Dedication FAQs:


Q: Is dedication the act of consecrating an altar?

A: Yes, and temple, church, or other sacred building.

Q: Is dedication said, followed by an ektenia?

A: Yes, Warm water is poured thrice upon the Holy Table, and it is wiped down by the priests, and then washed with a mixture of rose water and red wine. It is then anointed with chrism in the form of a cross. The altar, the Gospel Book, and the altar cloths are then censed, every pillar is crossed with chrism, while various hymns and psalms are chanted.

Q: Is dedication also mentioned in John 10:22 where it mentions Jesus being at the Jerusalem Temple during "the Feast of Dedication" and further notes "and it was winter"?

A: Yes.

Q: Is dedication described in the Caeremoniale Episcoporum?

A: Yes, and chapters IX-X, and in the Roman Missal's Ritual Masses for the Dedication of a Church and an Altar.