The Diocese of Des Moines
Confirmation Liturgy: Miter and Crosier
April 23, 2015
Written By: Kyle Lechtenberg

'Tis the season! Bishop Pates has about 55 confirmation liturgies scheduled in the next several months. I'll try to post some of the questions that come to the office for the benefit of all our parishes. First up: 

When does the bishop wear the miter (bishop's hat) and when does he take the crosier (staff)?

At a confirmation the bishop will wear the miter: 

  • During the entrance procession (handing it to a server before bowing to the altar)
  • When seated during the Liturgy of the Word
  • After the prayer of laying on of hands, when anointing confirmandi with Chrism
  • After the Communion prayer and any announcements are made; just before the dialogue "The Lord be with you," which precedes the final blessing" and through the recessional procession

At a confirmation liturgy, the bishop will take the crosier: 

  • During the entrance procession (handing it to a server before bowing to the altar)
  • At the Gospel proclamation (after the greeting by the deacon or priest)
  • After the solemn blessing/prayer over the people and just before the final blessing "May almighty God bless you..." and through the recessional procession

As always, please contact the Worship Office at 515.237.5046 with questions that arise!


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