The Holy Spirit appearing as tongs of fire (Acts 2-3) – AND THERE APPEARED UNTO THEM CLOVEN TONGUES LIKE AS OF FIRE “comes” to the Apostles and raises them to heavenly mystics. The Holy Spirit enlightens them and appoints them Apostles of the world for all eternity to come.
The Holy Spirit delivered to the Apostles 85 Holy Apstolic canons that included the WILL of God for the SAlvation of man.
1st canon 1. A Bishop must be ordained by two or three other Bishops. The word Bishop primarily and properly is applied, in the divine and holy Scriptures, to God, who supervises and oversees all things in the universe 2nd canon 2. A Presbyter must be ordained by a single Bishop, and so must a Deacon and other Clergymen. 3rd Canon How to prepare Holy Communion . When our Lord Jesus Christ delivered to the Apostles the mystery of the divine service, he enjoined upon them not to celebrate it with any other species but (leavened) bread and wine mixed with water, after being Himself the first to do this at the time of the Mystic Supper, as is written in the Liturgy of St. James the brother of God: “of wine having mixed (the cup, that is) with water.”
The Holy Sacrament of the ordinations to Priests
These ordinations to Priests have allways taken place by the “laying of the hands” [A Tim 4:14 -14] “Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery”. [B Tim 1:6] “Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands” Lord Jesus is High Priest and Mediador to His FAther [Hebrews 5:5] “Christ did not take the honour of being High Priest by Himself. God Himself gave this honour to Him. You will be a priest forever in the priestly order of Melchizedek”. Lord Jesus never ceazes to be the ONLY High Priest of the Church that has the inviolable of Priesthood [Hebrew 7: 24] “But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood”. Priesthood (Eastern Orthodox Church)
Apostolic succession is the tracing of a direct line of apostolic ordination, Orthodox doctrine, and communion from the Apostles to the current episcopacy of the Orthodox Church. All three elements are constitutive of apostolic succession.
It is through apostolic succession that the Orthodox Christian Church is the spiritual successor to the original body of believers in Christ (the One Church Ephesians 4:5) that was composed of the Apostles. This succession manifests itself through the unbroken succession of its bishops back to the apostles.
https://orthodoxwiki.org/Apostolic_succession The Holy Sacraments /Mysteries
Holy Sacraments are also called Mysteries. During Baptism for instance a person is unided with God. We (the Church) we do not kow how this takes place. It is a Mystery to us! The sacraments are personal — they are the means whereby God’s Grace is appropriated to each individual Christian seperatly because easch and everyone has a personal relationship with God in Church! In most of the sacraments, the priest mentions the Christian name of each person as he administers the sacrament. [A Kor. 4:1] LET a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God http://orthodoxwiki.org/Holy_Mysteries
The priests do not perform the Holy Sacraments (Mysteries like Baptism, Priesthood Confession, Marriage, etr) by their own powers or on their own accord, but through the power of Lord Jesus (God Logos) and the priesthood of the Church they are clothed with, begotten through ordaining that was made through the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit (God) directs the Church to TOTAL TRUTH, and completes the Holy Sacraments (Mysteries) with His presence, enlightens clergy and Church members, shows the way to all people to Salvation (Sainthood) and vitalizes all creation. The Holy Fathers of the Greek Othodox Church say that the world is like a garden. The moment the garden will stop to produce fruit (Saints) the gardener (God) will stop to attend to it. That is when our Lords Second Coming will take place.
The Holy Seventy Apostles: their life and work. (right clic to English if needed)
https://www.ant1news.gr/eidiseis/article/556059/agioi-ebdomikonta-apostoloi-i-zoi-kai-to-ergo-toys (right clic and translate)
The Seventy carried out their mission with all precision and discipline when Christ was on earth. https://orthodoxwiki.org/Seventy_Apostles
The Fathers of the Church of the first Christian period, tried to identify them by sampling persons of the New Testament, mainly from the book of Acts, as well as the Epistles of the Apostle Paul. The first attempt to compile lists of the names of the Seventy Apostles was made in response to the actions of the Gnostics, who had an unorthodox and erroneous reaction to the episcopal office and the uninterrupted apostolic succession and intended to promote persons with unquestionable qualifications
The “new” Churches after the schism
THe first schism (867 AD), was a violation of the Symbol of Faith (Dogma) begoten during the Churches 1st Ecumenical Synod in 325 A.D in Nikea http://mb-soft.com/believe/txh/nicene.htm
and a disobedience to [Effesians 4:5-6] where Paul is very lucit of an very importand characteristic of the Church that can not be compromised 5 “One Lord, One faith, One baptism”. Futher more the following verse 6 Paul explains all of the reqazons why! 6 “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all”.
The Western Christians (Rome) and all others following there after by abandoning the right faith in 1054 AC they ~lost the Apostolic Succession~, and the consequence is that their Sacraments are not valid. They are called Christians, but they lost the sanctifying power. They (Catholic Church and those following ) are not vine-branches (John 15). Without the right participation in the Holy Sacraments of the Orthodox Church, which sanctify man and through him the world, we cannot advance towards incorruptibility, which finally will lead to the incorruptible universe, the «New Heaven» and the «New Earth»,or the «New Jerusalem» (Rev.21), (2.Pet.3,12-13), (Rom.8,21-22), (Hebr.12,26-28).
Because of the introduction of the “Papal primacy” and the dangerus independence from the apostolic Church”, the Seventy Apostles who were ordained Bishops based on the divine begoten canons of the Church, are given primary attention and are especially promoted outwards by the Orthodox Church, in reaction to the well-known positions of the Roman Catholic Church on the primacy of the Pope. That is why, although each one of the Apostles is celebraded on special separaded day in Church, there is common feast of those who suffered for the Gospel of the Son and the Word of God
There was a Church allready present with ordained Bishops and Archiebishops before the Holy Bible started to show up the year 60 AD and Salvation was taking place with the Holy SAcraments alone. After Baptism, (redeeming of all sins/ Salvation) can be achieved with no education at all a Christian is not even required to be able to read! Obedience is everything needed and participation to 1) Divine Thanks, 2) Confession, 3) Holy Communion, 4) Fasting and 5) Prayer no education needed to particibate in none of the above! According to Church Tradition Saint Clement (Philippians 4:3) who sighted the Holy Cannons by sighing the last 85th one, is the Saint who informed us that the 85 Holy Cannons that the Apostles used in order to create Christian Churches around the world were written by Paul and Peter.
The Holy Bible is not a philosophica book it was writen as a Ecclesiastic book. The Holy Bible does not redeem sin needed for the return to the presence of God only Lord Jesus/God/Logos does with His Holy Sacraments can! [John 8:21] “You can not come to where I am going with sins”. The Holy Fathers are also very explisit about a certain aspect of the Holy Bible. “It can not be interpreded…it can only be given meaning to” by those (the Church) who wrote it!
In verse [Eph 2:8 ] or any othe verses of the Holy Bible we need to allways keep in mind that there was a Church present with Bihops and Arciebisisops that were Priets in His Church that were “clothed” Christ for the Salvation of man otherwise we will be mislead to spiritual death which is the eternal separation of man from God! !
In [Eph 2:8 ] for examble we read “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God”,
The Grace of God talked about here in [Eph 2:8 ] that SAVES throught Faith (that was a gift from God), is the Life saving Divine Grace begoten during the Holy Sacrament of Baptism. “Having been baptized into Christ, and put on Christ (Gal 3,27), you have been made conformable to the Son of God; for God, having predestined us for adoption (Eph 1,5), formed us (Gn 2,7) according to Christ’s glorious body… You have become “Christs” by receiving the sign of the Holy Spirit. Everything that has happened to you has been in imitation of Christ, whose images you are’.Paul is pointing out to Church members throught [Eph 2:8 ] that they were saved because of their great Faith that was the reazon that they were led to Baptism! Paul was addressing Christian Church members as ~the creador of their Church~ who were allready SAVED by BAPTISM (Union with God/Salvation) as delivered by the Holy Spirit the day of Pentecost. They were SAVED because of their personal FAith to procced to Baptism and the life of the Church … and not because of their own works!
Bishops in His Church. The 70 Apostles
1.Agabus, a prophet who prophesied the arrest of the Apostle Paul and the great famine in Jerusalem (Honored April 8). 2. Akilas, a disciple of the Apostle Paul, after his wife Priscilla, martyred (Honored July 14, February 13). 3. Amblias, Bishop of Odyssepolis (of Macedonia), settled under the Apostle Andrew and under the national appellants (Honored October 31). 4. Ananias, a disciple of the Lord in Damascus, met Saul (Paul) blind at the Lord’s direction, whom he healed and baptized. He became Bishop of Damascus, finished by stoning (Honored October 1) 5. Andronikos, Bishop of Pannonia (It is honored to find his Holy Relics on May 17, July 30 and February 22). 6. Apellis, Bishop of Smyrna (Honored on September 10). 7. Apellis (other), Bishop of Thrace in Heraklion (Honored on October 31). 8. Apollo, Bishop of Caesarea (Honored December 8). 9. Apfia (s) (or Apfion), it is clearly a woman of the Apostle, mentioned by the Apostle Paul in the letter to Philemon. He martyred after the Apostles Dilimonos, Archippus and Onisimos during the reign of Nero (he is said to be Philemonos’ wife) (Honored on November 22). 10. Aristarchus, Bishop of Apamea in Syria, beheaded by Nero (Honored April 14 and September 27) 11. Aristobulus, Bishop of Britain, brother of the Apostle Barnabas (Honored October 31, March 15). 12. Artemas, Bishop of Lystra (Honored on October 30). 13. Archippus, student of the Apostle Paul in Colossae. It ended as a martyrdom during Nero (Honored November 22, February 19). 14. Incomparable, Bishop of Hyrcania, was martyred (Honored April 8). 15. Achaean, a disciple of the Apostle Paul in Corinth, ended with hunger and thirst (Honored June 15). 16. Barnabas or Josiah, Cypriot in his homeland, by the Hellenistic Jews of the island and by the tribe of Levi. From Josiah, for his sweet sermon, he was renamed Barnabas. A companion of the Apostle Paul, he preached the Gospel in Antioch, Jerusalem, Rome, Alexandria and Cyprus, where he was stoned and delivered to fire. He is the founder of the Church of Cyprus (Honored June 11). 17. Gaius, Bishop of Ephesus (Honored November 5). 18. Commended, Bishop of Carthage (Honored July 30). 19. Epaphroditus (or Epaphras), Bishop of Kolofonos or Kolonis or Adrakis (Honored December 8). 20. Erastus, treasurer of the Church of Jerusalem and Bishop of Paneados (Honored November 10). 21. Hermes, Bishop of Philippi or Plovdiv (Honored November 5). 22. Hermes, Bishop of Dalmatia (Honored March 8). 23. Evvoulos, student of the Apostle Paul (Honored on February 28). 24. Evodos, Bishop of Antioch, successor of the Apostle Peter (Honored on September 7). 25. Zacchaeus, ruler of Jericho, called by the Lord (Honored April 20). 26. Zenas or Zenon, Bishop of the Diocese of Laodicea (Honored on September 27). 27. Herodion and Rhodia or Rhodes, Bishop of New Patras, follower of the Apostles. It was martyred by Jews and Gentiles or Bishop of Tarsus, follower of the Apostles Peter in Rome. He was beheaded by Nero after Olympus (Honored March 28, November 10). 28. James the Brother, brother of the Lord and son of Joseph the Minister, author of the eponymous Catholic Epistle and first Hierarch of Jerusalem. The Saint was martyred by the Jews (It is celebrated on October 23, and Sunday after the Nativity of Christ). 29. James of Alphaeus or Alphaeus, brother of Matthew the Evangelist (Honored October 9). 30. Jason, Bishop of Tarsus, student of the Apostle Paul (Honored April 2 31. Judas James or Thaddaeus and Leviathan, brother in the flesh of the Lord and son of Joseph the Minister, and a genuine brother of James the Brotherhood (Honored June 19). 32. June (s), this is probably a man of the Apostle, mentioned by the Apostle Paul in the letter to the Romans (Honored on May 17, February 22 (finding Holy Relics). 33. Justus or Joseph or Warsaw or Jesus or Josiah, Bishop of Eleftheroupolis, the ally of Matthew, the brother god (Honored October 30). 34. Caesar, Bishop of Koroni (Honored December 8). 35. Karpos, Bishop of Veria or Veria of Thrace (Honored on May 26). 36. Kifas (Honored December 8). 37. Klimis, Bishop of Sardis or Sardiki (Honored on September 10). 38. Kordatos, Bishop of Athens. It ended in martyrdom in Magnesia (It is honored on September 21). 39. Quartus, Bishop of Beirut (Honored November 10). 40. Kriskis, Bishop of Carthage (Honored July 30). 41. Linos, Bishop of Rome after the Apostle Peter (Honored November 5). 42. Lucas or Lucius, Bishop of the Laodicean Church in Syria, different from the Evangelist. (Honored September 10). 43. Mark, (also John), Bishop of the Bible of Antioch, various of the Evangelist. (Honored September 27). 44. Mark (other), nephew of Barnabas, Bishop of Apollonia, different from the Evangelist and the previous one. (Honored October 30). 45. Matthias, who by lot replaced Judas the traitor and was counted among the Twelve (Honored August 9). 46. Narcissus, Bishop of Athens. It ended martyrdom (Honored October 31). 47. Nakanor, deacon out of seven, finished on the same day after Archdeacon Sephanos (Honored July 28). 48. Nymph, student of the Apostle Paul (Honored February 28). 49. Olympus, follower of the Apostle Peter in Rome. He was beheaded by Nero after Rodion (Honored November 10). 50. Onisimos, student of the Apostle Paul. It ended as a martyrdom in Potioli (It is honored on February 15, November 22). 51. Onisiforos, Bishop of Colophon, accomplice of the Apostle Paul (Honored on September 7). 52. Urbanos, Bishop of Macedonia, settled under the Apostle Andrew and under the national appellants (Honored October 31). 53. Parmenas, Deacon of seven (Honored July 28). 54. Patrovas, Bishop of Potiolon (Honored November 5). 55. Poudis, follower of the Apostle Paul. He was martyred on Nero (Honored on April 14). 56. Prochoros, Deacon of seven, Bishop of Nicomedia, collaborator of the Evangelist John and in the writing of the Gospel (Honored July 28). 57. Roufos, Bishop of Thebes in Greece. It ended martyrdom (It is honored April 8). 58. Silas, Bishop of Corinth, accomplice of the Apostle Paul (Honored July 30). 59. Siluanos, Bishop of Thessaloniki, accomplice of the Apostle Paul (Honored July 30). 60. Simeon or Symeon or Cleopas, the brother god, second Bishop of Jerusalem, son of Joseph the Minister and brother of James. The Saint was crucified on Trajan (Honored April 27, October 30). 61. Stachys, Bishop (first) of Byzantium, established under Andrew the First Called (Honored October 31). 62. Stefanas, student of the Apostle Paul (Honored June 15). 63. Stefanos, first martyr and Archdeacon. Finished by stoning (Honored December 27, August 2, September 15). 64. Sosthenis, Bishop of Kolofonos (Honored December 8). 65. Sosipatros, Bishop of Konya, student of the Apostle Paul (Honored November 10, April 29). 66. Tertius, Bishop of Konya, student of the Apostle Paul (Honored October 30). 67. Timothy, Bishop of Ephesus, disciple of the Apostle Paul, finished martyrdom (Honored January 22). 68. Timon, deacon out of seven, Bishop of Bostra, martyred (Honored July 28). 69. Titus, Bishop of Gortyn of Crete, student of the Apostle Paul (Honored August 25). 70. Trofimos, follower of the Apostle Paul. He suffered a martyr’s death on Nero (Honored on April 14). 71. Tychicus, Bishop of Chalcedon or Colophon, follower of the Apostle Paul (Honored December 8). 72. Philemon, Bishop of Gazi, student of the Apostle Paul, martyred in the Colossi during the reign of Nero (Honored November 22). 73. Philip, deacon of seven, of Caesarea in Palestine, who baptized Simon the Magician and the Eunuch of Kandaki (October 11). 74. Philologist, Bishop of Sinope, established under Andrew the First Called (Honored November 5). 75. Flegon, Bishop of Marathon. It ended martyrdom (It is honored April 8). 76. Fourtounatos, student of the Apostle Paul. It ended with martyrdom (Honored June 15).
Priesthood (Eastern Orthodox Church)
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