Currently, we are meeting in our home to study and live the Eucharist. Our focus is the ancient faith and what that means for us today.
We also study the charismata what that means for us today. Our model is the teachings of father Seraphim Eusebius and his orthodox renewal movement. We also look heavily to the teachings of Saint Symeon the new theologian.
Different orthodox liturgical expressions are a theme for us because we would like to find our expression that is thoroughly orthodox yet speaks to the demographic that we work among. We are very interested in starting a ministry among the street people here in our town. Working with the homeless and street people will be an emphasis for our entire jurisdiction as it grows.
The APC church in Russia under our Primate Vitaly is also a role model that we like to emulate as we learn more about them.
please feel free to join us on our journey!
Syrian Apostolic Line
Yeshua Mar Addai/St. Thaddeus of the 70, with Shimun Keepa (St Peter), Thoma Shlikha (St Thomas), and Tulmay (St Bartholomew) 1 Mar Aggai (66-81) 2 Palut of Edessa (81-121) 3 Abris/Abres/Ahrasius (121-148) 4 Abraham I of Kashker (148-171) 5 Mar Yacob I/Ya Qobi (172-190) 6 Ebid M'shikha (191-203) 7 Ahadabui/Ah ha d'Aboui (204-220) 8 Shahaloopa of Kashker/Shahlufa (220-280) 9 Mar Papa Bar Aggai (280-316) 10 Shem On Bar Sabba E/Simeon Barsabae (317-341) 11 Shah Dost/Shalidoste (341-343) 12 Barba Shmin/Barbashmin (343-346) 13 Tomarsa/Toumarsa (346-370) 14 Qayyoma/Qaioma (371-399) 15 Isaac (399-410) 16 Ahha/Ahhi (410-414) 17 Yahballaha I/Yab-Alaha I (415-420) 18 Mana/Maana (420) 19 Farbokht/Frabokht (421) 20 Dadisho/Dadishu I (421-456) 21 Babowai/Babvahi (457-484) 22 Barbauma (484-485) Acacius (485-496) 23 Babai (497-503) 24 Shiza (503-523) 25 Elisha & Narai Intrusus (524-537) 26 Paul (539) 27 Aba I (540-552) 28 Joseph (552-567) 29 Ezekiel (567-581) 30 Isho Yahb I (582-595) 31 Sabrisho I (596-604) 32 Gregory (605-609) Babai the Great (609-628) 33 Isho Yahb II (628-645) 34 Maremmeh (646-649) 35 Isho Yahb III (649-659) 36 Giwargis I (661-680) 37 Yohannan I (680-683) 38 Hnanisho I (686-698) 39 Sliba-Zkha (714-728) 40 Pethion (731-740) 41 Aba II (741-751) 42 Surin (753) 43 Ya Qob II (753-773) 44 Hnanisho II (773-780) 45 Timothy I (780-823) 46 Isha Bar nun (823-828) 47 Giwargis II (828-831) 48 Sabrisho II (831-835) 49 Abraham II (837-850) 50 Theodosius (853-858) 51 Sargis (860-872) 52 Israel of Kashkar (877) 53 Enosh (877-884) 54 Yohannan II Bar Narsai (884-891) 55 Yohannan III (893-899) 56 Yohannan IV Bar Abgar (900-905) 57 Abraham III (906-937) 58 Emmanuel I (937-960) 59 Israel (961) 60 Abdisho I (963-986) 61 Mari (987-999) 62 Yohannan V (1000-1011) 63 Yohannan VI Bar Nazuk (1012-1016) 64 Isho Yahb IV Bar Ezekiel (1020-1025) 65 Eliya (1028-1049) 66 Yohannan VII Bar Targal (1049-1057) 67 Sabrisho III (1064-1072) 68 Abdisho II Ibn Al-Arid (1074-1090) 69 Makkikha I (1092-1110) 70 Eliya II Bar Moqli (1111-1132) 71 Bar Sawma (1134-1136) 72 Abdisho III Bar Moqli (1139-1148) 73 Isho Yahb V (1149-1176) 74 Eliya III (1176-1190) 75 Yahballaha II (1190-1222) 76 Sabrisho IV Bar Qayyoma (1222-1224) 77 Sabrisho V Ibn al-Masihi (1226-1256) 78 Makkikha II (1257-1265) 79 Denha I (1265-1281) 80 Yahballaha III (1281-1317) 81 Timothy II (1318-1332) 82 Denha II (1336-1381) 83 Shem on II (1365-1392) [Uncertain Dates] 83.1 Shem on III (1403-1407) [Uncertain existence] 84 Eliya IV (1437) 85 Shem on IV Basidi (1437-1493, dies 1497) 86 Shem on V (1497-1501) 87 Eliya V (1502-1503) 88 Shem on VI (1504-1538) 89 Shem on VII Isho Yahb (1539-1558) 90 Eliya (VI) VII (1558-1591) 91 Eliya VII/VIII (1591-1617) 92 Eliya VIII/IX (1617-1660) 93 Eliya IX/X Yohannan Marogin (1660-1700) 94 Eliya X/XI Marogin (1700-1722) 95 Eliya XI/XII Denkha (1722-1778) 96 Eliya XII/XIII Isho Yahb (1778-1804) 97 Yohannan VIII Hormizd (1804-1830) 98 Nicholas I Zaya (1839-1846) 99 Joseph VI Audo (1847-1878) 100 Eliya XIV Abulyonan (1878-1894) 101 Audishu V Khayyath/Georges Ebed-Iesu (1894-1899) 102 Yousef VI Emmanuel II Thomas (1900-1946) 103 Mar Antoine/Antoine Lefberne/Lefebvre on 27 May 1917 104 Mar John Emmanuel/Arthur Wolfort Brooks on 04 May 1925 105 Mar David I/Wallace de Ortega Maxey on 13 July 1946 106 Mar Alexander/Nils Bertil Alexander Persson on 07 November 1986 107 Bp. Walter Walgrave on 25 June, 1995 108 Mar Baraka-Thomas/Abp. Rodney Rickard on 13 October, 2017 109 Mar Symeon/Abp. Mark Walker on 08 December, 2018
Coptic Orthodox Succession
Yeshua Mark I (43-68) Anianus (68-82) Avilius (83-95) Kedron (96-106) Primus (106-118) Justus (118-129) Eumenes (131-141) Markianos (142-152) Celadion (152-166) Agrippinus (167-178) Julian (178-189) Demetrius I (189-232) Heraclas (232-248) Dionysius (248-264) Maximus (265-282) Theonas (282-300) Peter I (300-311) Achillas (312-313) Alexander I (313-326) Vacant (326-328) Athanasius (328-339) * [As an Arian, he is not normally listed by the Coptic Church] Peter II (373-380) Timothy I (380-385) Theophilus I (385-412) Cyril I (412-444) Dioscorus I (444-454) Vacant (454-457) Timothy II (457-477) Peter III (477-489) Athanasius II (489-496) John I (496-505) John II (505-516) Dioscorus II (516-517) Timothy III (517-535) Theodosius I (535-567) Peter IV Damian (569-605) Anastasius (605-616) Andronicus (616-622) Benjamin I (622-661) Agatho (661-677) John III (677-688) Isaac (688-689) Simeon I (689-701) Alexander II (702-729) Cosmas I (729-730) Theodosius II (730-742) Michael I (743-767) Mina I (767-775) John IV (776-799) Mark II (799-819) Jacob (819-830) Simeon II (830) Joseph I (831-849) Michael II (849-851) Cosmas II (851-858) Shenouda I (859-880) Michael III (880-907) Vacant (907-910) Gabriel I (910-921) Cosmas III (921-933) Macarius I (933-953) Theophilus II (953-956) Mina II (956-974) Abraham (975-978) Philotheos (979-1003) Zacharias (1004-1032) Shenouda II (1032-1046) Christodolos (1047-1077) Cyril II (1078-1092) Michael IV (1092-1102) Macarius II (1102-1131) Gabriel II (1131-1145) Michael V (1145-1146) John V (1147-1166) Mark III (1166-1189) John VI (1189-1216) Vacant (1216-1235) Cyril III (1235-1243) Vacant (1243-1250) Athanasius III (1250-1261) John VII (1261-1268) Gabriel III (1268-1271) John VII [Restored] (1271-1293) Theodosius III (1293-1300) John VIII (1300-1320) John IX (1320-1327) Benjamin II (1327-1339) Peter V (1340-1348) Mark IV (1348-1363) John X (1363-1369) Gabriel IV (1370-1378) Matthew I (1378-1408) Gabriel V (1408-1427) John XI (1427-1452) Matthew II (1453-1466) Gabriel VI (1466-1475) Michael VI (1475-1477) John XII (1480-1483) John XIII (1483-1524) Vacant (1524-1526) Gabriel VII (1526-1569) Vacant (1569-1573) John XIV (1573-1589) Gabriel VIII (1587-1603) Vacant (1603-1610) Mark V (1610-1621) John XV (1621-1631) Matthew III (1631-1645) Mark VI (1645-1660) Matthew IV (1660-1676) John XVI (1676-1718) Peter VI (1718-1726) John XVII (1727-1745) Mark VII (1745-1769) John XVIII (1769-1796) Mark VIII (1797-1810) Peter VII (1810-1852) Vacant (1852-1854) Cyril IV (1854-1861) Demetrius II (1862-1870) Vacant (1870-1874) Cyril V (1874-1927) John XIX (1928-1942) Macarius III (1942-1944) Vacant (1944-1946) Joseph II (1946-1956) Abp. Gebre Giyorgis/Abuna Basilios on 13 January 1951 by Joseph II Abp. La Von Miguel Haithman/Gabre Mikael Kristos on 12 July 1959 Abp. Philip Lewis on 16 February 1982 Abp. Nils Bertil Persson on 13 October 1990 Bp. Walter Walgrave on 25 June, 1995 Abp. Rodney Rickard on 13 October, 2017 Abp. Mark Walker on 08 December, 2018
Apostolic Line of Succession of Mark Walker Quotes from the Early Church Fathers ;
We cling to the standard of the heavenly Church of Jesus Christ according to the Succession of the Apostles" Origen "The words of our Lord Jesus Christ are plain that he sent His Apostles and gave to them the power that had been given to Him by His Father And we have succeeded to them governing the Lords Church with the Same Power." Seventh Council of Carthage "The true knowledge is the doctrine of the Apostles, and the ancient system of the Church in all the world, and the character of the body of Christ according to the successions of bishops, to whom they [the Apostles] delivered the church in each separate place: which knowledge has come down to us jealously preserved, with any forgery of scriptures. With us is the full Preaching, admitting of neither addition nor subtraction, and the Lessons unadulterated, and the Exposition of the Scriptures neither abnormal nor careless nor perilous nor irreverent, and the preeminent Gift of love; St. Ireneaus
By Mandate Theophan Noli was consecrated by order of the Ecumenical Patriachate, Metr. Theophan (Fan) Stylian Noli was consecrated by Metropolitan Hierotheos Andon Yaho, then Bishop of Korcha, assisted by Metropolitan Kristofor Kissi (Kisi, Kisis) of Syradon (who was later the Metropolitan-Archbishop of Albania), by the authority of the Ecumenical Patriarch, on November 21, 1923 (Old Style) at the Cathedral of St. George in Korcha, Albania; Theophan Noli was consecrated as the Metropolitan of Durrazzo (Durres), Gora, and Shpata and Primate of All Illyria, the Western Sea, and All Albania. Bishop Arsenias Saltas was consecrated for the Autocephalous Greek Eastern Orthodox Catholic Apostolic Church of North America, August 25, 1934, Who was consecrated by Metropolitan Theophan (Fan) Stylian Noli (the Albanian Orthodox Church primate in America) assisted by Bishop Christopher Contogeorge. Bp. Arsenias Saltas, in 1954, became the Exarch in America of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa. Abp. Joseph Klimovicz of the American Holy Orthodox Catholic Eastern Church, was consecrated for the for the Russian Orthodox Church in 1935, Who was Consecrated by Bishop Arsenias Saltas Abp. Joachim Souris for the American Holy Orthodox Catholic Eastern Church then later became part of Orthodox Church of Greece (Old Calendarists) in Athens, Greece,Metropolitan Walter Propheta for the American Orthodox Church/Theocacna . Who was Consecrated by Abp. Joachim Souris Bp. Francis Joseph Ryan, Who was consecrated by Metropolitan Walter Propheta for the American Orthodox Church/Theocacna . Bp. Francis Joseph Ryan, Who was consecrated by Metropolitan Walter Propheta for the American Orthodox Church/Theocacna . Bp. Denis Garrison, who was consecrated Bp. Francis Joseph Ryan of the American Orthodox Catholic Church. Bishop Denis Garrison and Bishop Paul Dolan sub-conditionally consecrated Bishop K.P Mason on April 22,2001, Bishop K. P. Mason and Bishop Rodney Rickard consecrated Bishop Mark Walker on December 8, 2018.
Our Lines through the Russian Orthodox Church
Bishop Mark Walker was consecrated on December 8, 2018 by Bishop K.P Mason assisted by Bishop Rodney Rickard, who consecrated sub-conditionally by Bishop Denis and Paul Dolan and on April 22, 2001, who was consecrated by Abp. Francis Ryan; who was consecrated by Bishop Walter (Wolodymyr I) Myron Propheta who was consecrated by Bp. Joachim Souris ; who was consecrated by Bp. Joseph Klimovicz (Klimovitch) ; who was consecrated by by Bishop Arsenias Saltas; who was consecrated by Bp. Christopher Contogeorge (Kontogiorgios) assisted by Bishop Sophronios Bishara was consecrated by Abp. Aftimios Ofiesh, the first primate of The Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in North America, who was consecrated by Abp. Evdokim Meschersky; who was consecrated by Abp. Macarius of Moscow, Russia, assisted by Bishop Innokentij of St. Petersburg [Abp. Evdokim became Russian Orthodox Abp. of Alaska and North America, the ruling hierarch in the western hemisphere of the Patriarchate of Moscow and All Russia]. Abp. Macarius was consecrated by Metr. Nikon of Moscow in 1884; Metr. Nikon was in the Apostolic Succession from the Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called, Apostle to the Scythians, through the Patriarchs of Constantinople and the Metropolitans of Kiev, Vladimir, and Moscow.
Our Lines through the Antiochian Church
Bishop Mark Walker was consecrated on December 8, 2018 by Bishop K.P Mason assisted by Bishop Rodney Rickard, who consecrated sub-conditionally by Bishop Denis and Paul Dolan and on April 22, 2001, who was consecrated by Abp. Francis Ryan; who was consecrated by Abp. Walter Myron Propheta; who was consecrated by Abp. Joachim Souris Autocephalous Greek Orthodox Church of America, later of the True Orthodox Church of Greece); who was consecrated by Abp. Joseph Klimovicz; who was consecrated by Bp. Arsenios Saltas; who was consecrated by Bp. Christopher Contogeorge and Metr. Theophan Stylian Noli.Bp.Christopher Contogeorge Kontogiorgios) was consecrated by Bp. Sophronius Bashira, assisted by Metr. Theophan Noli. Bp. Sophronius Bashira was consecrated by Abp. Aftimios Ofiesh, assisted by Bp. Emmanuel Abouhatab and Metr. Elias II of Tyre and Sidon of the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East. Bp. Emmanuel Abouhatab was consecrated by Abp. Aftimios Ofiesh.
Our Lines of Succession from the Ethiopian Coptic Orthodox Church
Bishop Mark Walker was consecrated on December 8, 2018 by Bishop K.P Mason assisted by Bishop Rodney Rickard, who consecrated sub-conditionally by Bishop Denis and Paul Dolan and on April 22, 2001, who was assisted by Bishop Carey Leopold Presson , who was consecrated by Abp. Justo Roque Gonzalez- Trimino was assisted by Bishop Martin J. Hill assisted by Bishop Charles David Luther assisted by Bishop Charles Robert McCarthy was assisted by Bishop Patrick J. Healy was assited by Bishop Gabre Kristos Medhim Jeremiah (David William Worley) was assisted by Bishop Gabre Mikael Kristos of the Ethiopian Orthodox Coptic Church of North and South America was consecrated as a chorbishop in 1959 in Ethiopia, by Abuna Basilios, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Coptic Church. Bp. Gabre was raised and consecrated as a Bishop for the Ethiopian Orthodox Coptic Church in 1962 by the Ethiopian Orthodox Coptic Patriarch, Abuna Basilios.
Our Lines of Succession from the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church of India mission here in America The American Catholic Church-African Orthodox Church;
Bishop Mark Walker was consecrated on December 8, 2008 by Bishop K.P Mason assisted by Bishop Rodney Rickard, who consecrated sub-conditionally by Bishop Denis and Paul Dolan and on April 22, 2001, was assisted by Bishop Joseph (Jozef) Ofton, assisted by Bishop James Edward Burns, was consecrated by Archbishop Hubert Augustus Rogers was consecrates by Archbishop William Ernest James Robertson, was consecrated by Archbishop George Alexander McGuire, was consecrated by Archbishop Joseph Rene Vilatte (Mar Mar Timotheos) , who on June 7, 1885, in Switzerland, was ordained as an Old Catholic priest by Abp. Eduard Herzog of Christ katholische Kirche der Schweiz (Old Catholic Church of Switzerland), began an Old Catholic mission in Wisconsin, in the United States of America. Joseph Rene Vilatte was consecrated on May 29, 1892 in Ceylon (Sri- Lanka) by Mar Julius I (Antonio Francis Xavier Alvarez) of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, Paulose Mar Athanasius (Paulose Kadavil Kooran), and Geevarghese Mar Gregorious (Geevarghese Chathuruthil Pallathitta). Archbishop Joseph took the title of Mar Timotheos, Archbishop-Exarch of North America for the American Catholic Church, he is still listed as a Bishop of the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church still today. Abp. Joseph Vilatte incorporated the American Catholic Church in Illinois, in the United States of America, in 1915; he was Primate I of the American Catholic Church; he was succeeded at his retirement in 1920 by Archbishop Frederick E. J. Lloyd, Primate II.
Our Papal lines of Succession from the Roman Catholic Church
Bishop Mark Walker was consecrated on December 8, 2018 by Bishop K.P Mason assisted by Bishop Rodney Rickard, who consecrated sub-conditionally by Bishop Denis and Paul Dolan and on April 22, 2001 who was consecrated by Abp. Francis Ryan, assisted by Bp. Carey Leopold Presson and Bp. Joseph Ofton. Bishop Carey Presson was consecrated by Abp. Justo Roque Gonzalez-Trimi¤o, who was consecrated by Abp. Jerome Joachim, assisted by Bp. Martin Hill, Bp. Joseph Ofton and Bp. Walter Dobrzynski. Bishop Martin J. Hill was consecrated by Abp. Jerome Joachim, assisted by Archbishop Wallace David de Ortega Maxey and Bishop Charles David Luther. Bishop Charles David Luther (who ordained Bp. Denis to the Presbyterate) was consecrated by Abp. Jerome Joachim of Albuquerque, assisted by Bp. Charles Robert McCarthy of Philadelphia. Bishop Charles Robert McCarthy was consecrated by Bishop Michel Staffiero of Eglise de l'Unite Catholique & Apostolique who was consecrated by Bishop Giuseppe Santo Eusebio Pace of Italy, who was Consecrated by Bishop Milton Cunha, who was consecrated by Archbishop Carlos da Duarte Costa of Igreja Cat¢lica Apost¢lica Brasileira who was consecrated to the episcopate of the Roman Catholic Church in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by Abp. Sebastiano Leme da Silveira Cintra, Abp. of Rio de Janeiro. Bishop Sebastiano Leme da Silveira Cintra (Oliveira Contra), Titular Archbishop of Orthosia and later Metropolitan-Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, was consecrated by Cardinal de Albuquerque-Cavalcanti, Cardinal in Brazil (1905), who was consecrated by Cardinal Rampolla del Tindaro. The Papal Succession: From Saints Peter and Paul, the Holy Leaders of the Apostles, the Apostolic Succession passes through the Holy Roman Popes to Archbishop Carlos da Duarte Costa and through who all our Bishops have , These lines begins with Pope Benedict Pope Benedict XIV (Prospero Lorenzo Lambertini) (1675-1758), Vicarius Christi (1740) of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Rome and Pontiff. Pope Benedict XIV, on March 19, 1743, Consecrated Bishop Carlo della Torre Rezzonico (1693- 1769), Pope Clement XIII, Vicarius Christi (1758) of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Rome and Pontiff. Pope Clement XIII, on April 26, 1767, assisted by Archbishops Scopio Borghese and Ignatius Reali, consecrated Bishop Bernardinus Giraud (1721-1777); Cardinal in Italy (1771). Cardinal Giraud, on February 23, 1777, assisted by Archbishop Marcus Antonius Conti and Bishop Iosefus Maria Carafa, consecrated Bishop Alexander Matthaeus [Mattei] (1744-1820); Cardinal in Italy (1779). Cardinal Matthaeus on September 12, 1819, assisted by Bishops Geraldus Macioti and Franciscus Albertini, consecrated Bishop Petrus Franciscus Galeffi [Galleffi] (1770-1837); Cardinal in Italy (1803). Cardinal Galeffi, on December 8, 1822, assisted by Archbishops Icannes Franciscus Falzacappa and Iosephus della Porta Rodiani, consecrated Bishop Iacobus Philippus Fransoni (1775-1856); Cardinal in Italy (1826). Cardinal Fransoni, on June 8, 1851, assisted by Patriarch Joseph Valerga and Bishop Rudesindus Salvado, consecrated Bishop Carlus Sacconi (1808- 1889); Cardinal in Italy (1861). Cardinal Sacconi, on June 30, 1872, assisted by Archbishops Salvator Nobili Vitelleschi and Franciscus Xavierus Fridericus de Merode, consecrated Bishop Eduard Howard (1829-1892); Cardinal in Italy (1877). Cardinal Howard, on December 8, 1882, assisted by Archbishop Alessandro Sanminiatelli Zabrarella and Bishop Guilio Lenti, consecrated Bishop Mariano Rampolla del Tindaro (1842-1913); Cardinal in Italy (1887). Cardinal Rampolla del Tindaro, on October 26, 1890, consecrated Bishop Joaquim Arcoverde de Albuquerque-Cavalcanti (1850-1930); and so on, as described above Line of Apostolic Succession through Bishop Salomao Ferraz, Bp. Salomao made his submission to Rome; he was accepted with full episcopal functions, although he was married; Pope John XXIII gave Bp. Salomao the titular See of Eleuterna. He was a participant in Vatican Council II and, on October 29, 1962, he led a discussion of the Council on the Liturgy. Pope Paul VI appointed Bp. Salomao Co-Adjutor to the Abp. of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He reposed in Christ on May 13, 1968 within the Church of Rome. Bishop James M. Burns was consecrated by Bishop K.P Mason was consecrated by Bishop Denis; who was consecrated by Abp. Francis Ryan, was assisted assisted by Bp. Carey Presson and Bp. Joseph Ofton. Bishop Carey Leopold Presson was consecrated by Abp. Justo Roque Gonzalez-Trimino,was consecrated by Abp. Jerome Joachim, assisted by Bp. Martin Hill, Bp. Joseph Ofton and Bp. Walter Dobrzynski. Bishop Martin J. Hill was consecrated, in San Francisco, by Abp. Jerome Joachim, assisted by Archbishop Wallace David de Ortega Maxey and Bishop C. David Luther. Bishop Charles David was consecrated by Abp. Jerome Joachim of Albuquerque, assisted by Bp. Charles Robert McCarthy was consecrated as Bishop in November 1976, by Bishop Michel Staffiero was consecrated (sub conditione), on April 29, 1973, by Bishop Oscar Cairoli y Fernandez Bishop was consecrated, on December 2, 1967, by Bishop Jose Marcolino Machado,was consecrated by Bishop Benedito Pereira Limawas consecrated, by Bishop Manoel Ceia Laranjeira Bishop Benedito Pereira Lima was consecrated by Bishop Manoel Ceia Laranjeira was consecrated by Bishop Salomao Ferraz (Salomon Ferrez) was consecrated by Archbishop Carlos Duarte Costa of Igreja Catolica Apostolica Brasileira. See annex above.
Another Line of Succession through the Roman Catholic Church Bishop James M. Burns was consecrated by Bishop K.P Mason consecrated by Bishop Denis, assisted by Bp. Carey Leopold Presson, was consecrated by Abp. Justo Roque Gonzalez-Trimino, was consecrated by Bishop Martin J. Hill assisted by Archbishop Wallace David de Ortega Maxey was consecrated by Archbishop Georgius (De Willmott Newman) was consecrated, in England, on May 20, 1945, by Bishop Hedley Coward Bartlett; who, on October 18, 1931, was consecrated by Bishop William Stanley McBean Knight; who, on February 28, 1925, was consecrated by Bishop Ulric Vernon Herford; who, on August 10, 1904, in London, England, was consecrated by Bishop Count Edward Rufane Benedict Donkin, Bishop of the Holy Cross in Sicily; who, in 1899 at the Chapel of Amadeus of Savoy in Naples, Italy, was consecrated by Bishop Eduardo Sanchez y Camacho, Roman Catholic Bishop of Tamaulipas, Mexico; who, on June 29, 1880, was consecrated by Bishop Pedro Loza y Pardave of the Roman Catholic Church.
Our Lines of Succession from the Old Catholic Church of Utrecht
Bishop Mark Walker was consecrated on December 8, 2018 by Bishop K.P Mason assisted by Bishop Rodney Rickard, who consecrated sub-conditionally by Bishop Denis and Paul Dolan and on April 22, 2001 ; who was consecrated by Abp. Francis Ryan, was consecrated by Walter Propheta, assisted by Abp. Theodotus DeWitow, assisted by Abp. Ignatius Nichols was consecrated (sub conditione) by Bp. Arthur William Howarth, was consecrated by Abp. Arnold Harris Mathew: Bp. Arnold Harris Mathew was consecrated as Regionary Old Catholic Archbishop of Britain on April 28, 1908 by Abp. Gerardus Gul, Old Catholic Archbishop of Utrecht, the Netherlands was the first Old Catholic Bishop with Ultrecht before this it was through the Roman Catholic Church back to St. Peter.
Our Lines of Succession through the Order of Corporate Reunion
Bishop Mark Walker was consecrated on December 8, 2018 by Bishop K.P Mason assisted by Bishop Rodney Rickard, who consecrated sub-conditionally by Bishop Denis and Paul Dolan and on April 22, 2001; was consecrated by was consecrated by Walter Propheta assisted by Bp. Theodotus (Stanislaus Witowski) DeWitow assisted by Abp. Ignatius Nichols (USA Provincial ) was was consecrated (sub conditione) by Abp. Arthur William Howarth was consecrated by Abp. Arnold Harris Mathew (Primate III ) was consecrated (Sub Condition) by by Bp. Frederick Cornwallis Conybeare was consecrated August 15, 1894 by the founding Bishops of the Order of Corporate Reunion, Bp. Thomas (Frederick Lee), Bishop of Dorchester and Pro- Provincial of Canterbury (Primate I of the Order of Corporate Reunion); Bp. Joseph (Thomas Mossman), Bishop of Selby and Provincial of York; and Bp. Laurence (John Seccombe), Bishop and Provincial of Caerleon. Bp. Percy Dearmer was consecrated on the same day by the same three Bishops. The founding Bishops of the Order of Corporate Reunion, were consecrated according to the ancient Ambrosian Rite on the Feast of St. John the Baptist and Holy Fore- Runner of the Lord, June 24, 1877, in Venice, Italy, by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Venice, Patriarch Dominicus Agostino, assisted by a Byzantine Catholic Bishop, by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Milan, Italy, Luigi Nazari di Calabiana, by the Abbot-General of Ordo Mechitaristarum Venetiarum from the Island of Saint Lazarus near Venice, Archbishop Ignatios Ghiurekian, and by Vincentius Moretti, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Ravenna. The three consecrands, before their consecrations, had been received into Roman Catholicism by Baptism and Confirmation, and had received Holy Orders up to and including the Sacred Presbyterate, by Archbishop Luigi Nazari di Calabiana, at the chapel of his residence in Milan. Note: The Order of Corporate Reunion was established in 1874 to promote the restoration of the Church of England to apostolic unity with the universal Church. The Roman Catholic authority for its founding was the Patriarch of Venice, Joseph Aloysius Cardinal Trevisanato. The actual consecrations of the three Order of Corporate Reunion Bishops were authorized in May 1877 by Pope Pius IX, Bishop of Rome.
Our Lines of Succession through the Armenian Catholic Church- An Uniate Church with the Roman Catholic Church
Bishop Mark Walker was consecrated on December 8, 2018 by Bishop K.P Mason assisted by Bishop Rodney Rickard, who consecrated sub-conditionally by Bishop Denis and Paul Dolan and on April 22, 2001, assisted by Bp. Carey Leopold Presson, was consecrated by Abp. Justo Roque Gonzalez-Trimino, was consecrated by Bishop Martin J. Hill assisted by Archbishop Wallace David de Ortega Maxey was consecrated by , by Archbishop Georgius (Hugh George De Willmott Newman - Mar Georgius I) was was consecrated, in England, on April 10, 1944, by Bishop William Bernard Crow; who, on June 13, 1943, was consecrated by Bishop Herbert James Monzani Heard; who, on June 4, 1922, was consecrated by Bishop Andrew Charles Albert McLaglen; who, on November 2, 1897, was consecrated by Archbishop Leon Chechemian, Archbishop of Selsey; who, on April 23, 1878, was consecrated by Archbishop Leon Chorchorunian, Archbishop of Malatia of the Armenian Catholic Church; who, on April 7, 1861, was consecrated by the Most Reverend Gregoire Pierre VIII, Catholicos of the Armenian Catholic Church (one of the Uniate bodies of the Roman Catholic Church).
Our Lines of Succession through the Protestant-Episcopal Church of the United States
Bishop Mark Walker was consecrated on December 8, 2018 by Bishop K.P Mason assisted by Bishop Rodney Rickard, who consecrated sub-conditionally by Bishop Denis and Paul Dolan and on April 22, 2001, assisted by Bp. Carey Leopold Presson, was consecrated by Abp. Justo Roque Gonzalez-Trimino, was consecrated by Bishop Martin J. Hill assisted by Archbishop Wallace David de Ortega Maxey , was consecrated On January 2, 1927 by Bishop William Montgomery Brown, PECUSA bishop of Arkansas from 1898 to 1912. who was consecrated WILLIAM MONTGOMERY BROWN was ordained a priest in PECUSA May 22, 1884. He was consecrated a bishop by William Edward McClaren (114) on June 24, 1898. At his consecration were the assisting consecrators Vincent Boyd (148), William Leonard (151), Edward Atwill (155), Charles Hale (161)
First place among the Sacraments of the Orthodox Church is Holy Baptism, by which a man, who has come to believe in Christ, by being immersed three times in water in the Name of the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) is cleansed through Divine Grace of all sins (Original Sins and personal) sins) and is reborn into a new holy, and spiritual life. Baptism serves as the door through which man enters into the House of Eternal Wisdom - the Church - for, without it, a man cannot be united completely with the Saviour, become a member of His Church, receive other Sacraments, and be the heir to Eternal Life. As the Lord Himself said, in His discourse with Nicodemus, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God." (St. Jn 3:5)
HOLY CHRISMATION (Confirmation)
IN the Sacrament of Baptism man is called out of spiritual darkness into the light of Christ and is initiated into the economy of salvation by the Son of God. This initiation is effected, however, in the Sacrament of Holy Chrismation. "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ," the Apostle Peter preached to the people on Pentecost, "and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38) Since that time the Divine Gift of the Holy Spirit is bestowed upon each person who rises from the baptismal font. And everything the Holy Spirit touches receives the seal of an invaluable treasure, a ray of eternal light, the reflection of Divine action. It awakens in the soul that inner, spiritual thirst to grow toward the Heavenly, to the eternal and to the perfect as Temples of the Holy Spirit. (MORE ON THE "MYSTERY"
HOLY EUCHARIST (Holy Communion)
The central place among the Sacraments of the Orthodox Church is held by the Holy Eucharist - the Precious Body and Blood of our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ. The Saviour Himself said, "I am the Bread of Life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst...If anyone eats of this Bread he will live forever; and the Bread which I shall give for the life of the world is My flesh." (St. John 6:35,51) At the Last Supper, "Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, 'Take, eat; this is My Body.' And He took a cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, saying, 'Drink of it, all of you; for this is My Blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.' " (St. Matthew 26:26-28; cf. St. Mark 14:12-16; St. Luke 22:7-13; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30.)
HOLY REPENTANCE (Penance Confession)
The Sacrament of Repentance developed early in the Church's history in the time of persecutions of the 3rd and 4th Centuries, when many people, giving to the threats of persecutors, apostasized and fell away from the Church. Apostacy was considered to be a very serious sin; many held the extreme position that such could not be received back into the Church in their lfetime, while others held that those who had lapsed should be re-baptized - that is, their sins should be washed away by a second baptism. Moderation, in the course of time, prevailed and a penitential discipline - the Sacrament of Repentance - developed, taking on the meaning of Second Baptism. In the Sacrament, the Priest is "only the witness" and pronounces the absolution. "If we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (St. John 1:9) (
HOLY ORDERS (Ordination)
In the Orthodox Church, there are to be found three "Major Orders" - Bishop, Priest and Deacon - and two "Minor Orders" - Subdeacon and Reader. The Holy Apostles appointed seven men (Church Tradition calls them "Deacons') to perform a special serving ministry (Acts 6:2-6) and in his first letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul speaks of various ministries in the Church (1 Cor. 12:28). Likewise, he addresses his Letter to the Philippians, "To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons" (Phil. 1:1}. In his first Letter to Timothy, the Holy Apostle also speaks of the qualifications of Bishops and Deacons (1 Tim. 3:1-13), as well as in his Letter to Titus (1.5-9). Ordinations are accomplished by the Laying-on of Hands and intercession of the Holy Spirit. Bishops and Priests must be men. From Apostolic Times, as witnessed in Sacred Scripture and in the Ordination Rites of the Great Church of Constantinople, men and women have been ordained as Deacons. Being married has never been an impediment to the reception of Holy Orders.
HOLY MATRIMONY (Marriage)
In the theology of the Orthodox Church, man is made in the Image of the Most-holy Trinity, and, except in certain special cases (such as the calling to monasticism), he is not intended by God to live alone, but in a family situation. Just as Almighty God blessed the first humans, Adam and Eve, to live as a family, to be fruitful and multiply, so too the Church blesses the union of man and woman. Marriage is a state of Grace requiring a gift or charism from the Holy Spirit - this gives being conferred in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. Holy Matrimony has divine sanctions from the words of the Lord Himself, Who says: "Have you not read that He Who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh' (Genesis 2:24)? "So then are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder." (St. Matthew 19:5-6) Although marriage is indissoluble, if it has "ceased to be a reality" and there is a divorce, the Church does not insist on the preservation of legal fiction and will help men and women rise again after the fall and permit a second or third marriage.
ARTICLE REGARDING DIVORCE & REMARRIAGE IN THE HOLY ORTHODOX CHURCH (MORE ON THE "MYSTERY" OF MARRIAGE)
Divorce is NOT the Unforgivable Sin! Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the Orthodox Church! Unlike many Christian Churches which hold that the bride and bridegroom execute the marriage themselves, in their vows to each other, in the Orthodox Church it is the priest or the bishop who consecrates the marriage, who calls upon God in the name of the community, and asks that the Holy Spirit be sent down on this man and this woman to make them “into one flesh." Marriage is a spiritual path, a seeking after God in oneness and love...and not just a necessity for reproduction. Marriage is a mystery instituted with God’s blessing during creation. Christ says: “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.' For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and two will become one flesh." (St. Mark 10, 6-8). Therefore, the purpose of marriage is the reciprocal love, the relationship and the help between the marriage partners with a view to their completion in Christ. The Early Church says this: “There are two reasons for which marriage was established …(1) to cause the man to be satisfied with one single wife and (2) to give him children...but it is the first which is the most important…As for reproduction, marriage does not necessarily include this…in many marriages having children is not possible...” We must also understand that divorce is a sin...it kills a marriage; but, the Orthodox Church permits divorce and remarriage on the grounds of interpretation of what the Lord says in St. Matthew: “I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery." According to the Church, the granting of divorce is an “expression of compassion” toward sinful man. “Since Christ allowed an exception to His general ruling about the indissolubility of marriage...the Orthodox Church also is willing to allow an exception." Did Christ consider marriage to be indissoluble? We need to be very clear in this as when Christ teaches that marriage may not be dissolved...that does not mean that He is stating that divorce or dissolution cannot occur. We know the completeness of the marriage relationship can be tainted by erroneous behavior. As the Early Church taught: “It is not the letters of divorce that dissolve the marriage in relation to God...but the errant behavior." According to the spirit of Orthodox Christianity, the unity of the married couple cannot be maintained through the virtue of a legal obligation alone; the formal unity must be consistent with an internal symphony. The problem arises when it’s no longer possible to salvage anything of this symphony, for “then, the bond that was originally considered indissoluble... is already dissolved...and the law (that Marriage License) can offer nothing to replace grace...and can neither heal nor resurrect, nor say: ‘Stand up and go.’” This is where the Church recognizes that there are cases in which married life has no content or may even lead to the loss of the soul. Our Holy Fathers say in this regard that it is: “better to break the covenant than to lose one’s soul." The Orthodox Church sees divorce as a tragedy due to human weakness and sin...but, despite the fact that the Church condemns sin, she also desires to be an aid to those who suffer and for whom she may allow another marriage. This is certainly the case when the marriage has ceased to be a reality. Another marriage is therefore only permitted because of “human weakness." As the apostle St. Paul says concerning the unmarried and widows: “If they can not control themselves, they should marry” (1 Cor. 7, 9). Remarriage is permitted as a pastoral concession in the context of the Church’s “expression of compassion,” it is an answer to the human weakness and the corrupt world in which we live. The Church cannot turn Her back on Her children...She is there to forgive, comfort and love. This pastoral concession is an image of the divine love and kindness of Almighty God! The Church, which continues to extend Christ’s redeeming work in the world, has on the basis of the Lord’s commandments, and of the Apostles, always holds in mind what the Lord Himself has said: “The Sabbath is made for man, and not man for the Sabbath” (St. Mark 2, 27). The pastoral concession is based on Christ’s command to his apostles: “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven” (St. John 20, 22-23). And, nowhere does Christ or Holy Scripture say that divorce is an unforgivable sin! This IS the case when the human marriage experience becomes impossible, due to the spiritual death of love. It is then that the Church – as the Body of Christ – with understanding and compassion and out of personal concern can “accept the divorce and not reject the sinful humanly weak believers, or deprive this man or this woman from God’s mercy and further grace.” This is the precise goal of pastoral concession - that the weak person is not irrevocably banned from the church communion, according to Christ’s example, who came, after all, to save the lost. In conclusion, the Orthodox Church’s perspective on divorce and remarriage is steeped in wisdom and in applying the unconditional love as exampled by Our Blessed Lord. We confirm the indissolubility of a true & valid Christian marriage...but...NOT the downright irrevocable preservation of a legal affirmation. The Orthodox Church and our Texas jurisdiction refuses to shut the door of Christ’s mercy, but holds still, to the teaching of the New Testament....and, therefore....YOU ARE FORGIVEN...
HOLY UNCTION (Anointing of the Sick)
This Sacrament is described in Holy Scripture by St. James the Brother of the Lord: "Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven." (St. James 5:14-15) From the text, we can see that this Sacrament has a twofold purpose - bodily healing and the forgiveness of sins. The two are joined, for man is a unity of body and soul and there can be no sharp distinction between bodily and spiritual sickness. Of course, the Church does not believe that this anointing is automatically or magically followed by recovery of health, for God's will and not man's, prevails in all instances. Sometimes the sick person is healed and recovers after receiving the Sacrament, but in other cases, he does not recover, but the Sacrament, nonetheless, gives him the spiritual strength to prepare for death. We must note that this Sacrament is NOT only for those on their deathbed, but for anyone who is sick. It may also be performed over the healthy as well (as is the custom on Holy Wednesday) and in some traditions, it is often performed over the healthy before Holy Communion, since the rite also contains elements of repentance, although it should be noted that this does not replace the Sacrament of Penance.
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I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen
I believe in one God, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages; Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten, not created, of one essence with the Father through Whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried; And He rose on the third day, according to the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father; And He will come again with glory to judge the living and dead. His kingdom shall have no end. And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Creator of life, Who proceeds from the Father, Who together with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, Who spoke through the prophets. In one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the age to come. Amen.