After nearly a year and a half of attending Orthodox churches, I have now been admitted into the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church by Chrismation as of last Sunday. It was also a delight to have my fiancee and my twin daughters, who turned five on Sunday, baptized straight after my chrismation. You can watch my chrismation service below:
Some of it may be hard to hear, so here is the text of the service.
As you will hear on the video, my Church Name is Philip. Philip was the name on my original birth certificate, before I was adopted by my parents, so in my adoption by the Church I thought it appropriate to take the name back. My Name Saint is Saint Philip of Moscow, a brave Metropolitan of the Church who stood up to Ivan the Terrible by denying him communion, and paid for it with his life. I liked the idea of a Saint who stood up to politicians!
It is an indescribable joy to finally be united with Christ’s Church. In the words of the Divine Liturgy:
We have seen the true light,
We have received the heavenly Spirit;
We have found the true faith,
Worshipping the undivided Trinity:
For He has saved us!