The Catholic Church in India released the new revised ordination ritual for bishops and priests on April 18.
Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay presented the new guidelines at a simple function at the Archbishop’s House in Bangalore, capital city of the southern state of Karnataka.
Cardinal Gracias handed the first copy of the ritual to Archbishop Peter Machado of Bangalore in the presence of Father Stephen Alathara, deputy secretary general of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India, Father Vignan Das, associate director of Communio, and other guests.
The revised ritual will replace the current ritual for the ordination of bishops, priests, and deacons, according to a CCBI press statement.
The new edition of the English translation of “De Ordinationeepiscopi, presbyterorum, et diaconorum, editio typica altera” has been approved by the Dicastery for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments in 1990 and 2011.
The CCBI canonically approved the English translation during its 31st plenary assembly on January 7-14, 2019. It was subsequently confirmed by the Apostolic See by the Decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on February 22, 2021.
The Decree issued by Cardinal Filipe Neri Ferrão, CCBI president, on November 11, 2022, states that the CCBI “decrees the publication of this edition of Ordination of Bishops, Priests and Deacons for liturgical use in all the dioceses of the Latin Catholic Church in India from this date, replacing all previous publications currently in use.”
The Ritual Ordination of Bishops, Priests and Deacons is published by the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India.