The Priesthood, Hebrew and Christian

From the Orthodox Study Bible (Old Testament): OLD TESTAMENT PRIESTS The Hebrew word for “priest” is kohen. He is the Levite who stood as intercessor for the people before God. Old Testament priests offered up gifts and sacrifices to the Lord on behalf of the people, that they might be reconciled to Him. The Lord directed Moses to construct the tabernacle (Ex 25:1-27:21). Then He established a permanent, hereditary priesthood, beginning with Moses’ brother Aaron and continuing through … [Read more...]

The Priesthood — Earthly and Eternal

From the Orthodox Study Bible: A major theme of the Book of Hebrews is the contrast between the earthly, or Levitical, priesthood, and the eternal priesthood of Melchizedek, which is fulfilled in Christ. The Levitical priesthood, established by Aaron of the tribe of Levi, is limited simply because those who fill it are ordinary human beings. The Levitical priests carry out God’s instructions and assist the people in their worship, but they cannot ultimately reconcile people to God. The … [Read more...]

Ordination

From the Orthodox Study Bible: Sacraments (or mysteries) are holy actions of the Church by which spiritual life is imparted to those receiving them. Ordination, which means “to set in place” or “to select by the outstretched hand,” is one of several Orthodox sacraments. It is extended specifically to bishops, presbyters (priests) and deacons, and generally to all through Holy Baptism. Bishops. In His ministry Christ ordained or “set in place” the Twelve, assuring them, “You did not choose … [Read more...]

The Sacraments, Divine Mysteries of the Church

Do you know what a sacrament is?  A sacrament or divine mystery by its most basic definition is a special occasion of Divine grace. Most of us have heard of the seven main sacraments or mysteries of the Church they are: Baptism, Chrismation, Holy Communion, Confession, Holy Unction, Marriage, and Ordination.  Some people within their lifetime will receive each of the seven main sacraments while others may only participate in four or five.  Yet every Orthodox Christian receives at least three of … [Read more...]