Rituals and ceremonies
The Polity, Explained
ARTICLE VII - Church RITUALS AND CEREMONIES
There are two aspects of rituals: service and sacrifice in charity and love.
The Church established by Jesus Christ sacrifices all its resources in the service of mankind according to the Word, Way and Will of the Most High God the Father and His obedient Son. Services as acts of worship include but are not limited to any activity that is a true service to the people: Healing and caring for the sick; teaching the truth; distributing knowledge; cleansing the soul, body and minds of the congregation of envy, hate, ignorance, apathy, avarice...; Baptism and the washing of feet. Distribution of Charity; breaking of bread. The unification of the brotherhood of man into one accord through arbitration and a holy kiss of love and patience with the nature of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Assisting in the daily administration of the fatherless and homeless.
Our ceremonies are also a part of the services and are often symbolical as prescribed by law, custom, or authority established by the lineal consanguinity of the ancient forefathers from Adam to Noah and Shem to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph... the Children of Israel unto David and the highest son of David, the Messiah, Lord and King. Those ceremonies guide the members of the body in their outward conduct concerning important matters, as in the performance of duties, transaction of affairs of state, including but not limited to Letters or documents of recognition and identification, and the celebration, recording and recognition of notable events, including but not limited to birth, rebirths, adoptions, marriages and deaths, as well as the anointing of ministers, bishops and archbishops.
Romans12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
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== Footnotes ==
- Rituals and Ceremonies are the simplest aspect of the outward manifestation of the Church but often the least understood. This is because attention is often focused upon the form or appearance letting the Spirit die. As with the law it is not the letter that is important but the Spirit. These outward signs should be uniform to the point where the Church may be visible but never at the expense of the Spirit.
- "And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer [it to be so] now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him." Matthew 3:15
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