Are you Called to service as a Deacon? Deacons are called to a life of service. They minister to the needs of others through means such as pastoral presence and spiritual care. They assist priests in the Eucharistic liturgy and act as ordinary minister for sacraments such as baptism and marriage. The Diaconate is an ideal order of ministry for those seeking to be chaplains or who wish to live out their ministry championing a social justice cause.
Are you Called to a life of Thanksgiving, as a Priest? Priests are called to service at the altar of Almighty God and their chief duty is to celebrate the Eucharist. Priests administer sacraments for the benefit of humanity and within the Young Rite we share the sacraments freely to those who request them.
Authorization as Celebrant - Deacon or Priest In the Young Rite ordinations are conferred on men, women, and those who identify as genderqueer. Ordination is inclusive and affirming of the LGBTQ community.
When celebrating at a public service, the celebrant (Deacon or Priest) is no longer acting on their own title but as a representative of the Young Rite. It is self-evident that certain standards may be expected and upheld by those executing the public celebrations of the Young Rite.
Those deacons and priests meeting these standards are formally allowed to celebrate in public once in receipt of an Authorization for public celebration. This authorization is a written document in accordance with the Landmarks of the Young Rite. The Council of Three will take the following into consideration before issuing such authorization:
Skill in ceremonial The aspirant is able to demonstrate ample skill in the execution and thorough knowledge of the mechanical movements in the celebration of the Traditional Form of the Holy Eucharist. The bishop will be present at a celebration and convinces himself or herself that the aspirant performs these movements correctly, in a flowing, supple and fitting ceremonial manner. The aspirant will demonstrate sufficient experience with the liturgy and missal and be able to recite (and preferably also sing) the liturgy clearly and with appropriate feeling. Furthermore, skill in performing the functions of subdeacon and deacon during the celebration of a High Mass will be amply shown.
Inner power expressed through the ceremonial action The quality of the outward movements is in itself not sufficient for a public celebration. Our public services are the first impression and someone who is interested enough by our way of thinking to make the effort to attend a service should not leave disillusioned by a mediocre service. Experiencing the power flowing through the celebration of the Holy Eucharist is subjective and everyone has a good day and a less good day, yet the bishop will need to conclude that the intention of the celebrant is directed in such a way that an uplifting service results. In cases of doubt the bishop will suggest a few months of extra practice in the personal environment before reapplying for an authorization.
Sufficient distance from own personality and accomplishments As a celebrant your position is one of service to the circle and community, in whose name you are functioning as celebrant. It is not important -more so, it is irritating for those present- to display how well you perform or how well you did something, what your accomplishments are in life or in spiritual work, or the (spiritual) powers you may possess. As a celebrant you are genuinely interested in the welfare of others -hence you serve them by celebrating- and a healthy dose of modesty is called for. Merely counting how frequently a person uses the word “I” during a conversation already provides an indication as to the distance someone takes.
Holds an esoteric view on the Christian tradition The Young Rites operates within the esoteric Christian tradition. This means that we are hardly concerned with the historic person of Jesus of Nazareth, but concentrate on the inner teaching as demonstrated in the Christ life and given to us via the scriptures. As the profoundest of this teaching is the practice of love, we search for the responsibility and authority within ourselves and not in the gratuitous following of rules, belief in dogmas and praising of gurus. Only the individual is able to color his or her actions with love. Aspirants recognize that the true conferrer of the sacraments is none other than Christ and are pertinently aware of the magical operation of their effort.
Presentable An individual acting on behalf of the Young Rite, speaks and acts in a respectable manner and does not bring the Young Rite into discredit. Even though we do not see it as our duty to make moral judgments, we nonetheless do expect that celebrants hold themselves to the laws of the country and are persons of integrity. Furthermore, seeing as celebrants are expected to vest when celebrating the Holy Eucharist, they should be in possession of or have access to the required vestments.
Knowledgeable As someone acting on behalf of the Young Rite will need to speak with those interested, some knowledge on sacramentalism, esoteric Christianity, etc., is required. We do not expect a Seminary training or a university degree in theology. It is expected that each candidate provides several written papers, the number to be determined with the bishop in charge. Each paper should be in the order of magnitude of 4.000 words, on subjects directly appertaining to spirituality. At least one of these papers will deal with the subject of sacramentalism and one on the subject of the esoteric Christian tradition. The remainder of the subjects may be chosen by the candidate