Ordained as Deacons
In the course of the Churchs history, three ministries
have emerged as ministries to which access comes through ordination.
|Women were given the full ordination to the diaconate in the
The practice has been documented extensively for the first nine centuries in especially the Eastern part of the Church.
Women deacons assisted in the baptism of women which required anointing and immersion of the whole body.
We know the exact ordination rites that were used. They involve the imposition of hands by the bishop, the invocation of the Holy Spirit to impart the diaconate and the imposition of the diaconate stole.
Read here one typical example of such a rite.
The ordination to the diaconate was identical in all essentials for men and women. If women deacons were not ordained validly, neither were the male deacons.
eastern part of the Church was at that time fully Catholic, since the schism
with the west only took place in 1054.
The practice can be traced back to St. Paul. Co-ministering with him was Phoebe, the deacon of the church at Cenchreae (Romans 16,1-2).
International Church Councils, such as Chalcedon, Trullo and Nicaea II endorsed the ordination of women deacons.
If women received holy orders then, they surely can receive them now.
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