On Consecration Eve, things seem to be in order: Boston University's Agganis Arena has been transformed into a mega church; the Cathedral nautilus has been hand polished by cloistered monks; there have been Facebook arguments over the proper vestiture (cassock and surplice vs. cassock-alb); and I've released my Official Consecration Packing List.
During these waning hours before the big day, I thought I'd do my part and suggest a few ways to demonstrate that old DioMass spirit.
Here are a few suggestions:
Get a nautilus tattoo. The one in the picture is the one I personally went with but there are many options.
Dye your hair purple in solidarity with the new bishop. Also, it shows the rest of the diocese that you're a rabid Lent Madness fan.
Pick up a fake bishop costume and join in the holy scrum with the other 28 bishops who will lay hands upon Alan when he is made a bishop in God's One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.
Bring a flock of sheep to the service so the newly consecrated bishop will be able to actually use his shiny new crozier as something other than a symbolic prop.
Speaking of animals, I plan to smuggle in a specially-trained dove that will alight upon Alan's head at the exact moment of consecration. Fine, all I could find at the last minute was a pigeon but that's close enough.
Wear the biggest ring you can find so Alan doesn't feel so self-conscious about his newfound diocesan bling.
Since miters are supposed to be reminiscent of the flames coming down at Pentecost, why not just light your hair on fire?