ULC ordination ritual
ULC ordination ritual
Brand: Universal Life Church / INCSR Horapollo / CAAS THE NEW PAGAN DAWN
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
Universal Life Church Accredited Ritual includes Certified Religious Certificate, Certificate issued by NEW PAGAN DAWN Association, Value Added Taxes, Accounting Fees, Officer Fees, Legal Deeds and Ceremony Fees and other things included in the ordination kit described below: Ordination Kit Details One of the most basic and popular ministerial packages, this package contains the ministry's legal ordination credential (also known as a minister's license), wallet-sized credential card, and several other items best sellers to identify yourself as a minister.
This package contains:
Ordination Ministry Accreditation Wallet License Black and Gold Clergy Badge Clip Parking Hanger Vehicle Window Minister Hanger Parking Plate Three Sticker Styles
Please enter only your legal name, all titles will be removed. Please check the spelling of your name as it will appear on your official documents. If you are organizing a wedding, you may also be required to purchase an official letter of good standing. Nevada and New York City weddings require a special state package, not this package.
Those who wish to perform this ritual will receive a Ministry Certificate and Ministry Card License issued by the ULC and one issued by the NEW PAGAN DAWN, a pentagram or other representative pendant of pagan tradition made of gold or silver, a standard robe, accompanied by a black protective layer.
WHAT IS A PAGAN PRIEST?
Those of you who were part of my second Dedication last year know that one of the things I felt called to be is a priest. And for more than a year since then, I've struggled to figure out exactly what that means. I'm at a point where I feel this has to be my top spiritual priority.
So what does it mean to be a heathen priest? What did I sign up for? What to do?
Our early ancestors had no priests – each person paid his own tribute to the ancestors, nature spirits and deities of his family, tribe and location. Finally, as agricultural surpluses led to specialization, some people specialized in performing religious rituals—the first priests.
In some cases, they carefully guarded their specialization. Egyptian priests administered the temples, tended the idols, and performed daily and seasonal rituals. Only the priests were properly trained and pure enough to deal with the gods – if you wanted to address a god, you had to go through the right priest. Even in the modern Catholic church, if you need some things (like the forgiveness of sins) you have to ask a priest to do it for you.
The Protestant Reformation brought the concept of the "priesthood of the believer" - the idea that every person can address God directly, without the need for an intermediary. This concept carried over into the pagan revival of the 19th and 20th centuries. In Gerald Gardner's first Wiccan Book of Shadows, a new initiate is proclaimed a "Priestessess and Witch" upon completion of First Degree Initiation. This idea is even stronger in a CUUPS framework, which is governed by democratic process rather than a High Priestess or High Priest.
Clearly, in our modern Pagan tradition, the priesthood is not a title to be claimed or a status to be attained, it is a role to be fulfilled. What, then, is that role?
First of all, a priest (or priestess – I'll use the masculine because I'm talking primarily about myself) is a servant of the gods. And if you are going to serve them, you must know them. So the first duty of a priest is to spend time in communion with your patron deities.
I've been pretty good about evening prayers this past year, but I think I talk too much and don't listen enough. I need to listen more, especially this time of year when the weather is so good for sitting outside.
In our rituals we speak of the gods as our most honored guests and invoke them according to the ancient laws of hospitality. Another duty of a priest is to make the gods feel welcome and honored with offerings and praise.
Our gods are not looking for obedience, just some sincere love and devotion. Isaac Bonewits says that the gods are like rich relatives – if you talk to them regularly when things are going well, they are much more likely to help you when things are going badly.
I think I could do a lot better here. I tend to talk about Goddess and God at a high level, which is easy to explain to people who come from a traditional monotheistic background. But in my private devotion there is simply no reason not to speak directly to and about the god and goddess who called me, Cernunnos and Anu.
A priest's mediating functions can work both ways. Our fellow pagans don't need us to approach the gods for them (most of the time, anyway), but the gods can certainly use our help in approaching other people. I'm not talking Christian-type Evangelism (proselytizing is a no-no in almost any modern Pagan tradition) so much as being able to articulate your faith and tell your sacred stories in an appropriate setting.
I think I do a fair job of articulating my faith when asked, but I haven't given the sacred stories much thought. Part of that is because the god and goddess who summoned me are so old that there are virtually no stories about them currently. But there are other stories that illustrate the same principles, and I can always write my own. I have to work on sacred stories.
Ultimately, priests serve a community. Not to rule over it like in other faith traditions, but to help others on the same path. I have a leadership role with CUUPS, doing my best to contribute where I can and make sure the trains run on time. I think that is all that is appropriate in a CUUPS framework, although others may disagree.
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