to receive a wristband for entry into Christ Church Cathedral.


Only street parking is available around Christ Church Cathedral. We recommend carpooling.

Who will preside at the Ordination and Consecration Service?

The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, will be the chief consecrator. Co-consecrators will be the Rt. Rev. Morris King Thompson, Jr. and the Rt. Rev. Michael Buerkel Hunn. All bishops in the Episcopal Church are invited to attend.

The Very Reverend Richard Lawson, St. John’s Cathedral, Denver, Colorado, will be the preacher.

What are the vestments and other appointments of the bishop I will see in the service?

The ALB, the long white garment which is already being worn, is the garment that all the baptized receive at their baptism, and it is a reminder that we are all, in our baptisms, first children of God and co-heirs with Christ. in whom we all share in Christ’s royal priesthood.

The STOLE is worn by bishops, priests and deacons when officiating at the Eucharist or other sacramental celebrations. ‘The stole is linked to the towel used by Christ in washing the feet of his disciples, and is a fitting symbol of the yoke of Christ, the yoke of service.

The CHASUBLE is the outermost vestment in an oval or circular shape covering the other vestments worn by bishops and priests during the celebration of the Eucharist. The original Latin name of the chasuble, casula, or “little house,” reminds us of the universality of the Eucharist as Christs eternal wedding feast for all in the household of God.

A PECTORAL CROSS is exclusively worn by bishops as a symbol of their office both to the Church and the world, but also as a reminder of the daily duty they now carry.

Since the Middle Ages, each new bishop has received an EPISCOPAL RING as a sign of office. Like a wedding ring, an Episcopal Ring is a symbol of the bishop’s faithfulness to God and the Church. The ring is used as an official seal on documents that call for the bishop to affix a seal in wax. Each visiting bishop will impress a wax seal on the bishop’s ordination certificate before the liturgy begins.

The MITRE is perhaps the most distinctive symbol of the bishop. The shape of the mitre is reminiscent of the tongues of fire that rested on the heads of the Apostles gathered in the upper room on the Day of Pentecost. Attached to the back of the mitre are two strips of cloth, called fanons, which are symbolic of the spirit and authority of the Old and New Testaments. The mitre is a reminder of a bishop’s apostolic authority and ministry of “proclaiming Christ’s resurrection and interpreting the Gospel” to the Church and to the world.

The COPE is a long mantle or cloak, open in the front and fastened with a band or clasp across the chest. From the Latin capa, meaning cape, it may be worn by any order of the clergy on festival occasions.

Another distinctive symbol of a bishop is the CROZIER, a staff with a curved or hooked top similar in appearance to a traditional shepherd’s staff. It is an object that is not only symbolic of the bishop’s role as chief shepherd or pastor, but also of the governing office of the bishop; thus it is a symbol of mercy and compassion, but also of firmness and the correction of vices.

The ROCHET and CHIMERE are worn by bishops as “choir dress” in non-Eucharistic liturgies such as the Daily Office or in a diocese where a cope and mitre are not preferred. “Choir dress” is traditionally worn by clergy in public prayer when they are not part of the altar party and are seated in the choir. For example, if they are preaching but not presiding.


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