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« on: September 27, 2009, 09:24:06 PM »

Hi all,

I am very happy to announce that I will be chrismated on October 18 (God willing)!  As happy as I am (and as unworthy of it as I am), I am not sure exactly what to expect.  I have tried to find how the ceremony works but haven't found anything.  So, how exactly will the chrismation ceremony go?  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2009, 09:57:38 PM »

Many years! I remember, back when I was received into the Church by baptism and chrismation, having such a hard time finding anything on the internet about the actual service.

Here is one site that has the order of service for you to read:

http://www.fatheralexander.org/booklets/english/baptism_e.htm#n3
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2009, 10:25:22 PM »

Many years!
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« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2009, 12:08:18 AM »

Many years!
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« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2009, 01:00:57 AM »

Congratulations!
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« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2009, 09:11:24 AM »

Many Years!  I hope that you will still post here on the Convert Issues any issues that arise in your early years of conversion.

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« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2009, 05:05:42 PM »

Many years!
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« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2009, 09:57:44 PM »

We recently became catechumens (we found out the day before we were received), and in our parish our father had us all (family of seven) come forward.  Then he prayed, blew on each of our faces (in the sign of a cross if I remember correctly), then prayed again laying his hands on our heads. 
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« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2009, 10:12:33 PM »

Congrats!  I hate to say this and run, but I just noticed your post.  Today my husband and I were chrismated; I can try and come back tomorrow after work and describe what our ceremony was like if you haven't found anything out yet. Smiley  Blessings.  It is exciting.
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« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2009, 01:49:17 AM »

Congratulations, Mctaviix!

Rosehip, thank you for the link. Very informative.

MariM, I would very much be interested to hear your firsthand account of what the experience is like.
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« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2009, 01:52:06 AM »

We recently became catechumens (we found out the day before we were received), and in our parish our father had us all (family of seven) come forward.  Then he prayed, blew on each of our faces (in the sign of a cross if I remember correctly), then prayed again laying his hands on our heads. 

I don't think any of this is formally done at our parish.  I'll ask the other catechumens, but for me this certainly didn't happen.
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« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2009, 02:04:24 AM »

My parish does this whole big thing when you become a catechumen.  You make vows, spit on Satan, get blown on, and prostrate.  The whole nine yards!
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« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2009, 06:01:58 AM »

Interesting. Was this a public or a private ceremony?
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« Reply #13 on: October 05, 2009, 12:02:09 PM »

Congratulation ! And Many Many Years....Axios, Worthy, Dostojan,,,,Mnogaja Ljeta....Amin
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« Reply #14 on: October 05, 2009, 12:04:07 PM »


Congratulations!

Many, many years!
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« Reply #15 on: October 05, 2009, 03:24:58 PM »

Interesting. Was this a public or a private ceremony?

Public. It was done after the liturgy.
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« Reply #16 on: October 05, 2009, 03:25:12 PM »

Congratulations! M'nohaja Lita!
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« Reply #17 on: October 05, 2009, 09:21:07 PM »

Congratulations, Mctaviix!

Rosehip, thank you for the link. Very informative.

MariM, I would very much be interested to hear your firsthand account of what the experience is like.
I too find it interesting what has been shared that has been experienced by catechumens as this did not happen with us.  We have had some good conversations with our priest and then with others regarding The Orthodox Faith and have studied the Church Fathers over several months.

I cannot give you what occurred for us verbatim as it was very awesome and we don't remember all of it.  We went up right after Vespers before Divine Liturgy; it actually was very short.  Father Tom lit the two candles which we held... said prayers over us (our God parents were on each side of us or sponsors whatever you choose to call them) We gave our chosen names. We recited the creed. The Chanter ... Chanted something which was in Greek...choir was in the background. We were then anointed with oil forehead, cheeks chin and back of the neck... and tops of our hands ...sealing of the Holy Spirit... our previous baptisms were excepted... We were then tonsured (sign of the cross).  I am not quite sure of what was next it was all rather awesome so I don't recall everything.  I do know we were then welcomed into the church.  After Divine Liturgy we were the first to take partake of the sacrament of the Eucharist with our sponsors.  This is the best I can do.  You'll know when you do it perhaps; it is hard to put into words exactly what I felt I guess.  Excited it not really a good word.  I would say awed... it is more descriptive of where I was and where I still linger.
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« Reply #18 on: October 05, 2009, 10:44:41 PM »

Thank you for this, Mari. Did you recite the creed from memory? I get tripped up sometimes when trying to recall things that i've commited to memory, especially in front of others! Undecided

Also, do we have to have sponsors?
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« Reply #19 on: October 05, 2009, 10:56:13 PM »

No, we did not have to recite the creed from memory...  yes you will have to have sponsors; someone who is Othodox.  We asked an older couple who have sat in front of us over the last year; we have gotten to know them a little bit.  They have considered it an honor and now consider us like family.  It really is an awesome experience.  We had another friend from the church break down in tears so to many it is a very moving experience; especially to those it seems who are older.  That's just my thoughts as it appears.
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