1 Corinthians 15:9; Prayer of ordination of a priest: Lord, fill with the gift of Your Holy Spirit this man whom it has pleased You to advance to the office of Presbyter; that he may become worthy to stand in innocence before Your holy altar, to proclaim the Gospel of Your kingdom, to minister the word of Your truth, to offer to You spiritual gifts and sacrifices; to renew Your people through the font of regeneration, that when he shall go to meet You, at the second coming of our great God and Savior, he may receive the reward of a good steward in the order given to him ; 1 Corinthians 4:1; Evagrius of Pontus: It is the father’s place to educate the [children] with regard to virtue and the knowledge of God; to give the children wisdom, however, is the Lord’s place.; Bishop Meletios of Preveza (Beauty for Ashes): The clergy, and even more so, the bishop, must lead and witness by their own example. It is not enough for their words to preach; so must their lives…The ideal characteristics of the clergy then are neither education nor knowledge of God, but rather piety and fear of God.; Matthew 18:6; Isaiah 8:18; Hebrews 2:13; Psalm 56:4; Matthew 10:28
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