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THE OFFICE FOR SETTING APART                       


READERS AND CHANTERS                                         




THE ORDINATION OF A DEACON                            


ORDINATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD                        


THE CONFESSION OF FAITH                                   


THE FIRST CONFESSION OF FAITH                                               


THE SECOND CONFESSION OF FAITH                                           28

THE THIRD CONFESSION OF FAITH                                             


THE CONSECRATION                                                                       


THE INVESTITURE                                                                            




OR A PROTODEACON (married)                                            40

The Elevation Of An Archimandrite         






THE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS                                                   


The Abbot (or a priest if for a nun)                                                   


THE INSTRUCTION                                                                          


THE PRAYERS BEFORE THE TONSURE                                        


THE BOWING OF THE HEAD                                                          


THE TONSURE                                                                                   


THE CLOTHING WITH THE HABIT                                                  


THE LITANY OF PEACE                                                                


THE EPISTLE                                                                                    


THE EKTENIA                                                                                   


THE GIVING OF THE CROSS AND THE CANDLE                        


THE DISMISSAL                                                                                


THE LITTLE DISMISSAL                                                                  







He who is to be made a reader is led by the sub-deacon into the center of the church, before the beginning of the divine liturgy, and there makes three reverences: and turning, he makes three reverences before the bishop. Then, coming to the bishop, he bows his head; and the bishop blesses him, in crosswise form, on the head with his hand. Then, laying his hand upon the head of the candidate(s), the bishop says the following prayer:

BISHOP:  O Lord, who enlightenest all created beings with the light of Thy marvels, and knowest the intent of every man before it is formed, and strengthenest those who are desirous of serving thee: Do Thou, the same Lord, array in Thy fair and spotless vesture this Thy servant who desires to become a reader (these Thy servants who desire to become readers) before Thy Holy Mysteries; that he (they) may be illumined; and that attaining unto the world to come he (they) may receive the incorrup­tible crown of life, and rejoice with Thine elect in bliss everlasting.


For hallowed is Thy Name, and glorified is Thy kingdom, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now, and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

But when there is no liturgy the bishop begins as follows:


BISHOP:       Blessed is our God always, now, and ever; and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Then immediately:

O heavenly King, Comforter, the Spirit of truth, who art everywhere present and fillest all things, the Treasury of good things and Giver of life: Come, and abide in us, and cleanse us from every stain; and save our souls, O good One.


Reader:                  Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy upon us. (thrice.)


Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; Both now, and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.


All-holy Trinity, have mercy upon us. Lord, cleanse us from our sins. Master, pardon our iniquities. Holy God, visit and heal our in­firmities, for Thy Name’s sake.


Lord, have mercy. (thrice.)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; Both now, and ever, and unto 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 evil.


Bishop:          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 unto ages of ages.



Lord, have mercy.  (twelve times.)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now, and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.


Then the troparion of the day shall be read. But if liturgy celebrated, O Heavenly King, and O Holy God, and Our Father are omitted, and only the following hymns are read:

O holy Apostles, entreat the merciful God that He will grant our souls remission of our sins.


Grace hath shone forth from Thy mouth like fire, illuminating the inhabited world.  Thou hast treasured for the world the treasures of silver-hating and revealed to us the sublimity of humility.  Wherefore, O educator, by Thy words, O John the golden-mouthed, intercede with Christ God to save our souls. 


In all the earth that received Thy sayings, Thy melody did resound, O righteous Father, Through which Thou didst go about and proclaim, as worthy of God, the nature of creatures, cultivating the character of mankind, O Thou of kingly Priesthood, Basil. Wherefore, plead Thou with Christ God to save our souls.


The pastoral flute of Thy discourse in theology triumphed over the trumpets of orators and overcame it; for having sought the depth of the Spirit, there was vouchsafed to thee also excellence of speech, O Father Gregory. Wherefore, intercede Thou with Christ God to save our souls.


Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now, and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.


Through the prayers of all the Saints, and of the Theotokos, O Lord, grant us Thy peace, and have mercy upon us: for Thou only art bountiful.

Then the Bishop cuts the candidate’s hair in the form of a cross, saying:


BISHOP:       In the Name of the Father.


Then the deacon, and the reader, or a chanter, shall say:


DEACON:          Amen.

Bishop:       And of the Son.


Deacon:          Amen.


Bishop:       And of the Holy Spirit.


Deacon:          Amen.


Then the bishop says this prayer:


BISHOP: O Lord God Almighty, elect this Thy servant (these Thy servants), and sanctify him (them); and enable him (them), with all wisdom and under­standing, to exercise the study and reading of Thy divine words, preserv­ing him (them) in blamelessness of life.


Through the mercy and love toward mankind of Thine only-begotten Son, with whom also Thou art blessed, together with Thine all-holy and good and life-giving Spirit, now, and ever, and unto ages of ages.


And after the prayer, the bishop opens the book of the epistles upon the head of the reader. And the sub-deacons lead him from the bishop, and place him in the middle of the church, facing East; and the book of the epistles is given to him, and he reads, a little, wherever the book opens, and turning, bows to the bishop thrice, according to the rubric.  Then a sticharion is brought to the bishop, and he makes the sign of the cross with his hand, over the cross on the back of the sticharion. And he who has been set apart (or ordained), having signed himself with the cross, kisses the cross upon the sticharion, and the hand of the bishop: And the sub-deacons vest him in the sticharion; and the bishop exhorts him in this manner:


BISHOP: My son(s), the first degree in the Priesthood is that of Reader. It behooves you therefore, to study the divine Scriptures daily, to the end that the hearers, regarding  you may receive edification; that you in noway shaming your election, may prepare yourself (yourselves) for a higher degree. For by a chaste, holy and upright life you shall gain the favour of the God of loving-kindness, and shall render yourself (yourselves) worThy of a great ministry, through Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom be glory unto ages ages. Amen.

Then the Bishop says:

Blessed is the Lord. Behold, the servant(s) of God, N. (NN.), has (have) become a reader (readers) of the most holy church of N.: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Then the bishop gives him (them) a lit candle(s). and he stands (they stand) before the bishop with the candle, in the appointed place.




The Subdiaconate is considered the highest of the Minor Orders. The ordi­nation to this office takes place at the end of Matins before the Divine Lit­urgy, or at the conclusion of Vespers. Only a Bishop may perform the ordi­nation;

however, in some cases, the abbot of a monastery can ordain a subdeacon with special permission.

If the person to be ordained is a layman, he is presented to the bishop in a black cassock. If the candidate is a monk, he is presented in his mantia (which the bishop then asks him to remove). The candidate is then dressed with a white robe.

The basin and pitcher containing water are presented to the bishop by the candidate. The bishop blesses the head of the candidate three times.

The deacon then says,

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord.

 The bishop reads the following prayer and then taking the orarion, pIaces it on the  candidate crosswise:

BISHOP:  O Lord our God, who, through One and the same Holy Spirit, distributing gifts of grace to each one of those whom Thou hast cho­sen, hast given to Thy Church diverse or­ders; who, through Thine inscrutable provi­dence hast appointed degrees of ministry therein, for the service of Thy Holy, Spotless Mysteries; and who, through Thine ineffa­ble foreknowledge, hast