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"Chin Bratotvoreniyu"

Old Church Slavonic text of the Rite of Brotherhood.


The priest enters the church and places the Gospel on the table [tetrapod] before the altar. And before the Gospel the following litany [is said]: In peace let let us pray to the Lord. [Responses of "Lord, have mercy" are understood] For the peace that is from above, and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord. Let us pray to the Lord. For the servants of God here (N. and N.) and for their love in Christ and for their well-being, let us pray to the Lord. O Un____ (Bezblaz...) _____ (Prebivati) love as brothers/brotherly love, let us pray to the Lord. For their and our deliverance from all danger, wrath, and affliction, let us pray to the Lord.

[First] Prayer.

O Lord God, Almighty, You made mankind after Your image and likeness and have granted us eternal life. You thought it right that Your holy and glorious apostles Peter and Paul, as well as Philip and Bartholomew, be joined as brothers: not by birth, but by faith, love, and the Holy Spirit. Likewise, Your holy martyrs Sergius and Bacchus were made brothers. Now bless Your servants (N. and N.) to be joined in brotherhood: not by birth, but by faith and love. Grant them mutual love without envy or temptation all the days of their lives, through the prayers of Your saints who have pleased You throughout the ages. For Yours is the dominion of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to ages of ages. Amen.

[Second] Prayer.

Lord our God, who has granted us all things for salvation, and who has commanded us to love one another and to forgive each others' transgressions; now You Yourself, Master and Lover of mankind, to these Your servants who have loved each other with spiritual love, and who approach Your holy temple to be blessed by You, grant to them a faith unashamed, a love unfeigned. And as You gave Your holy disciples Your own peace, also grant these all the petitions for salvation, and eternal life. For You are a merciful and loving God, and to You we ascribe glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

And they kiss the Gospel, and the (priest['s hand]) and (each other?).

From Velikii Potrebnik, printed by Edinovertsii in Moscow (Now called Belokrinitsky Hierarchy of Old Rite), in the year 1904. Transcribed by Nikita Syrnikov. Translated by Fr. Basil Isaacks April 1, 1995. The text is abbreviated, with standard liturgical prayers (most of Litany, Antiphons, etc.) omitted. Cf. Jacobus Goar, Euchologion (1st ed., Paris 1647; 2nd ed., Venice 1730), pp. 706-709, s.v. "Akolouthia eis Adelphopoiian Pneumatiken."

  SEE ALSO

Adelphopoiia - The Rite of Spiritual Brotherhood
by Nicholas Zymaris
Introduction to the rite of spiritual brotherhood practiced by the Eastern Orthodox Church to unite same-sex couples in a way similar to the marriage from as early as the ninth century AD.

Florensky on Brotherhood Rite
The Russian spiritual philosopher Father Pavel Florensky on the brotherhood rite.

Fraternization from a Canonical Perspective
by Fr. Evangelos K. Mantzouneas
The Greek Synod Committee on Legal and Canonical Matters explains its position on the rite of fraternization: "Through fraternization the ideal love between youths was made obvious".

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