In preparation for the tonsuring, the candidate shall have a cassock by the day of the tonsuring. On the eve of his tonsuring, the candidate shall attend Vespers, and, after having a light supper, begin his Eucharistic fast. During that time, he shall interact as little as possible with anyone and spend that time praying and preparing himself for the tonsuring. Married candidates shall refrain from marital relations during this time . He shall have his confession heard either after Vespers or during Orthros on the day of the tonsuring.
On the day of the
tonsuring, following the Great Doxology, but before the troparion before the Divine Liturgy, the candidate is led by the bishop's assistant to the center of the solea in front of the bishop. He makes three (3) prostrations toward the holy altar. Then, he turns and makes one (1) prostration toward the bishop and stops on his knees. The Bishop lays his hand on the candidate head.
=== [[Subdeacon|Subdiaconate]] ===
Subdeacons are ordained during the
Divine Liturgy immediately before "Blessed is the Kingdom", once the Great Censing has been completed. According to the canons, no one should marry after becoming a subdeacon , but the practice has almost universally changed to allow subdeacons to marry after being made subdeacons.