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The results of a fifty-year strategy of examine, this article represents the theological convergence that has been completed, via many years of debate, less than the suggestions of the Holy Spirit.

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On the other hand, if churches are willing to recognize each other in the sign of apostolic succession, as described above, it would follow that the old tradition, according to which it is the bishop who ordains, with the participation of the community, will be recognized and respected as well. 40. Properly speaking, then, ordination denotes an action by God and the community by which the ordained are strengthened by the Spirit for their task and are upheld by the acknowledgment and prayers of the congregation.

It is brief, inexpensive, written in a lively style, and addressed primarily to the general reader. 2. Ecumenical Perspectives on Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry (Geneva, WCC, 1983) is a volume of theological essays edited by Fr Max Thurian which provides doctrinal and liturgical scholars with fuller treatments of the technical issues involved. 3. Baptism and Eucharist: Ecumenical Convergence in Celebration (Geneva, WCC, 1983), edited by Fr Max Thurian, offers priests and pastors some appropriate resources and adaptable models for Christian worship.

There is a personal awareness of a call from the Lord to dedicate oneself to the ordained ministry. This call may be discerned through personal prayer and reflection, as well as through suggestion, example, encouragement, guidance coming from family, friends, the congregation, teachers, and other church authorities. This call must be authenticated by the Church’s recognition of the gifts and graces of the particular person, both natural and spiritually given, needed for the ministry to be performed.

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