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Minor orders: emended section on minor orders
In preparation for the tonsuring, the The candidate shall have a an inner [[cassock ]], (podriasnik) by the day of his ordination. It is a sign of submission of his own personal tastes and desires, and of his canonical obedience to the Church and his bishop. From the time of his ordination, he must not appear in church without the tonsuringcassock. The [[tonsure]] is similarly a sign of his offering of self and of dedication to God. On It is customary that, on the eve of his tonsuringordination, 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 ordination. This period would usually include making his [[confession]], either the evening before, or on the tonsuringday of ordination. 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 tonsuringordination, following during the Great Doxology, but before the troparion before the Divine Liturgy[[Hours | Third Hour]], the candidate is led by the bishop's assistant to the center of the solea in front of the bishop. He makes three (3) [[prostration | prostrations ]] toward the holy altar. Then, he turns and makes one (1) prostration toward the bishop . He stands before the bishop with his head bowed and stops on his knees, after a prayer, the bishop tonsures him by in the form of a Cross. The Bishop candidate is vested in a foreshortened version of the [[phelonion | phelon]], then the bishop lays his hand on the candidate 's headand prays the prayer of ordination. Afterwards, the [[apostolos | Apostol]] is opened over the candidate's head and presented to him, for him to read a portion of the Scriptures. The short phelon is removed, he is vested in the [[sticharion | stikhar]], and the exhortation of his office is read to him by the bishop.
=== [[Subdeacon|Subdiaconate]] ===
Subdeacons are ordained either during the Divine Liturgy immediately Third or Sixth Hour at the bishop's discretion. The [[orarion | orar]] is put on him, crossed back and front, then the bishop lays his hands upon his head and prays the prayer of ordination. The subdeacon then takes part in the washing of the bishop's hands, and remains standing on the solea, before "Blessed is the Kingdom"icon of the Saviour, holding the ewer and basin, once until they are again required at the washing of the bishop's hands at the Great Censing has been completed[[cherubic hymn | cherubikon]]. According to the canonsrubrics, no one should the bishop then blesses the water and the newly-ordained subdeacon carries it into the midst of the church, among the people, for them to bless themselves with it. However, this is not customarily followed today. If the candidate is to marry after becoming , he must do so before ordination to the subdiaconate as it is canonically forbidden for a man in subdeacon's orders to marry. However, in some places, this requirement is relaxed. There are different traditions about the precise time for ordinations to minor orders. Some authorities place the ordination of a reader before the Divine Liturgy, but after the practice has almost universally changed final psalm of the Third Hour, with the rubrics suggesting that ordination to allow subdeacons the subdiaconate, (if it is to take place), follows immediately. Other books place the ordination to marry the subdiaconate after being made subdeaconsthe final psalm of the Sixth Hour. The bishop's decision is the final authority in such matters. However, ordination to minor orders always takes place outside of the Divine Liturgy, as this is one of the distinctions between them and major orders, which are always conferred ''during'' the Divine Liturgy.
==[[Major orders]]==

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