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Consecration Description

 

HOLY TRANSFIGURATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH PREPARES FOR THE ANCIENT RITE OF CONSECRATION ON APRIL 27, 2013

MARIETTA – Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church is excitedly preparing for the ancient rite of CONSECRATION, a once in a lifetime experience for the church. The Service of the Consecration of a house of worship is one of the major Sacraments of the Orthodox Church. Prayers are offered to bring God’s Grace to the people. 

The Consecration will be led by Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta, who will be assisted by Bishop Sevastianos of Zela (former pastor of our parish) and the Rev. Fr. Panayiotis Papageorgiou, Protopresbyter, Ph.D. (current pastor of our parish). 

On Friday, April 26, 2013 at 7:00 pm, the Holy Relics of the Saints, Panteleimon the Great Martyr and Healer, Kyrikos the Martyr, and the Holy Fathers martyred at the Monastery of St. Savvas in Palestine, will be brought to our Sanctuary by Metropolitan Alexios, presented to the parish and made available for veneration.

On Saturday morning, April 27, 2013, the community will engage in the rite of the Consecration.  The celebration will begin at 8:00 am with the Orthros Service and will culminate with a celebratory luncheon at the Parish Life Center located on the church grounds at 3431 Trickum Road, Marietta, GA 30066.

The day will be filled with reverent and spiritual rituals, which include:

1. The Three Processions around the Church Building with prayers offered at every side of the building thus establishing the grounds of the church as sacred.

2. The Placing of, and Sealing of, the Holy Relics in the Altar Table.

3. The Washing and Anointing of the Altar Table with the Holy Myrrh.

4. The placing of the four Icons of the Evangelists at the four corners of the Holy Table, from where the proclamation of the Gospel begins.

5. The covering of the Holy Altar with the savano (katasarkion) (a white cloth symbolizing the shroud with which the body of Christ was wrapped before placed in the tomb).

6. The Placing of the new Altar Coverings and other Holy Articles on the Holy Table.

7. The Lighting of the Unwaning Light (the oil lamb that burns on the Holy Altar all the time).

8. The anointing of the walls of the church with Holy Myrrh.

Once these actions have taken place, the holy sanctuary of the Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church will be Baptized, Chrismated, Sanctified, Consecrated, and dedicated to God for eternal use as an Orthodox Christian House of Worship.

All are welcome to join us for this blessed event.

 

Short account of the Consecration Service of a Church in Greek

 

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