The Most Reverend
Frank Tracy Griswold
as Twenty-Fifth
Presiding Bishop
of the
Episcopal Church

The Cathedral Church
of Saint Peter and Saint Paul
in the City and Diocese of Washington

Saturday, January 10, 1998, 11:00 am

Welcome from Washington National Cathedral

In its time-honored role as a house of prayer for all people, Washington National Cathedral rejoices in this opportunity to serve as host for this truly national celebration marking the installation of the Twenty-fifth Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, The Most Reverend Frank Tracy Griswold.

For nearly five decades, the Cathedral has been the site for this joyous and cherished tradition of installation marking the inauguration of new ministry in the life of the Church and drawing us all together in the community of faith and sacramental unity.

We welcome all who come to this sacred place in this sacred time to participate in the liturgy of installationóthose who are present in the Cathedral itself and those who join us in parishes and other places across the nation through the modern technologies of satellite transmission and the worldwide Internet.

On this historic and festive occasion, we invite all present to pray for God's grace and guidance for our Church and our new Presiding Bishop, as he leads us along uncharted paths that will take us into the new century and new millennium that lie ahead.

Washington National Cathedral
Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues, NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 537-6200

About Our Celebration

In this liturgy we celebrate baptismal ministryóthe ministry we all share through our baptismal "ordination"; the beginning of the ministry of Frank Griswold as Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the current manifestation of his own baptismal ministry; and this new season of ministry in the life of our Church.

It is an Epiphany liturgy revealing, through Word and Sacrament and the community of faith gathered, the presence of the Christ who comes into our lives to transform us and make all things new.

The liturgy begins with the gathering of the community of faith and the welcome of the new Presiding Bishop. He is given symbols of ministry which remind us all of the ministry we share.

The Liturgy of the Word follows, with the readings, the proclamation of the Gospel and a homily from the Presiding Bishop. Then the Presiding Bishop goes to the baptismal font to lead us in the renewal of baptismal vows. The entire Assembly is sprinkled with water from the font, a sign and reminder of our baptismal identity as risen members of the Risen Christ, and the unity we have in Christ which is more powerful than any differences which threaten to divide us.

In the Celebration of the Eucharist, our union and unity is nurtured with Christ's own Body and Blood, and we are sent out, dismissed, to be manifestations and ministers of Christ's love and grace in the world.

There is no specific Prayer Book liturgy for the Investiture of a Presiding Bishop. The planners of the liturgy have drawn on elements from past services as well as the Prayer Book rites for the Renewal of the Baptismal Covenant, the Celebration of the Eucharist, and the Celebration of a New Ministry.

The ministers of the liturgy are the entire Assembly gathered. To help with specific liturgical functions, the planners have invited, from the Church across the country, laypersons, bishops, priests and deacons reflective of the membership of our community of faith.

The music chosen for the service gathers together the diverse musical traditions of our community of faith and includes selections from The Hymnal 1982, Lift Every Voice and Sing II, and Wonder, Love and Praise (a supplemental to The Hymnal 1982, published in 1997 by Church Publishing Incorporated).


The Church gathers in Washington National Cathedral and at satellite downlink sites all over our country to begin this new season of ministry. The liturgy is being transmitted live by satellite so that everywhere members may see and hear the celebration and, where possible, participate through the ministry of local clergy in the renewal of baptismal vows, the baptismal sprinkling and the Eucharistic Feast.

Music for Gathering (10:20)
All remain seated during the music for gathering.

Carillon Prelude
Mr. Edward M. Nassor, Cathedral Carilloneur

Morning Star

James Proctor Harding (1850-1911)
arr. Edward Madison Nassor

Rendez á Dieu

att. Louis Bourgeois (1510? - 1561?)
arr. Sally Slade Warner

Adoro devote

French church melody, Processionale, 1697
arr. Roy Hamlin Johnson

The Church's One Foundation

Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)
arr. Joanne Droppers

Wondrous Love

from The Southern Harmony, 1835
arr. Milford Myhre

Prelude And Fugue On 'Old 104th'

Ronald Barnes (1927-1997)

Fanfare for St Edmundsbury Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Choral Prelude

The Choir of Saint James Cathedral, Chicago
Dr. William Crosbie, Organist-Choirmaster

Surge, illuminare William Byrd (1543-1623)

Arise, shine forth in splendor, Jerusalem, for thy light hath now appeared; the glory of God the Lord over thee hath arisen. Alleluia.

Salvation is CreatedPeter Tschesnokoff

Salvation is created in the midst of the earth, O our God. Alleluia.

Jesu, the Very Thought of TheeEdward C. Bairstow (1874-1946)

    Jesu, the very thought of thee With sweetness fills my breast; But sweeter far thy face to see, And in thy presence rest.

Beati quorum viaCharles V. Stanford (1852-1924)

Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.

Exultate Deo GiovanniPierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)

Rejoice greatly to God our helper, shout for joy to the God of Jacob. Take up a psalm, and bring the timbrel and the sweet psaltery with the harp. Blow the trumpet on the new moon, on the notable day of your solemnity.

Music for Processions (11:00)

Ministers of the liturgy process into the Cathedral from all directions, completing the gathering of the Assembly for worship and celebration.

Douglas Major
The Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, Washington National Cathedral
Dr. Douglas Major, Organist and Choirmaster

Alleluia: my house shall be called an house of prayer for all people, alleluia. The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts. Alleluia. (Isaiah 56:7; Haggai 2:9, with Alleluias)

Canticle of Praise "Bonum est confiteri" Richard Dirksen
The Cathedral Choir of Girls, Washington National Cathedral
Mr. Bruce Neswick, Director

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy Name, O most highest. To tell of thy loving kindness, early in the morning, and of thy truth in the night season. Upon an instrument of ten strings and upon the lute; upon a loud instrument and upon the harp. For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy works, and I will rejoice in giving praise for the operation of thy hands. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Song of Welcome
Performed by Little River Drum
John Fitzpatrick, Crow Native American, Leader


All stand.

Welcoming Party (led by Jubilation Streamers of white, gold and silver)

The Dean of Washington National Cathedral, the Bishop of Washington, theVice Presidents of the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops, the President of the House of Deputies, and the Twenty-fourth Presiding Bishop.

House of Bishops (led by Jubilation Streamers of purple and magenta)

Deacons of Baptismal Sprinkling (led by Jubilation Streamers of white and blue) and

Deacons of Communion (led by Jubilation Streamers of white and claret)

Presenters of Symbols of Ministry (led by Jubilation Streamers in shades of green)

Representatives of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion (led by Jubilation Streamers of white, blue and red)

The Executive Council of the Episcopal Church and representatives of the Anglican Communion


Guests from the Ecumenical and Interfaith Communities (led by multi-colored Jubilation Streamers)

Washington National Cathedral (led by Jubilation Streamers in shades of yellow)

The Chapter and Canons of Washington National Cathedral, the Dean of St James Cathedral, Chicago, and the readers of the lessons.



All are seated, awaiting the arrival of the new Presiding Bishop. A knock is heard on the West doors of the Cathedral. The Twenty-fourth Presiding Bishop, the President of the House of Deputies, the Vice Presidents of the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies, the Bishop of Washington, and the Dean of Washington National Cathedral go to the doors. All stand and face in that direction.

Welcoming Fanfare

The Bishop of Washington opens the West doors and the new Presiding Bishop enters with his party. He carries a crozier, the symbol of the pastoral office of a bishop.

A member of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Chicago, on behalf of the people and clergy of Chicago, introduces the new Presiding Bishop to the Church:

Sisters and Brothers in Christ gathered in this Cathedral and around the country, we bring before you The Right Reverend Frank Tracy Griswold, who has served among us faithfully for ten years as our Bishop, chief pastor and brother in Christ. With pride, affection and gratitude for his ministry with us, we joyfully send him forth from our diocese to answer the call to serve our national Church as our Twenty-fifth Presiding Bishop.

The Twenty-fourth Presiding Bishop and the President of the House of Deputies ask the new Presiding Bishop to affirm his commitment to undertake this new ministry:

Bishop Browning:
Frank, Bishop in the Church of God, during the Seventy-Second General Convention you were elected by the House of Bishops to succeed me as Twenty-fifth Presiding Bishop, Primate and Chief Pastor of the Episcopal Church.

Dr. Chinnis:
Frank, your election by the House of Bishops was confirmed by the House of Deputies, in accordance with the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church, and you accepted your election in the presence of both houses of the Convention.

Bishop Browning and Dr. Chinnis:
Do you now, here in the presence of the Church gathered for worship, commit yourself to this new trust and responsibility?

The new Presiding Bishop responds:
I do, and I promise, with God's help, to be a faithful shepherd and pastor among you.

The Twenty-fourth Presiding Bishop then asks the Assembly:

My brothers and sisters, will you who witness this new beginning do all in your power to support and uphold Frank in this ministry?

The Assembly replies: WE WILL.

The Bishop of Washington welcomes the new Presiding Bishop to Washington National Cathedral:

Frank, welcome to the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. We have gathered here to celebrate the new ministry entrusted to you as our Presiding Bishop and Primate. I extend to you the hospitality of this place and assure you of our desire to make this Cathedral Church available to you in the exercise of your office and ministry as occasions may require.

The Dean of Washington National Cathedral invites the new Presiding Bishop to preside in the Assembly:

Frank, I invite you, as our Chief Pastor, to preside in this Eucharistic Assembly as we proclaim the Word of God, renew our Baptismal Covenant and celebrate the presence of the Risen Christ in the breaking of the Bread.

The New Presiding Bishop addresses the Assembly:

My brothers and sisters in Christ, as we begin this new season of witness and service, may our celebration recall us to the unity that is given in Baptism and nurtured by the Sacrament of Christ's Body and Blood. May we rejoice in the many gifts for ministry enriching the life of our Church and be strengthened in heart and mind and spirit to proclaim the Good News of Christ and to manifest Christ's presence in the world.

The Assembly replies: AMEN.

The Welcoming Party leads the new Presiding Bishop to the Crossing.

Fanfare to Salzburg (1997)
Bruce Saylor
The Cathedral Brass with Nicholas White, Assistant Organist and Choirmaster

Hymn of Praise"Songs of thankfulness and praise";The Hymnal 1982


The Assembly is seated.

The ministry of the new Presiding Bishop is recognized and begun in the context of the ministry of all the baptized, of which he is both a leader and a servant. The symbols recall us all to the baptismal ministry we share.

The President of the House of Deputies says:

Frank, let the gifts you are about to receive be signs of the responsibility entrusted to you as Presiding Bishop, Primate and Chief Pastor of this branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and of the ministry you share with all baptized persons.

The Koran and The Torah (Symbols of the other Abrahamic traditions, presented by members of the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington on behalf of the Muslim and Jewish communities)

Frank, receive these sacred writings from our faith traditions. As fellow offspring of Abraham and as people of the book, we invite you to join us in seeking God through these sacred texts.

New Presiding Bishop:

My brothers and sisters, may God renew in us today a spirit of companionship with all who seek to hear and do the word of God.

Assembly: AMEN.

Icon of The Holy Trinity; The Book of Blessings from the Roman Ritual; Historical Commentary on the Augsburg Confessions and The Book of Concord; The COCU Liturgy; The NRSV Common Bible in a translation prepared under the auspices of the National Council of Churches of Christ
(Symbols representing the life of prayer and worship of our Ecumenical dialogue partners: The Greek Orthodox Church, The Roman Catholic Church, The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, member churches of The Consultation on Church Union and member churches of the National Council of Churches. The symbols are presented by representatives of those traditions.)

Frank, receive these expressions of the spiritual gifts and graces of our traditions and join us in leading our churches toward the fullness and unity for which Christ prayed.

New Presiding Bishop:
My brothers and sisters, may God renew in us today the commitment to share ministry and seek unity with all who confess the name of Christ crucified and risen.

Assembly: AMEN.

Construction: "Our Worldwide Household of Faith" (made by the Sunday Schools of St James Cathedral, Chicago);
"Being Anglican in the Third Millennium" (report of Anglican Consultative Council X) (Symbols representing the diversity of our worldwide Communion and the challenges of our future together, presented by representatives of the Anglican Communion)

Frank, receive this model and this report and join with us in the life and work of the Anglican Communion.

New Presiding Bishop:
My brothers and sisters, may God renew in us today the grace to welcome and celebrate the diversity of languages, cultures, and traditions that make up our worldwide household of faith and the commitment to work together as one community in Christ.

Assembly: AMEN.

Statue of the Good Shepherd; The Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church
(Symbols of the ministry of "episcopé" [from the Greek "epi-skopos," "over-seer"] which includes pastoral care for all members of the Church and the responsibility of administration and governance. The symbols are presented by officers of the two houses of General Convention and the Episcopal Church Women's Triennial Meeting, and the Executive Council, the interim governing body of the Church.)

Frank, receive this representation of Christ the Good Shepherd and these Canons of the Church and be a faithful chief shepherd and overseer of our Church and its councils.

New Presiding Bishop:
My brothers and sisters, may God renew in us today the wisdom to fashion according to the Spirit the pastoral and institutional life of our Church in all our places of ministry.

Assembly: AMEN.

The Book of Common Prayer; The Hymnal 1982; Lift Every Voice and Sing II; Wonder, Love and Praise; El Himnario; Supplemental Liturgical Materials (Symbols of the worship life of our Church and the ministry of liturgical presidency and leadership, presented by various ministers of music and liturgy from our Church community)

Frank, receive these liturgical and musical resources and lead us in shaping and celebrating our community's life of common prayer.

New Presiding Bishop:

My brothers and sisters, may God renew in us today a spirit of worship which opens our hearts and makes us available to the transforming power of Christ.

Assembly: AMEN.

Gospel Book (Symbol of the Good News of God in Christ and the ministry of proclamation shared by every baptized person, presented by a member of each of the four orders of ministryólay, bishop, priest and deacon)

Frank, receive this Book of the Gospels and lead us in proclaiming the Good News of God in Christ.

New Presiding Bishop:

My brothers and sisters, may God renew in us today the courage to live the Gospel as well as proclaim it.

Assembly: AMEN.

The Deacon of the Gospel receives the book from the Presiding Bishop and places it on a stand where it remains until the proclamation of the Gospel.

Water (Symbol of Baptism and the ministry of evangelism shared by every baptized person, presented by various ministers of formation and evangelism from our Church community)

Frank, receive this water and lead us in bringing new Christians to the waters of baptism and into the risen life of Christ's Body the Church.

New Presiding Bishop:

My brothers and sisters, may God renew in us today the unity of mind, heart, and spirit which is ours through baptism.

Assembly: AMEN.

Bread and Wine (Symbols of the Eucharistic life of the Church, presented by those who have provided the bread and wine for today's Eucharistic Feast)

Frank, receive this bread and wine and lead us in proclaiming Christ present in the bread broken and the cup poured out.

New Presiding Bishop:

My brothers and sisters, may God renew in us today the love of Christ who seeks to make all welcome at the table of his Eucharistic feast.

Assembly: AMEN.

Primatial Staff

Bishop Browning presents the primatial staff to the new Presiding Bishop:

Frank, receive this pastoral staff, the symbol of your authority as Presiding Bishop, Primate and Chief Pastor of the Episcopal Church, and lead us in witness to the world that genuine authority and true joy come only through walking the way of the cross with Christ, our Savior and Lord.

New Presiding Bishop:

My sisters and brothers, may God renew in us today the willingness to die daily to self so that we may rise daily to a new life of servanthood in the Risen Christ.

Assembly: AMEN.

Bishop Browning then says to the Assembly:
Greet your Presiding Bishop.

Primatial Fanfares Douglas Major

The Assembly and the Presiding Bishop greet one another. Then the Presiding Bishop goes to the presiding chair with his Deacons and invites the Assembly to prayer.


Collect of the Day

Presiding Bishop: The Lord be with you.

Assembly: And also with you.

Presiding Bishop
Let us pray. O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquillity the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Assembly: AMEN.

First Reading
Ezekiel 36:24-28

The Assembly is seated for the readings and the psalm.

After each reading, the reader says:

The Word of the Lord.

Assembly: Thanks be to God.


Psalm 42:1-10, 15
setting by Douglas Major

The Choirs sing the antiphon; all repeat. Psalm verses are sung by the different choirs; all repeat the antiphon where indicated.


      Choir: As the deer longs for the water-brooks, so longs my soul for you, O God. My soul is athirst for God, athirst for the living God; when shall I come to appear before the presence of God?


Choir: My tears have been my food day and night, while all day long they say to me, "Where now is your God?" I pour out my soul when I think on these things: how I went with the multitude and led them into the house of God, With the voice of praise and thanksgiving, among those who keep holy-day.


      Choir: Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul? and why are you so disquieted within me? Put your trust in God; for I will yet give thanks to him, who is the help of my countenance, and my God.


      Choir: My soul is heavy within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of Jordan, and from the peak of Mizar among the heights of Hermon. One deep calls to another in the noise of your cataracts; all your rapids and floods have gone over me.


      Choir: The LORD grants his loving-kindness in the daytime; in the night season his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life. Put your trust in God; for I will yet give thanks to him, who is the help of my countenance, and my God.


Second Reading
Ephesians 4:1-13

'Zimbabwe Alleluia'

All stand.

The Deacon of the Gospel takes the Gospel Book from the book stand, goes to the Presiding Bishop for a blessing, and then to the pulpit.

The Holy Gospel
Mark 1:9-14

The Deacon announces the Gospel:

Deacon: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.

Assembly: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

The Deacon proclaims the Gospel.

At the conclusion of the Gospel:

Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.

Assembly: Praise to you, Lord Christ.

'Zimbabwe Alleluia'

The Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold


 The Presiding Bishop and his deacons go to the baptismal font, accompanied by Jubilation Streamers and deacons carrying jars of water.

All stand.

Thanksgiving over the Water

The deacons pour water into the font. The Presiding Bishop and assisting bishops gather around the font.

Presiding Bishop: The Lord be with you.

Assembly: And also with you.

Presiding Bishop: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

Assembly: It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Presiding Bishop:

We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water. Over it the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation. Through it you led the children of Israel out of their bondage in Egypt into the land of promise. In it your Son Jesus received the baptism of John and was anointed by the Holy Spirit as the Messiah, the Christ, to lead us, through his death and resurrection, from the bondage of sin into everlasting life.

We thank you, Father, for the water of Baptism. In it we are buried with Christ in his death. By it we share in his resurrection. Through it we are reborn by the Holy Spirit. Therefore in joyful obedience to your Son, we bring into his fellowship those who come to him in faith, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

The Presiding Bishop and assisting bishops touch the water as the Presiding Bishop continues:
Now sanctify this water, we pray you, by the power of your Holy Spirit, that it may be for all assembled here a sign and reminder of our baptism into the risen life of Jesus Christ our Savior. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, now and for ever.

Assembly: AMEN.

The Presiding Bishop invites the members of the Assembly to renew their Baptismal Covenant: Through the Paschal Mystery, dear friends, we are buried with Christ by Baptism into his death, and raised with him to newness of life. It is through Baptism that we all take our share in the priestly ministry of our Risen Lord. And as a right beginning of this new season of ministry in our Church, I call upon you now to join me in renewing the solemn promises and vows of Holy Baptism.

Presiding Bishop: Do you reaffirm your renunciation of evil and renew your commitment to Jesus Christ?

Assembly: I do.

The Baptismal Covenant

Presiding Bishop: Do you believe in God the Father?

Assembly: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

Presiding Bishop: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

Assembly: I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Presiding Bishop: Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

Assembly: I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.

Presiding Bishop: Will you continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?

Assembly: I will, with God's help.

Presiding Bishop: Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?

Assembly: I will, with God's help.

Presiding Bishop: Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

Assembly: I will, with God's help.

Presiding Bishop: Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?

Assembly I will, with God's help.

Presiding Bishop: Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

Assembly: I will, with God's help.

Presiding Bishop: May Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and bestowed upon us the forgiveness of sins, keep us in eternal life by his grace, through Christ our Lord.

Assembly: AMEN.

Baptismal Sprinkling

The Presiding Bishop, the assisting bishops and other bishops, assisted by deacons, fill bowls with water from the font and disperse throughout the Cathedral. They sprinkle the entire Assembly with baptismal water as a sign and reminder of our Baptism into the risen life of the Risen Christ.

Music during the Sprinkling

"Siyahamba / We are marching in the light of God" Wonder, Love and Praise

The hymn is sung in English, South African, Spanish, then in whichever language is most comfortable. The singing continues until the sprinkling is completed.

The Peace

When all have been sprinkled with baptismal water, the Presiding Bishop says:

The peace of Christ be always with you.

Assembly: And also with you.

All greet one another in the name of the Lord.

Greetings from the Bishop of Washington

The Bishop, joined by the Suffragan Bishop of Washington and the Dean of Washington National Cathedral, greets the Assembly.


All remain seated while the deacons prepare the Eucharistic Table and the Assembly's offering of alms is collected. The collection will help to support the ministry of the Presiding Bishop's Fund for World Relief.

"I Was Glad" (Psalm 122) Leo Sowerby (1895-1968)

The combined choirs of Saint James Cathedral, Grace Church and Washington National Cathedral

    I was glad when they said unto me, we will go into the house of the Lord. Our feet shall stand in thy gates, O Jerusalem. Jerusalem is built as a city that is at unity in itself. For thither the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord, to testify unto Israel, to give thanks unto the Name of the Lord. For there is the seat of judgment, even the seat of the house of David.

    O pray for the peace of Jerusalem; they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and plenteousness within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will wish thee prosperity. Yea, because of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek to do thee good.

Offertory Hymn"Come, Risen Lord"The Hymnal 1982

All stand and sing the hymn. The Assembly's offering of bread, wine and alms is brought to the Eucharistic Table.

The Presiding Bishop, his deacons, the concelebrating bishops and the deans of Washington National Cathedral and Saint James Cathedral gather at the Eucharistic Table. When all is prepared, the gifts, the Table, and the Assembly are censed.


Eucharistic Prayer D

The Assembly is invited to remain standing at prayer as an expression of the dignity and joy of the risen life we share in the Risen Christ.

Sursum Corda

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give him thanks and praise.

The Presiding Bishop continues:

It is truly right to glorify you, Father, and to give you thanks; for you alone are God, living and true, dwelling in light inaccessible from before time and for ever.

Fountain of life and source of all goodness, you made all things and fill them with your blessing; you created them to rejoice in the splendor of your radiance.

Countless throngs of angels stand before you to serve you night and day; and, beholding the glory of your presence, they offer you unceasing praise. Joining with them, and giving voice to every creature under heaven, we acclaim you, and glorify your Name, as we sing,

Sanctus (sung by all)
William Mathias The Hymnal 1982

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

The Presiding Bishop continues:
We acclaim you, holy Lord, glorious in power. Your mighty works reveal your wisdom and love. You formed us in your own image, giving the whole world into our care, so that, in obedience to you, our Creator, we might rule and serve all your creatures. When our disobedience took us far from you, you did not abandon us to the power of death. In your mercy you came to our help, so that in seeking you we might find you. Again and again you called us into covenant with you, and through the prophets you taught us to hope for salvation.

Father, you loved the world so much that in the fullness of time you sent your only Son to be our Savior. Incarnate by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, he lived as one of us, yet without sin. To the poor he proclaimed the good news of salvation; to prisoners, freedom; to the sorrowful, joy. To fulfill your purpose he gave himself up to death; and, rising from the grave, destroyed death, and made the whole creation new.

And, that we might live no longer for ourselves, but for him who died and rose for us, he sent the Holy Spirit, his own first gift for those who believe, to complete his work in the world, and to bring to fulfillment the sanctification of all.

When the hour had come for him to be glorified by you, his heavenly Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end; at supper with them he took bread, and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, "Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me."

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, "Drink this, all of you. This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me."

Father, we now celebrate this memorial of our redemption. Recalling Christ's death and his descent among the dead, proclaiming his resurrection and ascension to your right hand, awaiting his coming in glory; and offering to you, from the gifts you have given us, this bread and this cup, we praise you and we bless you.

Presiding Bishop and Assembly:

We praise you, we bless you,

we give thanks to you,

and we pray to you, Lord our God.

The Presiding Bishop continues:
Lord, we pray that in your goodness and mercy your Holy Spirit may descend upon us, and upon these gifts, sanctifying them and showing them to be holy gifts for your holy people, the bread of life and the cup of salvation, the Body and Blood of your Son Jesus Christ.

Grant that all who share this bread and cup may become one body and one spirit, a living sacrifice in Christ, to the praise of your Name.

Remember, Lord, your one holy catholic and apostolic Church, redeemed by the blood of your Christ. Reveal its unity, guard its faith, and preserve it in peace.

Remember George, Archbishop of Canterbury; John Paul II, Bishop of Rome; Bartholomew, the Ecumenical Patriarch; Konrad Raiser, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches and all who minister in your Church.

Remember all who are to be baptized throughout your Church tomorrow. Remember all your people, and those who seek your truth. Remember all who have died in the peace of Christ, and those whose faith is known to you alone; bring them into the place of eternal joy and light.

And grant that we may find our inheritance with the Blessed Virgin Mary, with patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs, with Peter and Paul, William Laud, Samuel Seabury and all the saints who have found favor with you in ages past. We praise you in union with them and give you glory through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, all honor and glory are yours, Almighty God and Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever.


As our Savior Christ has taught us, we now pray,

The Lord's Prayer (sung by all)

Ambrosian Chant
The Hymnal 1982, adapt. Mason Martens, harmonization by Mark Howe

The Breaking of the Bread

The Presiding Bishop breaks the bread. While the fraction anthem is sung, the deacons of Communion take bread and wine from the Eucharistic Table to Communion stations throughout the Cathedral. At the Eucharistic Table and at the stations, the bread is broken and the wine poured into chalices in preparation for Communion.

Fraction Anthem "One Bread, One Body"
Lift Every Voice and Sing II

All sing the refrain. The choir sings the verses; all repeat the refrain after each verse.


Choir: Gentile or Jew, servant or free, woman or man, no more.


Choir: Many the gifts, many the works, one in the Lord of all.


Choir: Grain for the fields, scattered and grown, gathered to one for all.


Invitation to Communion

Presiding Bishop: The gifts of God for the people of God.

Communion will be distributed at stations throughout the Cathedral. The ushers will direct you to the nearest station; please follow their directions.

Music during Communion:

"Dona Nobis Pacem" Gregory Norbet

The verses are sung by Mr. Norbet; all join in the refrain.


Cantor: Give us peace, God, peace for all, like a river running freely.


Cantor: God of nearness, God of life, you are with us, we rejoice.


Cantor: Set us free, God, from mindless ways; guide us in pursuing good.


Cantor: You renew us with great love; God among us, this our joy!


Cantor: Be our breath, God, deep and pure; feed our hunger for your truth.


Hymn "Unidos / Together"
Wonder, Love and Praise

(sung by all - members of the Assembly are invited to sing in Spanish or English, whichever language is most comfortable.)

Anthem "In this Bread now Broken"Richard Averre/William P. Crosbie
The Saint James Cathedral Choir

Spiritual"Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit"Traditional Spiritual, arr. Moses Hogan
The Choir of Grace Episcopal Church, Norfolk, Virginia

Dr. Carl W. Haywood, Organist-Choirmaster

During the following hymn, the Bishop of Washington and the Dean of Washington National Cathedral escort the Presiding Bishop to the stall in the Great Choir reserved for his use.

Hymn after Communion "Holy Spirit, ever living"The Hymnal 1982

When the hymn has ended, the Bishop of Washington invites the Presiding Bishop to be seated in his stall:

Frank, on behalf of the Chapter of the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, we invite you to be seated in the stall assigned by custom and tradition to the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. May our Lord Jesus Christ preserve your going out and your coming in, from this time forth forevermore.

Assembly: AMEN.

They then return to the Crossing.

Prayer after Communion

Bishop of Washington: Let us pray.

Bishop and Assembly:
Almighty Father, we thank you for feeding us with the holy food of the Body and Blood of your Son, and for uniting us through him in the fellowship of your Holy Spirit. We thank you for raising up among us faithful servants for the ministry of your Word and Sacraments. We pray that Frank may be to us an effective example in word and action, in love and patience, and in holiness of life. Grant that we, with him, may serve you now, and always rejoice in your glory; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Threefold Epiphany Blessing

Presiding Bishop:
May Almighty God, who led the Wise Men by the shining of a star to find the Christ, the Light from Light, lead you also, in your pilgrimage, to find the Lord.

Assembly: AMEN.

Presiding Bishop:
May God, who sent the Holy Spirit to rest upon the Only-begotten at his baptism in the Jordan River, pour out that Spirit on you who have come to the waters of new birth.

Assembly: AMEN.

Presiding Bishop:
May God, by the power that turned water into wine at the wedding feast at Cana, transform your lives and make glad your hearts.

Assembly: AMEN.

Presiding Bishop:
And the blessing, mercy and grace of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever.

Assembly: AMEN.


Deacon: Let us go forth in the name of Christ.

Assembly: Thanks be to God.

Retiring Procession

Voluntary on the Doxology Brass and Organ
Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

Final (Symphonie I) Brass and Organ
Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

Many people throughout the Church shared in making this celebration possible: those who participated in the planning and preparation of the liturgy and the liturgical environment; those who provided vestments, banners, streamers, symbols of ministry, bread and wine, the service leaflet and other necessary things; those who offered their gifts of ministry for the doing of the liturgy. This liturgy of the Church has truly been a work of the Church and is offered for the life of the Church, with thanksgiving.

The selections from the Hymnal 1982 are copyrighted by The Church Pension Fund. Used by permission.

This service book is presented by
Church Publishing Incorporated
in thanksgiving for the ministry of
Frank Tracy Griswold

"The bishop belongs to all.
Let no one be scandalized if I frequent
those who are considered unworthy
or sinful. Who is not a sinner?
Let no one be alarmed if I am seen
with compromised and dangerous people,
on the left or the right.
Let no one bind me to a group.
My door, my heart, must be open
to everyone, absolutely everyone."

The Most Rev. Helder Pessoa Câmara
Archbishop (retired) of
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Olinda and Recife

Please note: The music of the service is not included here in this digital version, to preserve copyright.