November 2016

Here are the monthly messages for November 2016: Bring the light into your homes Remember the healer that is in your life and within yourselves Rise up in your strength for the things of the truth We will be rewarded for seeking the light all the days of our lives The divine plan is always a part of our lives and it will never guide us wrong We need to set a good example for those around us We need to understand and give to the desires that our spirit…

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Cycle C Week 50

Book of Thoughts pg 277-278 (Thoughts 17: 1-21 – page 234) You may have heard this sort of thing many times. They babble on about this but it is all words that you must live by. You could ignore it, but you have ignored it many times of war. The mere chatter of these words gives relief, but you may be sick of hearing these words time and time again. Talking does not change anything and you must experience it for yourself. Talking has exhausted you and those who try…

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Six Stages of Life

In the ceremony of the last rites, there are six parts. Each of these parts has a certain reading that explains the six parts of life that all of us go through no matter our age and circumstances in life. For most of us, this will be something that we go through at normal stage in life. It is not restricted by age, but it is based on the levels of maturity and our experiences in life. The six stages are as follows: The first stage is the stage of…

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Last Rites and Religious Tradition

Religion in general came about because there are a lot of things that we do not know about the world and about our purpose in the world. Our mourning of the dead gave rise to religion because that is one of the most perplexing mysteries of life in general. The tradition of Last Rites and the evolution of such gave rise to the changing of some religions and the establishment of new religions. It has come so far, but it has lost its simplicity. At its simplest form, death is…

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Marriage and the Four Signs

In the marriage ceremony, there are four parts that explain the purpose of love as it goes through the stages of the life of the individual. These four signs are supposed to remind us all of the commitment and the purpose of love. It is also supposed to remind us of the role that it plays in our life. In the ceremony itself, it is not about the people involved, but about the nature of love itself. These four signs are supposed to be a reminder to those involved about…

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Marriage and Love

The main form of love is demonstrated through commitment. Sure, it may be good to do a lot together, but it is the fact that people can be together and not falter in their love that makes love what it is. It is no secret, then, that the culmination of this commitment is through the ceremony of marriage. It shows what should be a commitment for life. As such, there should be more preparation that should go into this ceremony for most people than any other ceremony. It is the…

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Ordination of the Bishop Class

The Bishop is seen as the head of the local congregation. As such, they not only need to have a stake in what all the rest of the classes are doing, but they also need to have the mindset of a businessperson. They need to have this mindset because they are responsible for making sure that the entire system runs smoothly. They are the ones who preside at all the meetings and services to make sure that everything goes right. During their personal ordination ceremony, they go through a lot…

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Ordination of the Evangelist Class

The Evangelist class is called to reach out to the community that is outside of the Epochalist movement. This is one of the hardest positions to be in because, while they need to outreach, they should not be like many of the other religions of the world and go door to door to spread the word. They have a duty to strengthen the people in the community inside the philosophy and on the path to the light to help those around them to come to the light for themselves. As…

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Ordination of the Teacher Class

The ordination of the teacher class does something that is unique among all the priesthood classes. While a teacher needs to know all of the information that the other four classes know about, they do not need to know about them. Those who are seeking to be teachers learn their craft through study, classroom training, and observation. As a result, the teacher has a longer period of learning and there are more tests, but there are no requirements for the people in this class to take part in the ceremonies.…

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Ordination of the Deacon Class

To many people, deacons are seen as the assistants to the priest. What we need to think of the deacons are those who keep track of the people that are a part of the community. While a priest is responsible for the things on the inside, the deacon is responsible for the membership on the outside. What they provide to the congregation is continued support beyond the ceremonies and the gatherings that the community goes to. The ordination of the deacon class is a lot like that of the priest…

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