Once the bishop has found the songbook holding the paper, he will read the phrase or verse written on the slip. He will then then announce the man's name. The man is then asked to stand, while the bishop explains the duties and responsibilities of his new position, and asks that he promises to faithfully fulfill them. After he agrees, the bishop and the other ministers then greet him with a handshake and a holy kiss. The rest of the brethren in the congregation may do so as well, while the women greet the wife of the newly ordained, giving words of comfort, as the burden may fall upon her husband, it affects her as well.
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In an apparent show of humility, no congratulatory words are spoken to the newly chosen minister, but rather words of consolation and support. In one particular case we know, the newly-selected minister cried for days and the congregation milked his cows for two weeks. When both our brother-in-law and nephew were chosen, solemn phone calls were made informing us of their fearful responsibility. Certainly the occasion of their selection and call has forever changed their lives and the lives of their children.
Bishop Nomination and Ordination - Bishop ordinations are very similar to minister ordinations. The difference being that only ministers can progress to bishop, and the ordination most often involves two or more bishops. Most congregations require the same number or nominations as they do when they select a minister. When a bishop is ordained, unlike in minister selection, he kneels rather than stand. Usually two or three other bishops preside over his ordination.
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Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
February 15, 2013