During the Baptismal Service, the person also receives Chrismation.
The mysteries of baptism and chrismation are intimately related in the Orthodox faith. Chrismation is the fulfillment of baptism. While baptism incorporates us into Christ’s family, chrismation makes us partakers of his Spirit. Chrismation is called the seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit; it consists of the accepting of the Holy Spirit as the source everlasting life. Anointed with the Holy Oil, we are marked forever as followers of Christ. We belong to him and to his holy Church.
Those wishing to become Orthodox Christians must receive catechism from an Orthodox priest. After receiving instruction in the faith, the candidates are accepted into the church by one of three ways prescribed by the Sixth Ecumenical Council (Canon 95) as appropriate:
- Baptism in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit by triune immersion
- Confession of Faith
Proof of baptism must be established by an authentic document. The priest must undertake to instruct the applicant in matters of the faith and practice that govern the inner life and outward behavior of the Orthodox Christian. If the applicant has not been baptized in the name of the Holy Trinity in a Christian church by the principle of “oikonomia,” he or she must be baptized as prescribed in the Service Book.