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into sections; would like to see an explanation of the meaning behind tonsuring
A '''tonsure''' is the cutting of hair, and is a part of several [[sacraments]] of initiation. Today in Eastern Orthodoxy, there are three types of '''tonsure''': baptismal[[baptism]]al, [[monastic]], and [[clergy|clerical]]. It is an offering of self to God.  ==Form==It always consists of the cutting of four locks of hair in a [[cross|cruciform ]] pattern: at the front of head as the [[celebrant ]] says "In the Name of the Father,", at the back of head at the words "and the Son,", and on either side of the head at the words "and the Holy Spirit.". In all cases, the hair is allowed to grow back; the tonsure as such is not adopted as a hairstyle. The hair which has been cut is burnt in the [[censer]]. ==Baptism==Baptismal tonsure is performed during the rite of Holy Baptism as a first sacrificial offering by the newly baptized. When a [[conversion|convert]] is [[chrismation|chrismated]], tonsuring also takes place. ==Monasticism==Monastic tonsure (of which there are three grades: Rassophore, Stavrophore , and the Great Schema) is the rite of initiation into the monastic state.  ==Ordination==Clerical tonsure is done prior to the [[ordination ]] to the rank of [[reader]]. This has lead to the common usage that one is "tonsured a reader,", although technically the rite of tonsure occurs prior to the actual ordination by laying on of hands. [[Category:Rites]][[Category:Sacraments]]
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