Sacraments of the Nazarani Church

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The word which is generally translated as Sacraments is Araz (Aramaic: אראז) meaning "mysteries". The Latin word "sacramentum" is used to translate the Greek word mysterion. From this we can infer that the sacraments are mysteries, whereas one aspects of a mystery is visible and the other aspect is known solely by faith. As when a divinely appointed means of God's grace, where God takes something that is ordinary, like bread, or wine, or water, or oil and comes to us in an extraordinary way through it.

Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law. There are seven: Baptism, Confirmation (or Chrismation), the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony. The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life: they give birth and increase, healing and mission to the Christian's life of faith. There is thus a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of the spiritual life.

Ultimately it is the unseen hand of God that works in any sacrament-the prayers and actions serve as external expressions to remind us frail humans of these invisible truth

  • Ahumda אחומדא Baptism
  • Chrismation: Sharmutha
  • Eucharist: Lit'Shapshtha
  • Penance: A'thaybeena
  • Anointing of the Sick: Mishukha D'Mashitha
  • Holy Orders: Kahunath Qadeesh
  • Marriage: Biel Qadeesh
  • These Nazarani sacraments are identical to those which were later adopted by the Roman Catholic Church[1], but do not match the sacraments of the Church of the East or the Eastern Orthodox churches.

    CHURCH OF THE EAST

  • The Priesthood
  • Holy Baptism
  • The Oil of Unction
  • The Oblation of the Body and Blood of Christ
  • Absolution
  • The Holy Leaven
  • The sign of the life-giving Cross.

  • Baptism

    Scripture shows that John's baptism was a symbol of repentance, but not a sacrament. It did not confer grace. In the Acts it is clear that those who received Christian baptism also received the Holy Spirit, had their sins forgiven and became members of Christ, and thus of the Church. It is the foundational mystery/sacrament, the only one Philip thought necessary to confer on the Ethiopian eunuch. Matthew 3:16; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:8; Mark 16:16; John 3:5; Acts 1:4-5; Acts 2:38; Acts 8:16; Acts 8:36-38; Acts 11:16; Acts 16:15; Acts 16:33; Acts 18:8; Acts 19:3-6; Acts 22:16; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 5:25-26; Col. 2:12; 1 Peter 3:20-21, and many others.

    Confirmation/Chrismation

    Completes Baptism by a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit and enables the Christian for mission. This was seen at Pentecost with respect to the apostles. In the early Church it was often accompanied by charismatic signs, though these are not intrinsic to the mystery/sacrament. Conferred by the laying on of hands. In Acts 19:3-6, especially, it is clear that John's baptism, Christian baptism and Confirmation are all distinct realities. Also, in Hebrews 6:2 baptizing and laying on of hands are distinguished. Isaiah 44:3; Ezekiel 39:29; Joel 2:28; John 14:16; Acts 2:4; Acts 8:14-17; Acts 19:3-6; Hebrews 6:2.

    Eucharist/Communion

    The Eucharist is visibly bread and wine but is in reality the Body and Blood of Christ. No mere symbols can affect eternal life. And abuse of no mere symbol can be worthy of damnation. In the early centuries the name of the Mass was the breaking of the bread. Yet, when word got out of what the Eucharist really was the Romans accused Christians of sacrificing babies and cannibalism, because they heard they ate human flesh. Matthew 26:26-29; Luke 24:35; Acts 2:42; 1 Cor. 11:24-27.

    Penance/Reconciliation

    Christ gave authority, the keys, to the apostles to forgive sin, to decide between absolving or retaining guilt. This requires "confession" of sins for this judgment not to be arbitrary, hence the popular name of the mystery/sacrament. This authority was passed on to bishops, and from them to priests, with ordination. Matthew 16:19; John 20:21-23; Rev. 1:18.

    Anointing of the Sick/Unction

    Anointing prepares the person for death, and only incidentally may produce physical healing. The salvation and resurrection spoken of in James are in the first place spiritual. James 5:14-15.

    Holy Orders

    The threefold division of sacred ministers (bishops, priests and deacons) prefigured in the Old Law (high priest, priests, Levites) is clearly revealed in Scripture. Yet, most so-called "bible-believing" Protestant churches do not have them. Acts 6:3-6; Acts 13:2-3; 1 Tim. 3:1; 1 Tim. 3:8-9; 1 Tim. 4:14; 1 Tim. 4:16; 1 Tim. 5:17-19; 1 Tim. 5:22.

    Marriage/Matrimony

    Marriage is, as St. Paul states, a mystery (mysterion). By faith, matrimony is a sign of Christ and the Church, as well as a special calling. Mt. 19:10-11; Eph. 5:31-32, by which two become one flesh...

    It is not possible to be part of the Body of Christ without also participating in and being connected to the Bride to which the body is wed. A body living apart from their intended love is like unto a man who travels and finds nothing. Like any limb which is unconnected to the blood source, he wither and die, and may also infect other and more importantly, infect and destroy other parts surrounding it. You are either a Christian, or you are not. And if you are not a member of a Church that celebrates each and every one of the mysteries/sacraments, then you are not of Christ, nor are you in Christ. You are alone, apart from the body, you are the chaff that will be separated from the grain and you will be thrown into the fire without protection.

    References

    1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacraments_of_the_Catholic_Church