The Anathemas of theSunday of Orthodoxy
At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, after the dismissal, the clergy and servers come forth to the base of the solia, bearing ikons. The protos with the Cross remains on the amvon.
(This Service can be performed without a Bishop)
The Protodeacon begins thus
Who is so great a God as our God? Thou art the God who doeth wonders!
He repeateth the same three (3) times, in a progressively louder voice. Then he readeth the following –
Celebrating today the Triumph of orthodoxy, O ye people, let us glorify above all our good God, who is blessed forever. This, ourGod, having taken thought for and established His beloved inheritance, the Holy Church, and having comforted with His trueword our forebears who fell away through our transgression, hath set our foundation in paradise. This, our God, directing mantoward His promise of salvation, let not Hmself bereft of witness, but, proclaimed the salvation which was to come, first throughthe forefathers and prophets, presenting it by diverse images. This is our God, who by the prophets of old spoke to the fathers veryoften and in diverse ways, and in these latter days has spoken to us in the SON, by whom time was created, who announced thegood pleasure of the Father for us, disclosed the mysteries of heaven, comfirmed the truth of the glad tidings by the power of theHoly Spirit, sent the Apostles throughout the whole world to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom, and comfirmed it with diversepowers and wonders. Following this saving revelation and holding fast to the good tidings thereof, we confess that:
in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible:And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Only-begotten, Begotten of the Father before all ages, Light of Light,True God of True God, Begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father, by whom all things were made: Who for usmen and for our salvation came down from the heavens, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man; And was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried; And rose again on the thirdday, according to the Scriptures; And ascended into the heavens, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father; And shallcome again, with glory, to judge both the living and the dead, Whose kingdom shall have no end. And in the HolySpirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, Who proceedeth from the Father, Who with the Father and the Son together isworshiped and glorified, Who spake by the Prophets; In One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. I Confess oneBaptism for the remission of sins. I look for the Resurrection of the dead, And the life of the world to come
And he Chanteth:
This is the Faith of the Apostles! This is the Faith of the Fathers! This is the ORTHODOX (Catholic) Faith! (This is theFaith of the Orthodox) This Faith has established the Universe (
or the whole world
)!Furthermore, we accept and affirm the councils of the Holy Fathers (which number 7 in all), and their traditions andwritings with one accord with divine revelation. And though the enemies of Orthodoxy oppose this providence of theLord and saving revelation, yet has the Lord been midful of the reproaches of His servants; for He hath mocked themthat blaspheme his glory and hath affronted the audacious enemies of Orthodoxy and put them to flight.Therefore, as we bless and praise those who obey the divine revelation and confirm their will to it, so do we cut off andgive over to ANATHEMA those who oppose this Truth, if while the Lord awaited their return and repentance, theydid not repent; and in this we follow the sacred tradition of the early church, holding fast to her traditions.
Start in a Comfortably Low voice:
TO those who reject the existence of God and maintain this, His world is self-existent, and that everything thereincame into being by chance, and not by the providence of God, ANATHEMA! (X3)TO those who say that God is not spirit, but flesh, or that he is just not full of tender mercy, most-wise and all-