consecrate-v; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: Appoint, ordain to a clerical post

Commentary: Syntax includes: NP1[agent[animate]] CONSECRATE NP2[patient[animate]]
NOTE: keep in mind that here the thing consecrated is always a person and a religious official.

In 1234, he was consecrated Archbishop of Canterbury.
Gene Robinson was being consecrated as the new bishop of the Diocese.
They had been consecrated by bishops of the MP, to which they belonged.
Four priests of the Catholic Church will be consecrated as bishops.
What denomination was Richard Allen consecrated as the first bishop?

VerbNet: dub-29.3
FrameNet: Rite
PropBank: consecrate.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: give, devote to a cause

Commentary: Syntax includes: NP1[agent] CONSECRATE NP2[theme] PP{to NP[recipient]}

We could not consecrate our sinful lives to God.
They seek to be specially consecrated to Christ as his servants.
I am consecrated to God to be used for His glory.
I consecrated the blog to Mary.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: Rite
PropBank: consecrate.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: dedicate to a deity, render holy

The church was solemnly consecrated by the Bishop of Clifton.
The Cathedral was finally consecrated in the presence of King Robert.
It was built in 1874 but was never consecrated.
In 1817, the churchyard was consecrated for burials.
Then for eight days they consecrated the house of the Lord

VerbNet: dub-29.3
FrameNet: Rite
PropBank: consecrate.03
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3, 4