Sacred vessels are important. They are consecrated (like the hands of priests) to touch the Body and Blood of the Lord.
I had this in my email:
I am trying to locate the rite (prayers and rubrics) for the consecration for a Chalice / Paten and Vestments. There is a local bishop who is willing to do this for the gifts that I will receive when I will be ordained a priest this summer. Can you help me find the resources that I need. I have the Roman Ritual (1962) but it seems that I also need the Roman Pontifical for more of the prayers and instructions. Can all of this be done within a mass that the Bishop celebrates (e.g. after the homily?).
First, I am delighted that the bishop will do that! Second, I hope he knows you mean the older rite! Do all in your power to keep the bishop, and all Christians, away from the horrific De benedictionibus. (Ad flammas!)
Can you do this during Mass? If it is in the Novus Ordo…. [crickets]… sure! Why not! You can do anything in the Novus Ordo at homily time, it seems. No?
If a bishop can impose a video, which is actually forbidden by the Church’s liturgical law, then, yes, he can consecrate a chalice. There can be the administration of sacraments after sermons (e.g., baptism, matrimony, etc.). There can be videos about fund raising. Why not the consecration of a chalice, which is sort of in between?
I, because of course bishops ask me stuff all the time, would say to a bishop, “Should Your Excellency desire to consecrate this stuff over here in this box, a great teaching mo, would Your Excellency announce it and teach about it during the sermon, and invite the people to remain to watch Your Excellency do it after Mass?”
In the meantime, for vestments in the older form, you can find those blessings in the back of the Missale Romanum. You might find chalices and patens there also.
VERY COOL prayers.
Also, in the rite, the bishop refers to “fratres carissimi”. Therefore, I think it would be great to have a big audience!