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The modifications in the rite of conferring the diaconate (numbers 1-9 above) are also applicable to the rite of conferring the priesthood. The rite then continues thus: 1) After the imposition of the hands by the bishop, the priests who are present impose hands. 2) The consecratory prayer is said by the bishop. Its content is like the consecratory Preface of the rite with a few textual changes and additions. It contains the form of the Sacrament: "We pray you, almighty Father, confer the dignity of the priesthood on these ¡your servants; renew in their hearts the Spirit of holiness; may they obtain the office of second order received from you, 0 God, and, by the example of their lives, inculcate the pattern of holy living." 3) The assisting priests cross the stole and place the chasuble on each of the new priests without saying any formula. 4) The bishop anoints the hands of the new priests with Holy Chrism rather than the former Oil of Catechumens with the formula: "May these hands, consecrated by the gift of the Holy Spirit, remain worthy of sanctifying the Christian people and of offering sacrifice to God." 5) The bishop plaees in the hands of each newly-ordained the paten, host and chalice filled with wine and water with the formula: "Receive the oblation of the holy people, which will be offered to God. Understand what you do, imitate what you perform and conform your life to the mystery of the Lord's cross." 6) A Kiss of Peace concludes the ordination¡ rite proper. 7) The newly ordained concelebrate the Liturgy of the Eucharist; some would help in the distribution of Communion. The most notable change is the deletion of the ceremonies that occurred after the Communion of the Mass, including the imposition of hands with the formula: "Receive the Holy Spirit, whose sins you shall forgive ... " because this power has already been conferred in the essential rite of ordination. This same reasoning governed the changes of the formulas that accompany the anointing of hands and the presentation of the altar gifts. ORDINATION TO THE EPISCOPATE

The revision of the rite of ordination to the episcopate was