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'''Ordination''' is a [[Holy Mysteries|sacrament]] (or one of the [[holy mysteries]]) of [[holy orders]]. The Greek word used for ordination is "cheirotonia", which means "the laying on of hands". Members of a [[Major orders|major order]]—[[bishop]], [[priest]], and [[deacon]]—are ordained during a [[Divine Liturgy]] by a bishop, who is usually assisted by several priests. According to Orthodox teaching, the process of ordination begins with the local [[congregation]]; but the bishop alone, who acts in the name of the universal Church, can complete the action.
== Subdiaconate ==