SACRAMENT OF ORDINATION
Philosophy of Sacramental Initiation by Holy Order of MANS
Through the life of Jesus Christ the world was invested with what might be called a sacramental character. By accepting the full life of the Christos into His being, Jesus allowed the very source of perfection, of life and grace, to exist in a body on Earth. At his crucifixion and death He shed His blood into the Earth and the Earth was changed. The essence of His experience, the perfection of His Being carried by the Blood is now the ebbing, flowing life of the Earth itself and is in continuous saving action, no longer allowing the inharmonious actions of man to crystallize and slow the process of evolution.
By His Resurrection and Ascension Jesus achieved the final victory over matter and death and assumed the Lordship of Earth. He has thus assumed conscious control over evolution of this orb and has full responsibility for the growth and development of the souls of all men.
Thus the life of Jesus can be seen as one mighty Sacrament from which all the sacraments derive their effective power and function. All graces stem from the source of grace, the free gift of His perfect Being.
Therefore, by the "sacramental character" infused into the life of Earth, we refer to the constant presence of the overshadowing consciousness of Christ Jesus in which all actions, all events, and all life takes place.
The function of his perfect Being which provides the sacramental character is, as far as we are concerned, the Redemption and the Atonement.
What this means in plain language is that since Jesus came, holiness or the state of grace is to be the natural condition of man, not an abnormal condition brought about by great effort or asceticism. Every action of life now is a powerful prayer and every prayer is very much an action due to the epigenesis brought by His grace.
Consecrated or sacred actions, then, such as sacraments, have an especially great power because they are performed in the field of His consciousness and love -- in other words, in His sight -- which is growing ever more tangible.
But although His perfect life has been given once and for all, man's life is still imperfect and full of suffering. This gap or discrepancy gives rise to the need for beings to act as mediators dedicating their lives to the continuing work of the Redemption. This is the brotherhood of all true priests and ministers. Persons who have so consecrated their lives in the service to Christ have thus become part of the sacramental essence of life and their lives have great power and fullness.
Ordination or Holy Orders is the sacrament that brings this sacramental character directly into the life of the world, for it is through ordination that in individual being is invested with the power and authority to perform the sacraments so that other people might receive the grace thereof.
Since the sacraments are a means whereby mankind can attain to a state of grace and are a form of that grace themselves, then ordination brings the grace of all graces and Holy Orders is the sacrament that makes possible all other sacraments.
All the sacraments help to bring mankind into the life of Christ but ordination gives man the special opportunity to participate in the saving work of Christ's Redemption and Atonement.
This saving work is nothing less than the future evolution of man and the world. Those ordained are given the power and authority of Christ's Word and actually become part of the evolutionary process itself.
To the extent that the ordained one assumes this responsibility, to that extent does he also experience and realize the fuller life of the Christos, to that extent does he realize his own divine Self. To he extent that he gives his life completely and leaves the world behind forever, to that extent does he receive completely the greater reality of the Solar Being and becomes a true citizen of the eternal world and the eternal life of the Spirit.
To accept such ordination is the most important and awesome decision that the soul will ever make.
Here is the run-down of the dictionary definitions of the word "ordain". If we combined them all we have a perfect picture of its meaning:
1) To invest with ministerial or priestly authority.
2) To order by virtue of superior authority.
a) To decree as part of the order of nature of the universe.
3) To prearrange unalterably; predestine.
It comes from a Latin word which means to arrange in order, and its Indo-European root is AR. Its basic meaning is to fit together.
This root combines two of the most powerful sounds in all language. Its ancient meaning is the great creative force of the universe. The root AR forms the basis of such related words as: karma, ceremony, arm, army, harmony, art, artist, the Greek arthro (joint), aristocracy, ordain, order, coordination, ordinary, subordinate, primordial, adorn, rate, ratio, reason, read, kindred, riddle, rite, arithmetic, logarithm. If you take a reflective look at the relationship that all these words share you will get a sense of the great cosmic meaning of the rite of ordination.
In short, the ordination involves the soul into the order and harmony of the universe. The priest, although ordinary in himself, becomes through the rite of ordination a member of the heavenly aristocracy, the mighty army of angels and men and higher beings, and shares in the work of the Host. He becomes an artist practicing the high art of the priestly alchemy which adorns man's ordinary actions and reason with the power and glory of divine harmony. It is the means by which man acts in coordination with God by subordinating his will to the Will of God. By performing the sacrament rites and ceremonies, he helps to reduce the karma of the people, and raises their rate of vibration. Thus life ceases to be a riddle for them as they learn that they are all kindred in the Body of Christ.