While all is prepared for the consecration of the altar, a hymn may be sung by the people standing.  If the altar is to be consecrated during the Dedication or Consecration of a Church or Chapel, then at the discretion of the Bishop another Psalm or hymn may be said or sung in place of Psalm lxxxiv either in that rite or in the rite for the consecration of the altar. 

The Altar shall be consecrated and anointed for its most sacred use with the following form.  In order to accomplish this, the Bishop first may bless and anoint a Sepulcher in which the relics of the saints will be sealed,

MAY this Sepulcher be conse+crated and sancti+fied.  In the Name of the  + Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy + Ghost.  Peace be unto this House.

Under the Altar of God ye Saints have received your throne.

Intercede for us with our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Saints shall rejoice exceedingly in glory.

And be glad in their place of rest.

Under the Altar of God ye Saints have received your throne.

Intercede for us with our Lord Jesus Christ.

The relics are then placed in the Sepulcher, which is anointed and cemented.

MAY this stone be conse+crated and sanct+ified through this anointing and through the blessing of Almighty God.  In the Name of the + Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy + Ghost.  Peace be unto thee.

From under the Altar of God I heard the voice of martyrs saying:  Why hast thou safeguarded not our blood?

And they heard an answer from God:  Wait for a time, until the number of your brethren be increased.

The bodies of the saints are interred in peace:

And their name shall live on forever.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and the Holy Ghost,

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

Let us pray.

O GOD, who hath founded an Everlasting Dwelling-place for thy Majesty and the habitation of all the Saints, give thou to this Building heavenly increase, and deign that whensoever we embrace the Relics herein with fervent love, we may ever be aided by their merits.  Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

MAY this Stone be Sea+led and Sanct+ified.  In the Name of the + Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy + Ghost.  Amen.

The Bishop will then bless incense, and thrice incenses the Sepulcher.

An Angel stood near the altar of the temple, having a golden censer in his hand;

And there was given unto him much incense, and the smoke of the incense ascended before God.

Let us pray.

DIRECT our prayer, we beseech thee, O Lord, that it may be lifted up as incense in thy sight.  May thy Christian people enjoy thy boundless goodness; that whosoever shall devoutly offer thy Holy Sacrifice on this Altar, or who shall partake of it here, may receive strength in this present life, the remission of all sins, and the grace of everlasting redemption.  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Let my prayer be set forth in thy sight as the incense,

And let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice.

Then all shall read in unison Psalm 84:

O how amiable are thy dwellings, * thou Lord of hosts!

My soul hath a desire and longing to enter into the courts of the Lord; * my heart and flesh rejoice in the living God.

Yea, the sparrow hath found her an house, and the swallow a nest, where she may lay her young; * even thy altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.

Blessed are they that dwell in thy house; * they will be alway praising thee.

Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; * in whose heart are thy ways.

Who going through the vale of misery use it for a well; * and the pools are filled with water.

They will go from strength to strength, * and unto the God of gods appeareth every one of them in Sion.

O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; * hearken, O God of Jacob.

Behold, O God our defender, * and look upon the face of thine anointed.

For one day in thy courts * is better than a thousand.

I had rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God, * than to dwell in the tents of ungodliness.

For the Lord God is light and defence; * the Lord will give grace and worship; and no good thing shall he withhold from them that live a godly life.

O Lord God of hosts, * blessed is the man that putteth his trust in thee.

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.

Then the Bishop shall anoint the Altar Stone with the Oil of the Catechumens, saying,

May this Stone be sanct+ified and conse+crated.  In the Name of the + Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy + Ghost, to the honour and glory of God and of the blessed ever-Virgin Mary and of all the Saints, and in memory of Saint N.  Peace be unto thee.

The Bishop then blesses incense again and incenses the Altar, saying,

Let my prayer be set forth in thy sight as the incense.

And let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice.

Let us pray.  Let us bow the knee.  Arise.

MAY the ineffable kindness of thy mercy be here present, O Lord, and do thou pour out upon this Stone the effect of thy blessing and the strength of thy anointing; that through thy bounty, whosoever shall here make an offering, will receive the reward of his labours.  Amen.

Then the anointing and the incensing are repeated in the same form, after which the Bishop prays that the Altar be dedicated,

Let us pray.  Let us bow the knee.  Arise.

Be thou present, Lord, at the dedication of this Altar table which we in our unworthiness have anointed with oil.  Pour out upon it the power and consecration of thy bles+sing and sancti+fication.  Who liveth and reigneth God, world without end.  Amen.

Let us pray.

ALMIGHTY and Everlasting God, sanctify with thy bles+sing this Altar which we thy unworthy servant do consecrate to thy honour and in memory of Saint N.  Grant thy strong aid to all who here call upon thee and do hope in thee.  And deign thou that the gifts placed upon this Altar may always be acceptable unto thee.  May the power of the Sacraments and Offerings placed upon this Altar be alway effectually obtained.  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Then the Bishop anoints the Altar with Holy Chrism,

MAY this Stone be Sanct+ified and Conse+crated.  In the Name of the + Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy + Ghost, to the honour and glory of God and of the blessed ever-Virgin Mary, and of all the Saints, and in the name and memory of Saint N.  Peace be unto thee.

Then the Altar is again censed with this form,

BE thou blessed by him in whose honor thou shalt be burned.  In the Name of the + Father, and of the + Son and of the Holy + Ghost.  Amen.  Let my prayer be set forth in thy sight as the incense, And let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice.

The Bishop then prays that God would send the Holy Ghost to come down on the Altar so that the oblations offered on it may be pleasing unto God,

Let us pray.  Let us bow the knee.  Arise.

WE beseech thee, O Lord our God, that the Holy Ghost may come down upon this Altar to sanctify our offering and those of thy people, and fittingly to cleanse the hearts of those who do offer them.  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

MY dear brethren, we pray unto our Lord God that he would Bless and Consecrate this Stone anointed with Holy Oil for the Sacrifices of his people.  May that which we have anointed, be anointed in his Name.  May the prayers of his people be heard; and as we have placed upon this Altar, make perfect through this holy anointing, the Propitiation of the Saints; may we likewise deserve to call upon the Name of God in atonement for our sins.  Through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.  Amen.

The Bishop again blesses incense and incenses the Altar a third time, and then says,

Moses built an altar unto the Lord and did offer holocausts upon it.  He slew living offerings, making an evening sacrifice pleasing unto the Lord, in the sight of the children of Israel.  Dearly beloved, we humbly beseech the mercy of God the Father Almighty to hear our prayer and to bless and sanc+tify this altar upon which spiritual offerings shall be made.  O Holy Father, deign thou ever to ble+ss and make  holy the offerings of thy servants when we call upon thy great Name, and be thou pleased to receive the prayers of thy family through this holy incense.  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Then incense is burned in the five incised crosses of the Altar Stone and the following prayer is said,

O Lord, hear my prayer.  And let my cry come unto thee.

The Lord be with you.     And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

O Lord God Almighty, thy angels tremble before thy Face and their radiant and holy service is known to thee:  Deign to bless and sanc+tify this creature of incense, that all weakness and illness of health and the wiles and snares of the devil may flee far hence at the pleasing odor thereof and be driven from thy sight through the Atonement of the Precious Blood of thy Son.  May it never be touched by the wickedness of the evil serpent.  Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Alleluia.  Come, Holy Ghost, and fill the hearts of thy faithful people.

And kindle in them the fire of thy love.

May this pleasing incense arise in the sight of the Lord by the hand of his angel.

An angel stood near the altar of the temple, having a golden censer in his hand; and there was given to him much incense and the smoke of the incense ascended before God.

Let us pray.  Let us bow the knee.  Arise.

O most Holy Lord, Father Almighty and God Eternal, mercifully and graciously hear our humble prayers, and receive the holocausts of this Altar, not made by fire, but infused with the grace of the Holy Ghost.  May they rise as a sweet oblation unto thee; may those who receive thy Holy Eucharist be made worthy of divine healing, and may they merit to enter unto everlasting life.  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Then the servers shall remove the burned incense from the Altar, while the Bishop prays for those who shall make their Communion at this Holy Altar,

GRANT, O Lord, that whosoever shall receive in this place the Blessed Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ, may come to that Holy Ordinance with faith, charity, and true repentance; and being filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction, may to their great and endless comfort, obtain remission of their sins, and all other benefits of his Passion.  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.