Bishop consecrated at Greater Parkview Church
Bishop Carl E. Jones Sr. was formally consecrated as bishop during a service held June 27 at Greater Parkview Church in Greensburg.
Pastor Nathaniel McCoy of First Antioch Baptist Church in Greensburg gave the invocation.
Church member Morris Tampa presented the welcome and the church's pastoral staff — the Rev. Jaison Stevens and ministers Jamie Woody, Christine Vincent and Ruth Tolbert — presented the bishop designee.
Bishop Leslie Patterson Jr., pastor of First Baptist Church in Sterling, Va., provided the history of the bishopric.
Bishop Karl Jackson examined the bishop designate through a series of questions after Jones signed a declaration.
Greater Parkview Church Choir provided a choral selection, with “Order My Steps” led by guest soloist Evangelist Earnestine Moore of First Unity Church of God in Christ in Jeannette. Anthony Johnson, a guest saxophonist from Milwaukee, played “Amazing Grace” and “Precious Lord.”
Patterson preached the consecration message before Jones was anointed with oil during the act of installation.
Jones was then dressed in the garments of the bishop during the investiture, a ceremony that is both colorful and solemn. During the installation, Jones wore his purple cassock, the robe of the servant, modeled after the garment worn by Jesus.
The Rev. Jimmie Lever added the cincture, material girded about the waist and worn as a symbol of humility.
Stevens and Woody placed the rochet, a ceremonial white garment worn only by bishops. Vincent added the chimere, a sleeveless upper robe derived from the Spanish samaria, a 12th-century cloak. It signifies the defender of the faith.
McCoy placed the tippet, wide material like a stole that is placed over the chimere. Both items denote one who is yoked, the symbol of the preacher who is called to office.
Ruthie Jones placed the pectoral cross around her son's neck to denote Christ's redemption of the world.
Tolbert positioned the zuchetto, or skull cap, on Jones' head.
Tampa and Kelly Washington placed the cope, or cloak, which expresses the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
Deacon Ben Thompson set in place the mitre, the headdress of bishops worn at liturgical functions.
Jackson handed to Jones the crozier, the rod and staff of the shepherd.
Stephanie Jones placed the ring, the signet of authority and a token of a covenant with God, upon her husband's right hand. It denotes the bishop as a son of The Lord's Churches, Fellowships and Ministries International Inc.
Patterson then presented Jones with a Bible.
Following Holy Communion, Patterson presented the newly consecrated bishop. Mayor Ronald E. Silvis read a proclamation from the city of Greensburg.