Παρασκευή, 3 Φεβρουαρίου 2012

Service of receiving previously non- Orthodox Christians into Orthodox Church by Chrismasion.



Priest: Blessed is our God always now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.
Glory to you, O God, our hope, glory to you.
O heavenly King, Comforter, the spirit of truth who are present everywhere and fill all things, the treasury of good things and the giver of life, come and abide within us, and cleanse us from every stain, and save our souls, O good one.
Holy God, holy mighty, holy immoral, have mercy on us. (3)
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.
All-holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord be merciful to our sins. Master, forgive our transgressions. Holy One, visit us and heal our infirmities, for your name's sake.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.
The candidate kneels and the priest reads over him (her) the following prayer:
Priest:  Prayer of Chrismation
Blessed are you, O Lord God Almighty, the source of all blessings, the son of righteousness, who shone with the light of salvation on those in darkness through the manifestation of your only-begotten Son and our God, and who gave to us, unworthy though we be, blessed cleansing through holy Baptism and divine sanctification through life-giving Chrismation; who now also have been well-pleased to regenerate your newly-illumined servant by water and the Spirit granting to him (her) the remission of all his (her) sins both voluntary and involuntary. O compassionate Lord and King of all, grant to him (her) as well the seal of the gift of your holy and all-powerful and worshipful Spirit, and the Communion of the holy Body and sacred Blood of your Christ. Guard him (her) with your sanctification; confirm him (her) in the Orthodox faith; deliver him (her) from the evil one and all his machinations, and through your saving fear keep his (her) soul in purity and justice; so that by pleasing you with every word and deed he (she) may become a son (daughter) and heir of your heavenly kingdom.
For you are our God, the God of mercy and of salvation, and to you we ascribe glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.
Having previously received instruction in the Orthodox faith, the candidate stands and recites the following confession of faith:
Candidate: Today, I (name) by the grace of God and my own free will, having received proper instruction, join by the seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit the Orthodox Church and do confess before God and man that:

I believe in one God, Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things, visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God begotten of the Father before all ages.
Light of light, true God of true God, begotten not made, of one essence with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who for us humans and for our salvation came down from the heavens, took human flesh by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried.
And on the third day he rose, according to the scriptures. And he ascended into the heavens and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
And he will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, and his Kingdom will have no end.
And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father, who together with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified who spoke through the Prophets.
I believe in One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.
I expect the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
I further confess, agree with and accept the seven Ecumenical Councils and their decrees as well as all the traditions of our Orthodox Church, through whose prayers I seek to be made worthy of the honor of becoming a servant of the Lord, carrying out his commadments and being well-pleasing to him in everything, through the grace and love of mankind of our Savior Jesus Christ to whom is due all glory and power. Amen.
Priest: The seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Priest: Lord our God, you have considered your servant (N) worthy to be raised to perfection through the Orthodox faith and to receive the seal of your holy Spirit through the holy Myrrh. You, the ruler of all, maintain him (her) fully in all the graces given by you.
For you are he who blesses and sanctifies all things and to you we ascribe glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages.
People:  Amen.

People: Have mercy on us, O God, according to your great mercy, we pray to you, hear us and have mercy.
People: Lord, have mercy. (3)
Priest: Again we pray for mercy, life, peace, health, salvation, visitation, forgiveness and remission of the sins of your servant (N) who looks forward to your great and abundant mercy.
For you are a merciful God who love mankind, and to you we ascribe glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages.
People: Amen.
Priest: (The Dismissal).
Glory to you, O Christ our God, our hope, glory to you.
May Christ, our true God, through the intercessions of his most pure and holy Mother; of the holy, glorious and all-praised Apostles; of the holy and victorious Martyrs; of our venerable and God-bearing Fathers; of the holy and righteous ancestors of the Lord God Joachim and Anna, and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for he is a good and merciful God who loves mankind.
Priest: Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us.
People: Amen.

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