Bow Your Heads Unto the Lord, Ye Catechumens

Due to circumstance and illness, since our family entered the catechumenate on the afternoon of the Sunday of Orthodoxy, we’ve not been at the Divine Liturgy as a whole family at All Saints. My wife and daughters spent a bit more than two weeks with family and upon their return the girls brought home some Oklahoma illnesses. So today was the first day we’ve had together as a family back home at our parish. So today, after the sermon, we together went forward for the prayers of the catechumens.

Priest:
Pray unto the Lord, ye catechumens.

People:
Lord, have mercy.

Priest:
Ye faithful, pray ye for the catechumens, that the Lord may have mercy upon them.

People:
Lord, have mercy.

Priest:
That He may teach them the word of truth;

People:
Lord, have mercy.

Priest:
That He may reveal to them the Gospel of righteousness.

People:
Lord, have mercy.

Priest:
That He may unite them unto His Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church;

People:
Lord, have mercy.

Priest:
Save them, have mercy upon them, preserve them, and protect them, O God, by Thy grace.

People:
Lord, have mercy.

Priest:
Bow your heads unto the Lord, ye catechumens.

People:
To Thee, O Lord.

Priest (in a low voice):
O Lord, our God, Who dwellest on high and regardest the humble of heart; Who hast sent forth as the salvation of mankind Thine Only-begotten Son and God, our Lord Jesus Christ; look down upon Thy servants, the catechumens, who have bowed their necks before Thee; make them worthy in due season of the laver of regeneration. Unite them to thy Holy, Universal and Apostolic Church, and number them with Thy chosen flock.

Priest:
That they also with us may glorify Thy most honorable and majestic Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

I can still very much recall our first worship together as a family at All Saints, which happened to be my birthday in 2003. Today we have added our little Delaina to that threesome. It feels so very good to be that much closer to home. May the Lord have mercy on us.

As the prayer states, we are going to be united to his Church, and our union with Christ made secure. We are even now being taught, and how much there is to learn. But the culmination will be that of glorifying the Holy Trinity. Forever. This is our destiny, what we are made for.

And pray for us, the catechumens.

4 thoughts on “Bow Your Heads Unto the Lord, Ye Catechumens

  1. Delana was cute, kept yelling “Hat! Hat! Hat!” pointing at the hat I was wearing this morning, during the catechumen prayers.

  2. Congratulations. My Wife and I will be Chrismated on Holy Saturday in several weeks after a long journey to the faith. Our prayers are with you.

    Billy & Carri ( Stephen & Apollonia)

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