CL020.22  Liturgical Rites

The Chaplaincy, in adherence to the earliest traditions, administers the Greater and Lesser Spiritual Services in their most ancient forms. Because they are not merely symbolic actions but rather, as stated in the Statement of Faith, “are effectual channels of God’s grace which, when received with faith, are instrumental in progressively transmuting the human consciousness into one that is divine,” the Chaplaincy seeks to assure the validity of the Services by requiring of the minister strict adherence to the words and rubrics of every rite. In addition, ministers of the Mysteries shall unfailingly assure that the basic elements of each Mystery are as set forth in the Canons that follow. Only those rites which have been approved by the Synod under the Seal of the Synod Bishop may be used in the congregations and communities of the Chaplaincy unless written permission is granted by the Archbishop to, out of necessity, temporarily use the rites of another Chaplaincy or Congregation.

CL020.23  The Greater Services

In common with all Chaplaincies possessing Apostolic Succession, the Independent United Methodist Chaplaincy, holds the Greater Spiritual Services to be five in number, namely: Baptism, the Holy Eucharist, Marriage, Holy Orders and Holy Anointing. The essential elements necessary for the validity of each Services are enumerated in Canons CL020.24 through CL020.27.

CL020.23.1 The Sacraments are named Spiritual Services in this community of the EMMI Independent United Methodist Chaplaincy in which God is involved in as a witness and it doesn’t have any mystery or mysteries.

CL020.23.2 We are a Chaplaincy in valid apostolic succession from Jesus and the Apostles of the First Church Lead By Mary of Magdala, James the Just and Simon-Peter, the practice the five spiritual services handed down to us through their tradition, that is to say: Baptism, Holy Orders, The Eucharist, Anointing of the Sick (Unction) and Holy Matrimony. We may vary the way in which these services are performed, for example through the use of different liturgies, providing always that the progressive or liberal Christian in matter, form and intent is preserved. We understand the services to be outward signs of an inward spiritual grace.

CL020.23.3 With the exception of the sacrament of Holy Orders, clergy of the Chaplaincy may not deny the spiritual Services to those who ask for them, provided that the reasonable discretion of the minister shall apply with regard to the choice of the time and appropriate place for their administration.