It's always interesting when something you've always accepted as true turns out to be wrong. Common paladin wisdom has always said that only the first tick of Consecration can be resisted, and the remaining 7 ticks can't. But it turns out the first tick can't be resisted either.
The prevailing theory here is that the resist messages you sometimes see when Consecration is first cast are related to a DoT effect that used to be applied to people in the spell's radius. When Blizzard changed the way Consecration works, they never removed the debuff, they just made it invisible. So you're seeing resists for a debuff that no longer causes any damage.
I ran across this completely by accident when I was researching something else. I never did find the answer to my original question, either.
In other news, I have a WotLK beta key! I've gone through a bit of the Death Knight starting area, because I've heard that it's a lot of fun, and I plan to fiddle with my paladin a bit once I finish that up. The DK starting area and quests are quite interesting. I hope the rest of Wrath is this fun.
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