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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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