Ordination rites

The ordination rites are a late compilation, though clearly drawing on earlier material. Thus there are parallels not only with the Syrian Orthodox, but also the Melkite rite, the Byzantine rite for deacons, and the Apostolic Constitutions. The prayer for the ordination of priests includes the petition:

Now also, Lord God, we pray you and beseech your many mercies, that you would look on us with the eye of your mercy and strengthen this your servant N, who bends his neck before your holy altar and before our lowliness, that he may receive from us sinners this imposition of hands of your Holy Spirit, that he may fulfil this angelic ministry and be worthy to minister your true and divine doctrine for the strength and stability of the holy Church.

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