The rite of Chrismation is most often celebrated as part of a baptism, however Chrismation is also one of the ways by which those who have been baptized outside of the Orthodox Church may be received into the Orthodox Church.
One is Chrismated on the forehead, eyes, nose, lips, breast, hands, and feet with the words, "The Seal of the Gift of the Holy Spirit," in order to sanctify the mind, body, and soul and all the senses... One receives the gift of the Holy Spirit and sanctification of ones heart and mind...to hear the voice of God and see the Truth and to be cognizant that every breath he or she breaths is a gift from God...he or she is commisioned to use, at every opportunity and with every breath, one's hands, feet, and mouth to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Those Christians who --having received Trinitarian baptism in their communities--- wish to be a part of Christ's One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church may be have their baptism "completed" and receive the Holy Spirit through Holy Chrismation, Penance, Confession of Faith, and Holy Communion in the Orthodox Church. Those from non-Christian groups/religions (Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, etc.) or those from non-Trinitiarian "Christian" communities (Unitarians, Jehova's Witnesses, Mormons, etc.) would need to also receive Holy Baptism.
Those who have previously been Chrismated/Confirmed (Armenians, Roman/Byzantine Catholics, Coptics, etc.) may also be received through Anointing on the forehead, Penance, Confession of Faith, and Holy Communion.
If you would like to be received into the Orthodox Church from another confession, please contact Fr. James directly.
We have classes and discussion groups for those seeking to become Orthodox Christians on Saturday afternoons during our four fasting periods:
The Nativity Fast (40-day period before Nativity/Christmas)
The Great [Lent] Fast (40-day period before Palm Sunday)
The Apostle's Fast (Period between All Saints Day and the Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul)
The Dormition Fast (Two week period priod to the Dormition of the Theotokos)
For exact dates/times, see our schedule/calendar.
After completing one or more of the catechism periods, the following form will need to be completed: (Click Here)