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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

123- Priests The Laying On Of Hands

 

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صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: أيقونة القديس تيطس الرسول أسقف كريت

[6] The Laying On Of Hands

The Lord Jesus Himself ordained servants, and authorised them to ordain successors. These successors were ordained to carry out the duties and to bear the responsibilities of the apostles.

The laying of hands on Paul and Barnabas:

(Acts 13:3) Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.

The laying of hands by Saint Paul on 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.

Also Saint Timothy laid hands on others:

(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.

Saint Paul commanded Saint Titus to the “laying of hands” to ordain priests:

(Titus 1:5) For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you;

So the laying on of hands continued from Christ to Paul to Timothy and Titus and so on with the other apostles.

It was necessary for such authority to be handed over from generation to generation. Such was to maintain continuity of the priesthood, grace and the other blessings which comes with it.


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