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PRIEST

Blessed is our God, always, now and for ever: world without end.

CHOIR: Amen.

PRIEST: Glory be to Thee, our God, glory be to Thee.

O heavenly King and Comforter, Spirit of Truth, which art in all places and fillest all things, Treasure of goodness, and Giver of life: come and abide in us; and cleanse us from all that defileth, and save our souls, O Thou who art Good.

 

READER

O Holy God, Holy and Strong, Holy and Immortal, have mercy upon us. (3)

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever, world without end. Amen.

Most Holy Trinity, have mercy upon us; O Lord, cleanse us from our sins; O Master, pardon our transgressions; O Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities, for Thy Name’s sake.

Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever: world without end. Amen.

Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

 

PRIEST

For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and for ever: world without end.

CHOIR: Amen.

Lord have mercy. (12)

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever: world without end. Amen.

O come, let us worship and bow down before our King and our God.

O come, let us worship and bow down before Christ our King and our God.

O come, let us worship and bow down before the very Christ our King and our God.

 

PSALM 50 (51)

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. Against Thee, Thee only have I sinned: and done this evil in Thy sight: that Thou mightest be justified when Thou speakest, and clear when Thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, Thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part Thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which Thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide Thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free Spirit. Then will I teach transgressors Thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto Thee. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, Thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of Thy righteousness. O Lord, open Thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth Thy praise. For Thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: Thou delightest not in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou will not despise. Do good in Thy good pleasure unto Zion: build the walls of Jerusalem. Then shalt Thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon Thine altar.

 

The Priest then asks the Candidate if he/she desires to return to the Orthodox Church, and after making a positive declaration, the Candidate recites the Creed of Faith.

 

THE SYMBOL OF FAITH [THE CREED]

 

I believe in One God, the 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 worlds, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, Begotten not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.

Who for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven and was incarnate of the Holy Ghost and the Virgin Mary, and was made man. And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, He suffered and was buried, and the third day He rose again according to the scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father. And He shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead: whose kingdom shall have no end.

And in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceedeth from the Father, who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, who spake by the Prophets.

And in one Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

After the reading of the Creed, the Priest anoints the Candidate with the Holy Myron (Chrism) on the forehead, eyes, nostrils, mouth, ears, chin, hands, chest and knees, saying:

 

The seal of the Gift of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Let us pray unto the Lord.

CHOIR: Lord have mercy.

 

PRIEST

O Lord, Jesus Christ our God, Thou who didst bow down from heaven and through Thine ineffable mercy didst abide on earth, teaching men to confess the true and irreproachable  confession of the knowledge of the consubstantial and co-eternal Trinity, and through Thine infallible mouth, didst reveal that the venerable and omnipotent Spirit, proceedeth from Thine eternal Father and God: do Thou, O Lord and Master, accept Thy servant/handmaiden (Name) who has returned from the Latin (or Anglican) delusion to the truth of Thy Gospel and Thine infallible mouth, and of the pious and pure theology and  tradition taught by Thy Holy Apostles and Teachers, for Thou art merciful and compassionate. Unite and join him/her to the true dogmas of Thy Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church that through the knowledge and proclamation of the pious dogmas he/she may be accounted worthy of Thine endless and eternal kingdom of heaven. Wherefore do Thou who art compassionate and merciful, forgive all his/her offences committed during his/her life, whether witting or unwitting. Strengthen him/her to remain in the Orthodox faith and in Thy confession: widen his/her mouth to speak against the heretics and ungodly. Open his/her spiritual eyes to understand Thy wonders; teach him/her to perform all holiness in Thy fear; do not remember his/her transgressions; cleanse his/her soul of the mist of heresy and every other impiousness and join him/her, who having made recourse through us, to Thine Orthodox flock.

For to Thee is due all glory, honour and worship, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the All-Holy Spirit, now and for ever: world without end.

CHOIR: Amen.

 

PRIEST

Have mercy upon us, O God, according to Thy great mercy, we pray Thee, hear us and have mercy.

After each petition the choir shall sing Lord have mercy or Kyrie eleison.

Again we pray for mercy, life, peace, health, salvation, protection, pardon and forgiveness of the sins of Thy servant (Name) who awaits Thy great and bountiful mercy.

For Thou art a merciful God and a lover of mankind, and to Thee we ascribe glory, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever: world without end.

CHOIR: Amen.

PRIEST: Glory be to Thee, O our God, glory be to Thee.

May [He who is risen from the dead] Christ our true God, by the prayers of His Most Holy Mother, of the holy and All-glorious Apostles, of the holy and glorious Greatmartyr George, of the holy and righteous Progenitors of God Joachim and Anna, [Name of the saint to whose memory we dedicate this day], and of all the saints, have mercy upon us and save our souls, for He is good and loving-kind.

CHOIR: Amen.

 

PRIEST

By the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy upon us and save us.

CHOIR: Amen.