first and highest rank is known as the Episcopate Rank, and is composed of all the Bishops. Next
is the Presbyterate rank, which is made up of all the priests. The third and final is the deaconate
rank, which is a subordinate rank in the hierarchy of orders in the Coptic Orthodox Church. The
deaconate order is broken into five sub-ranks: Archdeacon, Deacon, Sub-deacon, Reader, and
Chanter. Why was there a deaconate order? In Acts 6:1, St Luke writes that the Hellenists were
complaining because their widows were neglected in daily distribution. In reverence, the
disciples then said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables.
Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy
Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; but we will give ourselves
continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” (Acts 6:2-3) Therefore, the disciples
decided to appoint people, later called deacons, to attend to the widows. The seven selected
were, Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon,
Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch (Acts 6:5). To be a part of the deaconate order
a member of the congregation is ordained by the laying of the hands. A newly ordained deacon
starts off with the lowest possible deaconate rank, known as Chanter. He will then be continually
elevated until he reaches the highest possible rank, but this only happens when he is found
To be found meritorious a member of the congregation must have certain qualifications.
Saint Paul told us these qualifi...
... middle of paper ...
...e bishop, recommends candidates for the
Holy Order of Deaconate, and takes a role at ordinations.
In summation, the Coptic Orthodox Church has an order of ranks, the Episcopate,
Presbyterate, and Deaconate ranks. The Episcopate rank is the highest followed by the
Presbyterate and Deaconate ranks. The deaconate order is broken into five smaller ranks
(Archdeacon, Deacon, Sub-deacon, Reader, and Chanter) each with different tasks and
responsibilities in order of rank. Regardless, of each deacon’s rank, it is what the deacon does in
his position, not the level. Saint John had said "If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and
where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor" (Jn
12:26). Deacons should work to serve God by their own will, and to the best of their ability, so
that they may receive the ultimate reward.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- The Reformation was a decisive period in the history not only for the Catholic Church, but also for the entire world. The causes of this tumultuous point in history did not burst on the scene all at once, but slowly gained momentum like a boil that slowly festers through time before it finally bursts open. The Reformation of the Church was inevitable because of the abuses which the Church was suffering during this period. At the time of the Reformation, a segment of the Church had drifted away from its mission to bring Christ and salvation to the world.... [tags: Church History]
1602 words (4.6 pages)
- The Crusades were the type of person who demanded many things, if not everything. They used their power and the backing of the Catholic Church to advance their movements and take control of cities. Many may believe the Crusades were mean, dangerous people who did not care about others and only wanted control. This, however, was only one view and many do not see how the Crusades benefited the church, help unite its members, and enabled the church to evolve in certain areas. The Catholic Church benefited from the Crusades in certain ways.... [tags: Church History ]
1051 words (3 pages)
- In January 2010, I was privileged to be able to take a class at the Presbyterian Center in Louisville, KY called "Leaders in a Connectional Church". The course aimed to show how the leadership of the Presbyterian church connected with the presbyteries and congregations that make up its body through working intensively with the General Assembly Mission Council (GAMC) and researching how the current structure had come to be. My assignment was within the Executive Director and Communications offices, which I was excited to be a part of, given my background in radio and broadcasting.... [tags: The Christian Church]
2317 words (6.6 pages)
- The Middle Ages were characterized by a rigidly hierarchical society, which was justified by the view that, like the branches of a tree, every level of society was preordained and important. While the nobility and the clergy stood at the top of the society hierarchy, Jews and those who pursued dishonorable professions were branded outsiders. The Church acted as guardian of culture, particularly within its monasteries and convents. They preserved the scholarship of antiquity, often through the mediation of Muslim scientists.... [tags: Church History]
1150 words (3.3 pages)
- What is the church. This can be a very deep question, or a rather simple one depending on one’s context, theology, and general understanding of Scripture and faith. From my personal experience, most members of the congregations I grew up in if asked this question would point to the church building or sanctuary. This is not that surprising in my opinion when we consider the gorgeous monuments we have built as houses for God. As a child, I would have answered the exact same way as most people in a congregation, and it was not until later in my adulthood that I came to understand “the church” not as a physical building, but as much more.... [tags: Church, Religion, God, Beliefs, Theology]
1239 words (3.5 pages)
- This essay gives a brief outline of the major developments in the role of the Papacy between the Early Church and the present day. It will cover four aspects. The development of the papacy as a temporal ruler, Papal elections, the Curia and the development of the ‘mission role’ of the Papacy. It will explore how the papacy changed from being an organisation that had the influence to appoint kings and arrange state borders to one with a billion followers. These followers see the papacy as being responsible for the administration, pastoral and spiritual care of their membership.... [tags: The Catholic Church]
1075 words (3.1 pages)
- In Young Goodman Brown, Hawthorne tells the story of a young man discovering man's true nature in a fantasized visit to hell. He encounters a world where everyone is equally evil, including the most "holy" of people. Hawthorne's hell is a parallel to the influence of the Church on the real world. In the story, Goodman Brown decides to embark on a night journey, with some kind of evil intentions. He is guided by a man who resembles his grandfather, and despite his hesitancy, proceeds to his destination.... [tags: Young Goodman Brown YGB]
768 words (2.2 pages)
- Augustine and the Early Church Augustine of Hippo by Peter Brown Live Oak Public Library, STACKS 270.2 BROW Q5. In Augustine’s unfailing attempt to fight the heresies that plagued the early church, he realized that much of his colleagues and congregation lived by unquestioned faith in the Catholic Church. He also realized that this left them without a strong foundation for which they believed. (Brown, 354) His contributions to the written theological doctrines of Catholicism helped to strengthen the Church’s authority on controversial topics.... [tags: Church History ]
1245 words (3.6 pages)
- Holiness in the Church According to the O.T. things or places were holy that were set apart for a sacred purpose; the opposite of holy is therefore common or profane. Similarly a holy person meant one who held a sacred office. The Israelites were a holy people because they stood in a special relationship to Jehovah. under the guidance of the Prophets it was seen that what distinguished Jehovah from the gods of the heathen was his personal character. The word HOLY therefore came to refer to moral character.... [tags: Religion Religious God Church]
1735 words (5 pages)
- Urban Hierarchy This project tests the theory behind the model of the urban hierarchy. The urban hierarchy is made up of different types of settlements. Where they stand on the hierarchy depends on a number of factors, the main ones being: · the size of the settlement in terms of its population · the range and number of services a settlement has · the sphere of influence or the size of the area served by the settlement. The best way to show the urban hierarchy is by using a pyramid, as shown in this diagram.... [tags: Papers]
650 words (1.9 pages)