Posts about rituals and sacraments

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Tonsuring of Monks

I imagine that very few Orthodox have ever observed the rite for the tonsuring of a monastic.  The first time I observed the rite was during my stay at…

Oct 24, 2014
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The Burial of the Dead

One of my favourite theologians of the early 20th century is Virginia Cary Hudson. Virginia was a little girl of ten years old in the southern United States…

Oct 07, 2014
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The Sacrament of Confession

The odds are that the Sacrament of Confession is everyone’s least favourite sacrament. Not “the least needed,” just “the least favourite.” No…

Sep 28, 2014
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Holy Unction

Some people have told me that when they are in the hospital, they hate to see a priest enter a patient’s room because they regard his visit as a harbinger…

Sep 24, 2014
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Holy Orders

As you have probably noticed, the Church has clergy—that is, men set apart for certain functions and who are held accountable for the exercise of those…

Sep 23, 2014
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Holy Matrimony

That our current sacramental rite of matrimony is the product of long development can be seen by reflecting on the simple fact that in the days of the…

Sep 17, 2014
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The Eucharist: Its Structure

Despite some talk about our “timeless unchanged Liturgy,” the Orthodox Divine Liturgy actually has undergone a number of changes since the days of…

Sep 13, 2014
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The Eucharist: Its Meaning and Place in Our Salvation

The earliest title of the main Sunday service of the Christian Church is “the Eucharist”, from the Greek word eucharisteo, meaning, “to give thanks.”…

Sep 10, 2014
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Baptism and Chrismation

We have noted that the service of baptism has undergone a long and profound development. In the early days of the Church’s history, those desiring to…

Sep 05, 2014
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Reception into the Catechumenate

We have seen how our present baptismal service is the result of long development, a part of which consisted of joining the rite for making a catechumen…

Sep 04, 2014