Sacraments

The following are a list of sacraments offered through the Inner and Universal Aquarian Epochal Chancellate:

Purification – Purification is seen as the initiatory rite of the Epochalist Movement. The process is done through the initiation of the four elements and is done when the person chooses to do so at the age of accountability.

 

Communion/Order of the Liturgy – Communion is the reminder of the covenant that the purified take on at their purification. It is the summit of the order of the liturgy and it is done at every single other sacrament. The rite is done on a weekly basis and all are encouraged to take part of this rite, which is done through corn, wine, and oil.

Confirmation – Confirmation is seen as the last of the initiation rites and it is performed by the final confession of faith. It is done in the year after purification when one has been sufficiently endowed in the teachings and the spirituality of Epochalism.

Matrimony – Matrimony is the marriage ceremony for those who are entering into the pinnacle of love. It is done to those who have done all of the initiation rites and is open to all people. It is very similar in tradition to the marriage cermonies of other faiths.

Endowment – Endowment is the coming of age ceremony for those who are entering into the higher orders and those who are becoming mature in their faith. It is the first of the sacraments done in the temple and it is seen as the introduction to some of the higher things of the temple.

Ordination – There are five classes of the priesthood and it is the ceremony that sets one apart from the lay people of the world. Each class has three levels. One can enter into ordination only after four years of seminary and a desire to be a part of the priesthood.

Last Rites – Last Rites is the funeral ceremony for those who have died in the faith. It is the last of the sacraments done to the individual and is performed by a priest. It is similar to the other funeral ceremonies done in other religions.

Transition – Transition is the ceremony that is done on behalf of those who are experiencing a major life event or is in the transition of a major change in life. It is a meeting and a time of reflection for those who are undergoing some major changes in life.

Consciousness – Consciousness is the ceremony that represents the transition between the divinity and the spirituality. It is a ceremony that takes place twice a year in the temple and it is something that takes place over the course of two days.

Keyes/Degrees of Keyes – The Keyes ceremonies is a program of adult faith formation and development. It is composed of 33 keyes teaching a different aspect of the faith. It is something that is required for those that are thinking of entering into the ordained ministry but it is open to all adult men and women. It is to be attended in unison by the members of the ordained priesthood all over the world.

Transcendence – Transcendence is the ceremony that represents the transition between humanity and spirituality. It is a ceremony that takes place twice a year in the temple and it is something that takes place over the course of two days.

Fusion – Fusion is a ceremony performed in the temples that happens seven times a day by the archbishop or by one who is appointed to act on his behalf. It can be attended by anyone who has undergone purification. It is similar to the liturgy of the hours in scope.

Actualization – Actualization is the ceremony that represents the transition of humanity and divinity. It is the realization of what we are to become. The ceremony takes place twice a year over the course of two days.

Youth Development Program – The Youth Development Program is a program that is meant to be seen as the youth version of the sacrament of keyes. It is an auxiliary program done by boys and girls before and after their purification rites. One can enter into the sacrament of keyes itself when one goes through the endowment.

Release – Release is a ceremony that is similar to confession. It is performed by members of the priest or deacon class in local congregations at times that are set by the local congregations, usually on a Saturday.

Clearing – Clearing is a ceremony that is similar to auditing. It is a ceremony that should be done once per year to reflect and review all of the things that are done on the journey of the individual and the family. It is set up to help and guide the laypeople into the best course of action for the coming year.

Reception – Reception is the ceremony of the reading of the laws for the new year. It is read at the local, the temple, and the international levels.

Calling – Calling is the ceremony by which new people are called and old people are released from the work that they do in the Chancel at the local, regional, and international levels.

Antiphon – Antiphon is the ceremony that guides the ceremonies of the Feast Days of the Guardian Angels and is something that can also take place in private.