Prayer Used in the Consecration of Vessels and Vestments
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A prayer used in the consecration of vestments and vessels such as chalices, patens, robes, cuffs, stoles, etc. that are offered for the service of the altar.
The prelate or the priest says the following prayer:
Almighty God, Holy and Glorious, Who are Holy from eternity and dwell in the light to which no man can draw near.
Though Your glory and holiness fill the universe, yet You did not leave Your Godhead without ministers to sing Your praise. You were, therefore, pleased to create the heavenly hosts who glorify and worship Your Majesty. It is not because You were lacking in glory, but in order that they become exalted by Your glory.
By Your loving grace, You created the world and elected high priests and priests for Your service and Your glory.
You founded the tabernacle for Your dwelling and had it adorned with magnificent vessels, i.e., censers, patens, libation bowls, candlesticks, albs, stoles, cuffs and the rest of the Mosaic ministry according to Your command.
Even now, O Lord, we Your servants, who have been saved by the Cross of Your Only-begotten Son, beseech Your mercies to sanctify and bless these vestments (vessels) that have been offered unto You, at our hands, forthe service of Your altar.
Grant, O Lord, that they may be worthy of the honor of Your holy temple and the glory of Your worshiped and exalted Name. Accept, O Lord, these gifts and make a good remembrance to the faithful who offered them and to those who have shared and are sharing them.
We ask these favors by the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, all the saints, and the orthodox fathers, O Father, Son and Holy Spirit, One true God, forever. Amen.
The celebrant makes the sign of the Cross three
times and says:
The celebrant burns incense, waves the vestments
(vessels) three times over the altar and says:
The deacons: Repeat the same prayer three times.
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