Monday, January 25, 2016

Holy Orders...the Church's Other Lung

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

We are very familiar with the Roman Catholic tradition and Rites of Priestly Ordination, having participated in well over 10 of these sacramental liturgies over the past 17 years.

But this is what our Orthodox brothers in the faith
have to offer from their faith tradition.

A bishop is the Teacher of the Faith, the carrier of Sacred Tradition, and the living Vessel of Grace through whom the energeia (divine grace) of the Holy Spirit flows into the rest of the church.[1] A bishop is consecrated through the laying on of hands by several bishops... The consecration of a bishop takes place near the beginning of the Liturgy, since a bishop can, in addition to performing the Mystery of the Eucharist, also ordain priests and deacons. Before the commencement of the Holy Liturgy, the bishop-elect professes, in the middle of the church before the seated bishops who will consecrate him, in detail the doctrines of the Orthodox Christian Faith and pledges to observe the canons of the Apostles and Councils, the Typikon and customs of the Orthodox Church and to obey ecclesiastical authority.

After the transmutation [our transubstantiation] of the Holy Gifts, the bishop presents to the newly ordained priest a portion of the Lamb (i.e., the Body of Christ)"

Where there is energeia on their side and the Holy Eucharist on our side, we see that the two lungs of the Church have a great gift to offer a world that is so driven to solve the "problem" of mass energy consumption

Any similarity to the Holy Monstrance 
that contains the Real Presence,
The Body of Christ
is purely intentional.

Sincerely yours in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

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