Mystery of the Holy Orders

 

The Church is a universal priesthood of believers. Yet among this universal priesthood, some are called to serve the Church in a particular way in the sacramental and liturgical life of the Church. The Mystery of Holy Orders calls men to serve the Body of Christ as deacons, priests and bishops through the laying on of hands, in which Christ Himself gives them the grace and power to perform this service in His name for the sake of His Body.

 

The traditional progression for a man in Holy Orders is the path through what are called "Minor Orders."  Minor Orders are ecclesiastical ministries which, according to Church teaching, "provide a specific service in the Church, and as such are to be effectively exercised by those who do not intend to enter the presbyterate."  Those in Minor Orders are "inserted in the ecclesiastical Hierarchy according to the level of each one.  Whoever has received these orders therefore, is no longer a lay person but becomes a member of [...] the Clergy or Holy Orders." -Instruction #73 & 75 


The Minor Orders currently in use in the Byzantine Churches are as follows: 
1. Reader (Acolyte) 
2. Subdeacon


Cantors can also be ordained to the Minor Orders as Readers.

 

 

St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church

23300 King Drive 

Clinton Township, MI 48035

586-791-1052      

 

stnicksbyzantine@yahoo.com

frrepko@ameritech.net

 

Fr. Joseph J. Repko   

 

Sub-Deacon Phillip Dinsmore      

 

Cantors: George Nagrant, Nicholas P. Nagrant, Joseph Wanchik, Steve Terlescki,  John P. Minarish

 Subdeacon Phillip Dinsmore & Richard Baranko Cantor Emeritus

 

Choir Director: Nicholas J. Nagrant

 

Catechetical Director: Suzanne Swanney      Youth Directors: Adam Digon and Kimberly Kaufman