Did you Know? August 17

Posted on Aug 15 , 2014 in Did You Know

 What is the difference in the tasks of Bishop, Priest, and Deacon?

 They are actually different duties of the same task. All three start by making the same declaration. “I solemnly declare that I do believe the holy scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the word of God, and contain all things necessary to salvation.” All three “promise to conform to the doctrine, discipline, and worship of the Anglican Church of Canada“.

 The Bishop is “called to be one with the apostles in proclaiming Christ’s Resurrection, interpreting the Gospel, and testifying to Christ’s sovereignty as Lord of lords and King of kings”. The Priest by very nature of relationship with the Bishop is to make the same proclamation through teaching and preaching. The role of teacher is not included in the Deacon’s call.

 The Bishop is “called to guard the faith, unity, and discipline of the church, to celebrate and to provide for the administration of the sacraments of the new covenant” this is accomplished by ordaining Priests as an extension of this work. The Bishop is also “to be in all things a faithful pastor and wholesome example for the entire flock of Christ”. This is accomplished by ordaining Priests and Deacons to share in this task. The main call of the Deacon is to a “special ministry of servanthood, in the name of Jesus Christ you are to serve all people, particularly the poor, the weak, the sick and the lonely”.

 All Bishops, Priests, and Deacons are called to care for people. Priests are also called to teach, preach and preside at the sacraments. Bishops are called to defend the faith and guard the church, keeping it connected world-wide and to accomplish this through their own work and by sending out Priests and Deacons as their co-labourers in the work of Christ. One could conclude then that the bulk of the task is to care for people. Bishops, Priests, and Deacons participate in this, next would be teaching and presiding at sacraments, Bishops and Priests participate in this. The smallest task is overseeing it all and staying connected with the international body, only Bishops do that.

 All Bishops, Priests, and Deacons are “to make Christ, and his redemptive love known, by word and example, to those among whom they live, work, and worship. They are to interpret to the Church the needs, concerns and hopes of the world. At all times their life and teaching are to show Christ’s people that in serving the helpless they are serving Christ himself.”

 The Reverend Allan Carson

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