Sacraments

As members of the Holy Orthodox Church we are able to experience and participate in the energies of God by receiving the Holy Sacraments.

 

  • The Holy Eucharist is first and foremost. All of the other sacraments lead to and flow from this Sacrament. It is the key to our life in Christ as we celebrate His death and resurrection by receiving His precious body and blood for the forgiveness of sins and eternal life.
  • Baptism is the gate to the other sacraments, as it is through our death to the world that we enter our life in Christ. Baptism is the purifying and sanctifying sacrament of rebirth as we participate in the death and resurrection of Christ. On the day of Pentecost when the people asked Peter: What must we do to be saved? He answered “Repent and be Baptized.” It is at our Baptism that we become full members of the Church, which is the Body of Christ. Following the practice of the early Church, Orthodoxy encourages the baptism of infants. Their godparents must be Orthodox Christians in good standing and supporting members of an Orthodox parish.

    All non-Christians and followers of all other non-Christian religions must be received through Baptism.[/acc_item]

  • CHRISMATION

  • Chrismation which immediately follows Baptism, (except when we receive a convert) is when we are sealed by the Holy Spirit. Through our life in the Church the Holy Spirit will lead us to all truth as promised in Scripture. In the case of a convert, who has received Baptism through another Christian group, the Chrismation makes up for whatever might still be missing in his walk with God. The reception of converts by Chrismation is not the recognition of the validity of non-Orthodox Baptism. Those baptized “In the Name of the Father and of the Holy Spirit,” with water by a Church are to be received by Chrismation. The Holy Chrism used in confirmation is prepared periodically by Bishops from all over the world in a special ceremony.

  • Confession is an important part of the process of our salvation. As the sin that is with all of us distorts our relationships with others and with God, we must strive to set things right by admitting our failures and keeping our eyes on God. The Priest witnesses our confession to God, so that the sins of the repentant are forgiven. This sacrament also offers spiritual remedies to our struggle with sin.
  • Marriage marks the beginning of a new relationship between the couple being married, and with God and the Church. In the eyes of the Church it is not a legal contract, but rather a very special spiritual union. The Sacrament of Matrimony must be celebrated by an Orthodox canonical Priest. Before preparing them to receiving the sacrament, the Priest must verify that there is nothing would constitute an impediment. The witnesses are Orthodox Christians in good standing with the Church. Since there are fasting days when marriage is not permitted, the couple has to check with their priest before any plans are made.
  • Holy Orders are a continuation of the customs of the original Apostolic Church. There are three basic orders, all of which require special ordination. Only the Bishop can ordain with the laying of hands. The orders are Bishop, who is viewed as successor of the Apostles, Priest, and Deacon.

 

 

 


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