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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

20- The Apostolic succession and the laying on of hands

 

St-Takla.org         Image: Icon of Saint Timothy the Bishop صورة: أيقونة القديس تيموثاوس الأسقف

St-Takla.org Image: Icon of Saint Timothy the Bishop

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: أيقونة القديس تيموثاوس الأسقف

Saint Paul laid his hands on many, and included Saint Timothy the bishop and Saint Titus the bishop. He said to Saint Timothy:

(2 Tim 1:6) Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

It is clear that Gods gift was passed on from Saint Paul to his disciple Timothy.

Also Timothy passed on this gift to others, by Laying on of the Hands. We could read Saint Paul advising him:

(1 Tim 5:22) Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people's sins; keep yourself pure.

This meant that Saint Timothy should not to grant the priesthood hastily, via laying on of hands, to those unworthy, otherwise he would share in their punishment.

This laying on of hands was carried out in all nations, until our time which we have received, is the same priesthood granted by the Lord to His disciples.


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