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Joining the Orthodox Church

The Orthodox Church welcomes believers from all backgrounds and traditions. The process for joining for the Orthodox Church requires a great deal of preparation and involvement in the life of the Church. Some of the requirements are worshiping at the Sunday Liturgy faithfully; learn the Orthodox faith by attending a series of classes on the Orthodox faith; meet individually with a priest and other requirements directed by the church. 


Following these, they are received into the Church through the Sacrament of Chrismation (the anointing of holy myrrh). This service is usually conducted in public on major holy days of the year, above all at Holy Pascha (Easter). Believers who do not have a baptism in the name of the Holy Trinity, along with seekers from other religious traditions or no tradition, are received into the Church through the same process that leads to Baptism instead of Chrismation.

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