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Conclave August 2016

FACTS ABOUT US

The Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light is a fellowship of independent churches, ministries, and individuals. Offering an alternative within the Independent Catholic tradition following the example of the Desert Fathers and Mothers, the early Celts of the faith as well as the religious and spiritual traditions of the orders (the Benedictine, Templar, Cistercian, and Franciscans).  

                                                                                                                       CATHOLIC

We are a Catholic Church. The Apostolic Succession of our Holy Orders is recognized universally throughout Christendom. Our clergy celebrates the liturgy and administers the seven traditional sacraments. The Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light has the direct Apostolic Succession from Saint Peter, Saint Mark, Saint James, and Saint Andrew.

                                                                                                                         SACRAMENTAL

We are a sacramental church. We hold that the sacraments are visible signs of a manifestation of grace and serve as aids to spiritual growth. Baptism is the rite of formal initiation into the Church. Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Absolution, Holy Unction and Holy Matrimony are made available to all. Holy Orders is a higher initiation which is also made available to all members.
                                                                                                CHRISTIAN UNIVERSALISM/BIBLICAL UNIVERSALISM


We with our priestly Society use the term  "Wider Hope" theology, also called "Universalists" or "Universal Restorationists," that Origen from Alexandra, Egypt expounded on in the early church. The theology has a high regard and respect towards sacred scriptures.
                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                              MODERN

We are a modern priestly society. We maintain that eternal truth that is Christ Jesus himself. As well as we believe in faith and love, spirituality, community, and prayer.

                                                                                                                              INDEPENDENT

We are a priestly society within the Independent Catholic/Sacramental Movement. We welcome to our altars and our communities to all Christians and those who believe in Christ reverently approach.

                                                                                                             FREEDOM OF THOUGHT

The Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light embodies an ancient truth for the modern world like our predecessors in the Liberal Catholic tradition. We proclaim the unconditional love and compassion of God which embraces every human person as holy and redeemed that seeks out Christ as Lord and Savior.

                                                                                                                      FELLOWSHIP

Our society is a spiritual fellowship. We give ourselves and others encouragement to live the truth. To live the truth is to become ever more faithful to Christ, and our true selves as well the source of real fellowship.

                                                                                                                     LOVE-CENTERED

Our Society if one of love. We accept Saint John’s testimony that God is love. For us, Christ’s ministry is the law of love: “Love the Lord, thy God, with thy whole heart, thy whole mind, and thy whole strength; and love thy neighbor as thyself. This is the whole Law and the prophets.”

                                                                                                                      UNIVERSAL

We maintain that the Holy Spirit acts through clear channels everywhere in the Christian experience. There is only one true God, however, known and worshiped; hence, there is only one holy universal Church, regardless of cultural form. We revere the saints of all ages and Christian traditions. Acknowledges the power of God, who speaks through the "sensus fidelium" ("sense of the faithful"). For this was the model that follows in the Independent Catholicism of the one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church expression of the Christian faith.

                                                                                                                      MYSTICAL

We are a mystical church, keeping in mind the words of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, “Be still and know that I AM God”. We give primary place to Christ’s teaching, “The kingdom of God lies within you”. We acknowledge that the greatest advancement in spiritual truth is made by those who discover that divinity resides within. If God is love, then it is through our love that we come to a real and abiding knowledge of God. For Christians, love is spiritual power par excellence.

                                                                                                              OPEN COMMUNION

We hold that the chief purpose of the Church is to perpetuate the historical sacramental tradition as instituted by the Christ and preserved through the Apostolic Succession. We maintain that the sacraments are channels of divine grace. Therefore, we make the sacraments easily available to all Christians that come in reverence to our altars. Since the Eucharist puts us in communion with Christ Jesus, it is a channel of grace without parallel.
 

                                                                                                   OPEN HOLY ORDERS


Holy Orders are open to all members of the Church. While we sympathize with the Protestant concept of the priesthood of the laity, we also recognize the validity of the Apostolic Succession. Our solution is to make Holy Orders available to all those who wish to serve Christ in a special way. Please visit our vocation page.

The Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light is...

Inclusive:

The Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light seeks to reach out to all persons as called to holiness. Every individual is embraced communally arid sacramentally regardless of marital status or gender.

Proactive:

The believes that Christ continues to inspire the Church through the "'Sense of the Faithful," allowing for growth and transformation in both the individual and the institution

Compassionate:

The Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light is present and available to the spiritual struggles of the people. Offering a supportive community of faith, individuals are affirmed for their Fundamental of God love and their desire for holiness as not being dependent upon such issues that have divided the church in the past.

Please read our by-laws pages for more information about how we operate as a priestly society before you look at our ordination program as well as fill out our application on our Are you Called Page.

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