The Canon Law of The Thomasine Church

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Puritanical entities still seek to control speech, education, social mores and morals. They absolutely resent the Wisdom Teachings of old. Only behind locked doors and in a whispered hush could one learn of the Wisdom which has been known by various names. I dedicate this first edition of the Canon Law for the reconstituted Thomasine Church. May the teachings of +Mar Thoma never be suppressed again. May these sacred teachings Illuminate all of mankind. Given under my hand and seal, at the Patriarchal Basilica of Didymos Judas Thomas, this March 21st, the Feast Day of the Spring Equinox, in the year of the Thomasine Calendar, two thousand and five, in the second year of my Patriarchate. In Light and Truth Mar Didymos

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........................................ 21 Canon 37 – Mystery of the Leitourgia – Liturgy ......................................................................................................................... 20 Canon 34 – Greater Mysterion –.......................................................................... 19 Canon 27 – Correspondence – .......... 5 ARTICLE THE THIRD – THE AREOPAGUS............................... 15 Canon 8 – Eparchs ........................................................................................................................................................................................... 21 Canon 40 – Lesser Mysterion – ............................................................................ 16 Canon 11 – Presbyters................................................................................................................. 13 ARTICLE THE ELEVENTH – CODE OF CANONS ............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 19 Canon 26 – Participation in Other Organizations – ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... & SEMINARY ......................................... 20 Canon 30 – Sanctuaries –.............................. 20 Canon 35 – Mystery of Liberation – ............................................................ 15 Canon 3 – Doctrine ...................................................................................................... 16 Canon 12 – Deacons ................. 15 Canon 7 – Chancellor.............. 15 Canon 2 – Membership ............................................................................... 19 Canon 28 – Changing Congregations or Communities –..............ARTICLE THE FIRST – INSTITUTION .......... 15 Canon 4 –Senority....... 7 ARTICLE THE SIXTH – THE CONSTITUTION............ 16 Canon 14 – Qualifications for the Episcopate............................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 19 Canon 25 – Removal of Members – ........................................................... 13 ARTICLE THE TENTH – CHIVALRIC & RELIGIOUS ORDERS.............. 20 Canon 33 – Mystagogical Rites – ....................................................................................... 18 Canon 22 – Removal of Clergy.. 21 Canon 39 – Mystery of the Priesthood ........................................................................... 21 Canon 38 – Mystery of Nymphôn – Bridal Chamber .... 18 Canon 18 – Active List ................................................................ 20 Canon 32 – Use of Consecrated Sanctuaries –.............................................. 18 Canon 21 – Marital Status of Clergy............................ 5 ARTICLE THE FOURTH – MEETINGS OF THE AREOPAGUS.................................................................... 16 Canon 9 – Eparchs Emeriti ...... 19 Canon 29 – Ownership of Property –...................................................... 20 Canon 31 – Consecration of Sanctuaries – ........................................................... 16 Canon 13 – Ages of Candidates ..................................................................................................... 18 Canon 20 – Good Standing .... 17 Canon 16 – Incardination of Clergy........................... 18 Canon 23 – Membership in Cogregations & Communities -.................... 22 ................................................................................ 14 Canon 1 – Name of the Ecclesiastical Organization ................................................................................................ 17 Canon 17 – Canonical Obedience ..................................................................... 17 Canon 15 – Qualifications of Clergy ......................................................................... 21 Canon 36 – Mystery of the Seal ....................................................... 16 Canon 10 – Chorebishop............... 9 ARTICLE THE SEVENTH – PATRIARCH........................................................................ 18 Canon 19 – Transfer to the Inactive List........................... 4 ARTICLE THE SECOND – GOVERNMENT..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................Sphragis.......................................................................................................................... 15 Canon 6 – Aposkrisarios and Primatial Igumen.............. 19 Canon 24 – Definition of Active Members ...................... 11 ARTICLE THE NINTH – CONGREGATIONS................................................................................................................................................ 9 ARTICLE THE EIGHTH – EPARCHS........................................................... 7 ARTICLE THE FIFTH – THE SYNOD OF THE SANCTUARY OF LIGHT...................................................................... COMMUNITIES....................................... 15 Canon 5 – Patriarch.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

.............. 24 Canon 52 – Real Property – ................................................... 23 Canon 49 – Administration Fund –......... 22 Canon 44 – Sacred Vessels – .................................................. 22 Canon 43 – Vestments ......................................................................................................................................................................... Name.................................................................................................. 24 Canon 55 – Schism – ..... 22 Canon 45 – Episcopal Regalia – ................................................................................ This Thomasine Church prohibits sexual discrimination of any kind........................................................ ........................................... Antimension and the Holy Place – .......................................................................................................................................... which is inherently a part of the MYSTICAL BODY OF CHRIST............................................... 23 Canon 50 – Fraternal Relationships – ........................................................ 23 Canon 48 – Committees – ...... 24 Canon 54 – Guidelines for Discernment of Candidates to Holy Orders – ............ referred to hereinafter as the “Church”... 26 Canon 57 – Donations –........................... 22 Canon 46 – Marriage of Divorced Persons – ....................... ARTICLE THE FIRST – INSTITUTION A................................... and shall be incorporated under the laws of the Dominion of Canada as a Non Profit Religious Corporation.............................................................................................................................................. The use of masculine terms is done so only for clarity and brevity’s sake........................................................................................................ 23 Canon 47 – Tribunals –............................................................. 22 Canon 42 – Altar. 23 Canon 51 – Mediation of Disputes –.......................................................................................................... 26 Canon 56 – Confidentiality -............................ 24 Canon 53 – Free Nature of the Sacraments –......................................................Canon 41 – Liturgical Rite -.......... The corporate name of this ecclesiastical organization shall be The Thomasine Church........................................................................................................................................ 26 All masculine terms shall hence forth be assumed to include and apply equally to the feminine.

B. Doctrine. The Teachings of The Thomasine Church are set forth in the Gospel of Thomas. Ecclesiastical Authority. ARTICLE THE SECOND – GOVERNMENT A. and Institutes of Illuminist studies as defined herein below. Temporal Authority. shall constitute the legal By-laws of the corporation of the Thomasine Church. Membership. Communities. Membership in The Thomasine Church shall not preclude membership or office in any other organization. E. All spiritual and ecclesiastical authority in The Thomasine Church resides in and proceeds from the Patriarchal Archbishop. The Gospel of Thomas the Contender. nor have they been deposed or excommunicated. which shall be the Board of Trustees of The Thomasine Church as a corporation. The purpose of The Thomasine Church is to promote the pursuit of Enlightenment. This Constitution (as from time to time shall be lawfully amended). D. and the Hymn of the Pearl and are subject to both personal and hierarchical interpretation. The members of The Thomasine Church are those who have underwent the Apolytrosis and who have not resigned there from. unless such involvement shall prove a conflict of interest and/or prevent proper execution of duties to the Thomasine Church. or Gnosis and to dispel ignorance in order for people to experience mental and spiritual liberation. ARTICLE THE THIRD – THE AREOPAGUS . Constitution. All temporal authority resides in and shall proceed from the Areopagus. C.B. Seminaries. To those ends it will establish Congregations. Purpose. Illumination. who is advised and counseled by the Areopagus.

shall attend all sessions of the Areopagus. Authority. shall have general and active management of the business of the corporation. ex officio. Definition of the Areopagus. iii. and chief executive office of the corporation. mortgages. The Areopagus shall have authority in all matters temporal and material affecting The Thomasine Church within the Code of Canon Law of the Thomasine Church. Removal from Office – The Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light may. also to designate the location for the transaction of business of the Thomasine Church. He shall. in the absence or disability of the President. He shall give or cause to be given. C. and to admit Congregations and Communities as integral units of The Thomasine Church as a corporation. except in cases in which the signing or execution thereof shall be expressly delegated by the Areopagus to some other officer or agent of the corporation. all authorized deeds. iii. under the seal of the corporation. Officers. and perform such other duties as the Areopagus shall prescribe. He shall be the master of ritual and the guardian of the Church. which shall consist of the Patriarch. perform the duties and exercise the powers of the President. with the concurrence of the Patriarch. bonds. or who fails to conform to applicable Canon Law after admonition by the Patriarch. i.A. i. B. in so far as those directives are compatible with the laws of the State. and record all votes and the minutes of all proceedings in a book to be kept for that purpose. by majority vote remove from office a member of the Areopagus who shall have persistently neglected to perform his duties of office or to reply to official communications. and shall see that all orders and resolutions of the Areopagus are carried into effect. Vacancies – Vacancies in the Areopagus shall be filled by appointment by a majority vote of the remaining Areopagus members. The Apokrisarios shall appoint a priest as an assistant who will act as press-secretary of the Areopagus. notice of all meetings. hereinafter referred to as the Areopagus. ii. and no more than two (2) appointed officers from the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light. appointed by the Patriarch or elected by the Areopagus. Apokrisarios – The Apokrisarios shall be the Vice-President. contracts. ii. There shall be a Board of Trustees. Archemandrite – This officer. he shall preside at all meetings of the corporation. or whose official and personal conduct the Patriarch and/or the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light shall consider to have been such as to bring discredit upon The Thomasine Church or to have been harmful to the good order therein. He shall also execute in the name of the corporation. of the Areopagus and shall perform . Term of Office – The appointed members of the Areopagus shall have a set term serving the Patriarch until the end of his term or abdication. whether regular or special. or other instruments requiring a seal. Patriarch – The Patriarch shall be ex officio President and the head of the Areopagus.

Time and Place. Whenever any notice of the time.those duties as may be prescribed by the Areopagus or the President. a waiver thereof. signed by the person or persons entitled to make such a notice. iv. or whenever they might require it. D. The Chancellor is the guardian of the Teachings and the ex officio of the Patriarchal Chancery. at which time the Areopagus shall transact any business within the provisions of the corporation. Any business of the corporation may be transacted at the annual meeting without being specifically designated in the notice. or purpose of any meeting of the Areopagus. There shall be a Council consisting of all the clergy known as the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light which shall counsel the Areopagus. Definition of the Sanctuary. taking proper vouchers for such disbursements. Treasurer . or other official or canonical meeting is required to be given under the provisions of the Constitution of this corporation. appointed by the Patriarch or elected by the Areopagus. place. shall have custody of the corporate funds and securities and shall keep full and accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements in books belonging to the corporation and shall deposit all monies and other valuable effects in the name and to the credit of the corporation in such depositories as may be designated by the Areopagus. a full and correct statement of the corporation. in writing. and filed with the records of the meeting. ARTICLE THE FIFTH – THE SYNOD OF THE SANCTUARY OF LIGHT A. No business shall be transacted at a Special Meeting of the Areopagus. Statement of Affairs. At any time between Annual Meetings. The annual meeting of the Areopagus shall be held on the 21st of March each year. and shall render to the Areopagus. ARTICLE THE FOURTH – MEETINGS OF THE AREOPAGUS A. which shall be filed at that time. He/she shall disburse the funds of the corporation as may be ordered by the Areopagus. at the annual meeting of the Areopagus. The Treasurer shall prepare or cause to be prepared. shall be deemed equivalent to the giving of such notice to such persons. except that specifically designated on the notice. and notice of the exact time and place of such meetings shall be given at least five months in advance by the Secretary. Special Meetings. Waiver of Notice. . C. an account of all transactions and of the financial condition of the corporation. B. except such business as is specifically required by provisions otherwise contained herein or provided for specifically in the Constitution or in the Code of Canon Law. including a balance sheet and a financial statement of operations for the preceding fiscal year.This officer. the President of the corporation may call Special Meetings of the Areopagus. The Chancellor shall be the usual Secretary.

shall constitute a Quorum. In any voting by the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light. unless otherwise determined. or at the edict of the Patriarch. shall be conducted in Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light meetings. and shall operate to reduce . After this time all business must be tabled until the next meeting. The Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light shall be composed of all active clergy of the Thomasine Church. during which time all correspondence containing decisions shall be returned. Expenses of meetings shall be met in a fair and equitable manner discussed and approved in advance by the Areopagus. ix. vii. eparchy and community.discuss the ecclesiastical matters and affairs of the Thomasine Church. Special meetings may be called when a majority agrees that an issue warrants such. and shall act in an advisory capacity to the Areopagus. Any member of the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light may designate another member to act as their proxy in any meeting and to cast an additional vote on their behalf. special meetings may be held by other means if a majority of the Sanctuary agrees. x. ii. under the presidency of the Patriarch. iii. It shall. in concurrence with the Patriarch. The Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light shall be called into session at least every twelve months to discuss issues of the Thomasine Church. or continuance of matters already approved by the Areopagus. but no member shall serve as proxy for more than three members at the same time. Voting decisions. iv. abstention from casting a ballot shall constitute a waiver of right to vote in such voting. whose office shall be responsible for notifying the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light and Areopagus. decide matters pertaining to the regulation of Exarchs and Eparchs (per the Code of Canon Laws) and shall ratify the election of Exarch and Eparchs by their respective diocese or communities and shall ratify and install (enthrone) all succeeding Patriarchs. Not less than half of the entire membership of the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light present. beyond the daily maintenance of communication within the Church. All business of The Thomasine Church collectively. v. vi. either in person or by proxy. and with the concurrence and under the seal of the Patriarch. aid in amending the Constitution and Code of Canon laws. It shall also consider those issues pertaining to the welfare of The Thomasine Church at the level of the Exarchy. shall be by a simple majority. it may suggest amendments to the Constitution and Code of Canon Laws. Electronic meetings may not exceed a period of one week. Due to the expense of travel. The Secretary shall provide a synopsis of all business and decisions to all Eparchs for disbursal to their respective Congregations and Communities. i. viii.

Amendment by Interim Proposal. Whenever a regular annual or Special Meeting of the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light or Areopagus is not to be held within one year. Such Amendment shall take effect upon approval by the Patriarch. or after having been submitted to the Areopagus by a majority of the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light. ARTICLE THE SIXTH – THE CONSTITUTION A. He shall be ex officio. above. ARTICLE THE SEVENTH – PATRIARCH A. This Constitution shall become provisionally effective upon adoption by resolution of the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light and shall become finally effective upon approval by the Patriarch on behalf of the Areopagus and the Sanctuary of the Light of the Thomasine Church.by the number of such abstentions the total number of votes. if approved and modified by a majority vote of the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light. Failure to reply within a specified time to a call for vote by electronic correspondence shall constitute abstention. However. the closing date for a vote by electronic correspondence may be extended if the Patriarch has reason to believe that said correspondence has been excessively delayed. There shall be one Eparch who shall hold the title of Patriarch. C. then the proposed Amendment goes to the Patriarch for approval. An Amendment to this Constitution may be proposed by resolution regularly presented to the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light. a proposal to amend this Constitution may be originated by the Areopagus on it’s own unanimous motion. and when so originated. xi. Title and Rights. B. Adoption. He shall be the executive leader of. but not by less than the simple majority which is required. a member of the Areopagus and shall be . or submitted. and preside over the meetings of the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light. Upon their acceptance by a majority vote. Amendment. the Areopagus shall submit such proposed Amendment to the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light for vote under procedure B. such Amendment shall be submitted to the Patriarch for approval. If so accepted.

F. above.) Although he has the duty to seek the counsel and advice of the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light prior to issuing any proclamation affecting the Thomasine Church. Should the vacancy occur due to removal from office. E. Removal from office is by vote of the Areopagus and the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light in the same manner described in C.President thereof.) The tenure of the Patriarch is for nine (9) years. B. above. or any repeated acts or behavior that the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light and/or Areopagus shall consider to have brought discredit upon The Thomasine Church or to have been harmful to the good order therein.) He may veto any decision of the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light. after their ratification by the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light and also. He shall act as spokesperson of The Thomasine Church in matters dealing with those outside the Thomasine Church. Vacancy of Office. C.) The Patriarch shall have the right to name his successor. i. without abrogating the jurisdiction of the local eparch. conviction of a felony. who shall be ratified by the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light by a two-thirds majority vote from the membership of that body. unless he delegates said authority to another by way of a Bull signed and sealed under his hand. The Apokrisarios may be deputed by the Patriarch to exercise any specified powers of the Office of the Patriarch for any specified period of time. and shall have the right to delegate this task to another. the Apokrisarios shall temporarily hold the office until Election and ratification occurs as described in C. by reason of removal. he may resign by giving at least ninety (90) days notice to the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light.) The Patriarch shall call to order and chair the meetings of the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light. Authorities and Duties. He may. ii.) The Patriarch shall act as President of the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light and shall appoint committees. D. Apokrisarios. death. ii. v. resignation. to take precedence in all diocese and communities. such veto being absolute and having no right of appeal. or officers which may or may not be otherwise elected. resignation or incapacitation is currently vacant. Removal from Office (Deposing).) Only the Patriarch may officially assign and authorize an Eparch to a eparchy and community as may have requested his consecration. or death of the Patriarch. without the consent of a congregation or community to which an Eparch has not been assigned as authorized and for any congregation or community in which the aforementioned office. or the provisions of this Constitution. The decision of the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light shall then be presented to all Congregations and Communities. He shall also be the sole Fons Honorum of any Chivalric Order which shall have its origin or revival from The Thomasine Church. i. iii. the authority of the Patriarch shall be absolute in all ecclesiastical and spiritual matters. Ratification and Tenure. He shall have the right to conduct all consecrations of Eparchs-Elect. and to exercise such of his powers as may be delegated in . i. The Patriarch may be removed from office by reason of repeated infractions of Canon Law.) The Patriarch shall have the right to designate an Eparch within the Areopagus as the Apokrisarios of the Thomasine Church. occasion or location in which the ecclesiastical powers of the Patriarch are required. iv. and members for tribunals.

) The financial maintenance of the Patriarch shall be the responsibility of the Thomasine Church.) A small petty cash fund shall be available for his use at his discretion. diocese or community. The Patriarch may appoint any member of the Areopagus to act as his Chancellor for a specified time. iii. or location in which the ecclesiastical powers of an Eparch are required. ii. he may take precedence over the Eparch. ii. a Bull of Election. or. and neither the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light. of secular law. by election or acclamation. provided said presbyter fulfills the qualifications of the Episcopacy as required by the Canon. B. Definition of a Exarch . "representative with full authority"). G.) The new Eparch can only be assigned as Eparch to the diocese or community that elected him by the Patriarch. select from among its resident presbyters. ARTICLE THE EIGHTH – EXARCHS & EPARCHS A. at his discretion. a Eparch deputized to perform that function. iv. including the consecration of a Eparch. When visiting a congregation or community in his official capacity at the behest of the Patriarch.) An Exarch shall have sole authority over the exarchy or community to which he is assigned. and then only where violations of the Canon or Constitution.) Any Episcopal Regalia he shall be provided with by The Thomasine Church shall remain the property of the Thomasine Church. the amounts of which shall be set in advance the beginning of each fiscal year.(Gr.such an appointment.. i. whose judgment shall be absolute.) A Congregation or Community may. Financial Maintenance. Patriarch) in the administration of a national Church. C. excepting the Patriarch. by vote.) Eparchs may be consecrated only by the Patriarch. ii. H. ii. Areopagus nor individual Eparchs shall be able to interfere in the functions of the Exarch. The Exarch is head of an ecclesiastical jurisdiction representing the head of the Church (i.) If ratified. Election and Ratification. who assumes the title of “EparchElect” until the time of his consecration.e. is delivered to the candidate. Should the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light reject the candidate.) A petition for ratification shall be presented to a regular or special meeting of the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light. or acclamation. given under the seal of the Patriarch. i. a petition for consecration is presented to the Patriarch. and shall be carried out in strict adherence to the Canon of the Thomasine Church. or of Thomasine . Consecration and Assignment. Exarch. i. occasion. and to exercise such of his powers as may be delegated in such an appointment. one to be presented to the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light and to the Patriarch for ratification. where. the decision of the congregation or community is either ratified or rejected. and may not be increased and/or replenished except by approval of the Areopagus. including the consecration of a Eparch. i.) The Apokrisarios shall act as Ambassador of the Thomasine Church. Chancellor.) Should the Patriarch approve. and shall be Vice-President of the Areopagus. the congregation or community may appeal to the Patriarch. iii.

D. and neither the The Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light. the Office of the Exarch shall be financially maintained by the exarchy or community to whom he is assigned. The Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light. the office of the Eparch shall be financially maintained by the eparchy or community to whom he is assigned. In the beginning the chorepiscopi exercised all episcopal functions in their rural districts. iii. ii.) Where practical. whose judgment is absolute.) A Exarch. of secular law. Eparchs. Chorbishop (Chorepiscopi) Definition . in agreement with his diocese or community. shall alone determine who is qualified for Holy Orders up to and including the Office of Presbyter. may suspend or depose from office any Exarch. shall alone determine who is qualified for Holy Orders up to and including the Office of Presbyter. may suspend or depose from Office any Eparch. or to have been harmful to the good order therein. who disregards his obligation to the Canon or who illicitly exercises his authority to ordain or consecrate. excepting the Patriarch. who disregards his obligation to the Canon or who illicitly exercises his authority to ordain or consecrate.) An Eparch shall have sole authority over the eparchy or community to which he is assigned. ii. . Should the suspension or deposition result from any action of the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light. The Thomasine Church continues this ancient tradition. (in accordance with Canon Law) and who shall act as clergy in said diocese or community. the Eparch may appeal to the Patriarch. or whose conduct is considered to be such as to bring the Office of Eparch into disrepute or to bring discredit upon the Thomasine Church. this maintenance may be total or partial as per a written agreement between the Exarch and the Magistery of his exarchy or community. i. F. whose judgment is absolute. the Exarch may appeal to the Patriarch. and then only where violations of the Canon or Constitution.Church position is suspected.A name originally given in the Eastern Church to Eparchs whose jurisdiction was confined to rural districts. (in accordance with Canon Law) and who shall act as clergy in said eparchy or community.) Where practical. or whose conduct is considered to be such as to bring the Office of Eparch into disrepute or to bring discredit upon the Thomasine Church. Should the suspension or deposition result from any action of the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light.) A Eparch. in agreement with his exarchy or community. by a two-thirds majority vote or the Patriarch. Regulation of Exarchs. or to have been harmful to the good order therein.The title of an ecclesiastical dignitary who possesses the fullness of the priesthood to rule an eparchy as its chief administrator. by a two-thirds majority vote or the Patriarch. or of Thomasine Church position is suspected. Regulation of Eparchs. G. Areopagus nor individual Eparchs shall be able to interfere in the functions of the Eparch. The Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light. this maintenance may be total or partial as per a written agreement between the Eparch and the Magistery of his eparchy or community. eparchy or community. E. iii. Definition of a Eparch .

but living together rather than apart. iv. All financial matters of congregations and communities shall be the responsibility of a duly elected board of trustees or Magistery thereof. Eddesa Seminary shall be located at the basilica of the Patriarch. B. The term “congregation” shall designate a group of members living apart. or number of residents. and consecrated. “monastery”.) The Chorbishop may be deputed by the Patriarch to exercise any specified authorities of the Office of Eparch. Finances. the terms “friary”. ARTICLE THE NINTH – CONGREGATIONS. The Seminary of The Thomasine Church shall be dedicated to the religious education and spiritual formation of its ordained clergy. “convent” and/or “community” may designate a group of residences situated on a single site.i) The Patriarch shall have the right to designate a Chorbishop as his representative. Definition of Congregation.) Should the Office of Eparch be vacant for any reason. No distinction in name shall be made whether of number or size. pending other nominations. should the need arise. or the joint responsibility of the Magistery of any resident congregation of any branch thereof and the Areopagus. C. ii. Finances of the Seminary shall be the responsibility of the Areopagus. above. These terms may be applied irrespective of size. & SEMINARY A. The term “community” shall designate any congregation as defined in A. or Deacon. in a permanent communal relationship. ARTICLE THE TENTH – CHIVALRIC & RELIGIOUS ORDERS . who is ex officio its’ administrator. D. Presbyter. he may grant episcopal faculty to an Eparch of another diocese or community. ratified. The term “Temple” shall be used rather than the term “Church” to designate the physical structure in which a congregation conducts its rituals and instruction. the Chorbishop shall assume said office with the consent of the eparchy or community until such time as a new Eparch may be elected. occasion or location.) The Chorbishop of any eparchy or community shall be automatically nominated as successor to the Eparch of that congregation or community. physical design. Definition of Communities. yet regularly meeting together for instruction served by a resident Eparch. The Patriarch shall act as Eparch for all diocese without a resident Eparch. COMMUNITIES. and of those persons studying for any office of Holy Orders. for any specified period of time. holding a schedule of daily meditation and study in common. No distinction in name shall be made whether of number or size. iii. Eddesa Seminary. As appropriate.

All Chivalric authority. A. and the assumption of body postures which in combination highten the devotee’s abilities of awareness. The Code of Canons hereinafter referred to as the Canon. The Patriarch may delegate said authority to another by virtue of a Tomos signed and sealed by his hand. The body of practice is that of meditations. and establishing methods for carrying out the provisions of this Constitution. ARTICLE THE ELEVENTH – CODE OF CANONS A. interpreting in detail. Other Orders. whether Chivalric or Spiritual as may be needed to serve the spiritual needs of their members. after their name. consists of the administrative rules for implementing. who. and shall have . as well as petitions for Charters of Foundation to form Orders shall be filed with the Office of the Patriarch. C.F. chants. The Patriarch shall appoint a Master of the Order. Definition of Canons. Petitions to form such Orders. Friars shall bear the initials O. that is. The Thomasine Church shall authorize the formation of other orders. the right and virtue of Fons Honorum. Its main focus is the devotion of the aspirant toward an inward Alchemical transformation. Order of Frairs Marcionite – This is the first authorized order within Thomasine Church. with the advisement of the Areopagus and Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light shall accept or reject the petition.M. shall proceed solely from the Patriarch who shall issue the Charter of Foundation for any Chivalric Order which has its’ origin or revival from the Thomasine Church.

and G.The duties of the Chancellor are as follows: The Chancellor is the Primatial Secretary.the same authority and effect as the provisions of this Constitution. of the Constitution. Canon 2 – Membership – The members of The Thomasine Church are those who who have Apolytrosis and who have not resigned there from. and serves as a Exarchial Counselor. The Book of Thomas the Contender. D.” Canon 6 – Aposkrisarios and Primatial Igumen . F. A. He shall bear the titles of “Most Illuminated Master” “His Beatitude” and “Patriarch. Canon 5 – Patriarch – The rights. and Communications. His tenure is for nine (9) years and he may be removed from office only as authorized by Article the Seventh. shall nevertheless be bound to accept them as the official basis of teaching and ritual. .. nor have they been deposed or excommunicated. Canons may be adopted. above. as is the laity.The rights and powers of the Aposkrisarios and the Exarchial Igumen shall be as delineated by Article the Seventh. his decision shall be absolute. and the Hymn of the Pearl. The Canon. engages in Ecclesiastical Research. as within the same rank. which together shall form the philosophical foundation of The Thomasine Church and shall have the same force as the Constitution and the Canons in establishing the spiritual orientation of this ecclesiastical organization and defining her tenets. Canon 4 –Senority – For the purposes of Canon Law (as distinguished from precedence) Seniority shall be detrimined by rank first. according to priority of consecration or ordination. and B. C. Canon 3 – Doctrine – The Teachings of The Thomasine Church are set forth in the Gospel of Thomas. Canons. then second. amended or repealed in the same manner as the Constitution as described in Article the Seventh. powers and authority of the Patriarch shall be delineated in Article the Seventh. respectively. after counsultation with the Sactuary of the Light and the Areopagus. while being accorded the same freedoms of personal interpretation of these documents. In all matters both ecclesiastical and spiritual. B. Members of the clergy. Use of the name is reserved by those authorized by the Patriarch and/or the Areopagus. B. altered. of the Constitution. Adoption of Canons. Canon 1 – Name of the Ecclesiastical Organization – The name of this ecclesiastical organization shall be The Thomasine Church and shall be translated accordingly in all places. Both shall bear the title of “Most Reverend Master” and “His Eminance. together with the Constitution is the law under which The Thomasine Church is operated.” Canon 7 – Chancellor .

of the Constitution. of the Constitution. Following the most ancient of ecclesiastical traditions. They shall bear the title of “Most Reverend Master” and “His Excellency. They shall have served as a Presbyter in good standing for a minimum of five (5) years or upon an edict (Tomos) by the Patriarch. excepting those reserved for the episcopate. Following the most ancient of ecclesiastical traditions. They shall be allowed to wear purple (amaranth) cleric shirt with white collar. Canon 11 – Presbyters .Canon 9 – Exarchs – The rights and powers of Exarchs shall be as delineated by Article the Eighth. Deacons are to wear grey cleric shirt with roman tab. pectoral tau. Their tenure is for life.” Canon 10 – Chorebishop – Chorepiscopi posess rights and authorities as granted in Article the Eighth. in good standing for a period of at least six months may be elected by a presbyter for elevation to the order of deacon. and perform the Mysterion of Anointing or the Mysterion of Apolytrosis.” Canon 9 – Eparchs Emeriti – Eparchs Emeriti are those Eparchs in good standing who have ceased to function as such by virtue of resignation/retirement and maybe listed as either active or inactive. Deacons may assist at any of the Mysterion. Eparch 33. G of the Constitution. E. These ages may be modified slightly by the Eparch.” Canon 13 – Ages of Candidates – The minimum ages of candidates for ordination shall be as follows. They shall bear the title of “Illuminated Master” and “His Eminence. may bless. They shall have served as a Presbyter in good standing for a minimum of five (5) years or upon an edict (Tomos) by the Patriarch. Deacon 18. Their tenure is for life.” Canon 8 – Eparchs – The rights and powers of Eparchs (Bishops) shall be as delineated by Article the Eighth. They have no inate ecclesiastical authority. all candidates must . and said presbyter may petition thier Eparch for his ordination. and they may be deposed only as stipulated in Article the Eighth. They are authorized to celebrate the Mysterion of the Thomasine Church. the congregation or community in which they serve shall elect the Exarch. and bear the title of “Right Reverend” in congregations or communities. with the approval of the Patriarch. of the Constitution. C. and as may be delegated by their Eparchs. D.Any man or woman. of the Constitution. They shall bear the title of “Most Reverend Master” and “His Excellency. and shall bear the title “Reverend Brother” or “Reverend Sister.The members of the congregation or community they serve shall elect presbyters from among the Diaconate. They shall have served in the Diaconate in good standing for a period of not less than one year. In addition. They shall wear a black cleric shirt with collar and bear the title of “Illuminated Father” or “Illuminated Mother. D. and they may be deposed only as stipulated in Article the Eighth. Presbyter 24. but are accorded all reverence and honor due an Eparch.” Canon 12 – Deacons . the congregation or community in which they serve shall elect the Eparch.

a systematic program of correspondence study shall be given the candidate. in addition to the approval by majority vote from the Community or Congregation where they would serve. sacramental theology and all other studies necessary to the Presbyter as a teacher. as well as her rites. so long as he has received Episcopal consecration prior to his appointment as Patriarch. by virtue of previous service and/or arrival at the prescribed age for ordination to a specific order. Canon 16 – Incardination of Clergy – Clergy incardinating from other jurisdictions must meet the same qualifications as the resident clergy of Thomasine Church. A program of study and apprenticeship shall be established in the congregation or community. the Constitution and the Code of Canons. Canon 14 – Qualifications for the Episcopate – A candidate for Eparch shall be validly ordained Presbyter. entitled to receive that order. Incardinating Eparchs must be approved by a majority vote of the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light. but may delegate this right to another and shall appoint the co-consecrators. whereas all of the members of that body would become members of the Thomasine Church. The Patriarch alone has the right of consecration. preceded by Apolytrosis and Sphragis. educated in the Tradition of The Thomasine Church and in agreement with her Teaching. Candidates to the Presbyterate shall have appropriate education in areas of doctrine. Under normal circumstances. and have the confidence and respect of the congregation or community over which he shall serve as Eparch. his ability to adequately perform the Rites and Rituals of The Thomasine Church as well as his knowledge of the Teachings of the Thomasine Church. there must be at least two consecrators for the consecration to be considered canonical. Thomasine Church history. or already have a congregation of their own. Following the injunction of St.” [1 Timothy 5:22] The Thomasine Church stresses that it is the maturity and suitability of the candidate for the order to which he is called which is of the utmost importance. All incardinating clergy must agree to either serve an existing congregation or community (after first meeting that entity’s approval). In all congregations and communities. Canon 15 – Qualifications of Clergy – All clergy of The Thomasine Church shall have had the proper ordination and documentation to all Holy Orders preceding the Order to which they are to be ordained. The Patriarch may be of any age. the candidate must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Eparch. they must be thoroughly conversant with the Constitution and Canons of the Thomasine Church. under the supervision of the Eparch. and it should not be construed that. before progressing to the next order. one is ipso facto. representative of The Thomasine Church and celebrant of the Mysterion. all active Eparchs members of Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light shall ratify the elevation of the chosen Eparch-Elect. They shall then be re-ordained sub conditione.have served the requisite time in the preceding Orders. rituals and history. He shall be of undisputed character. Under normal circumstances. Before his ordination. as noted in the Canons appropriate to the order. Before being accepted and assigned. Paul to “Impose not hands lighly upon any man. counselor. which he shall serve. above. have demonstrated abilities of leadership. . have the ability to teach and to judge wisely. liturgy. He shall be elected by the congregation or community.

who has been found guilty of criminal action or malfeasance. such exercise being at the discretion of the Eparch. and is subject to right of appeal to the Patriarch. including the Eparch. except those living communally. however. or any other conflict sufficent to hamper proper function and good order. The Thomasine Church does recognize. All clergy shall make an oath of obedience to the Patriarch. or the Patriarch. The Thomasine Church expects moral integrity from both married and single clergy. Moral indiscretion of single clergy that has become public knowledge and separation or divorce of married clergy (provided that such was not due to marital infidelity on the cleric’s part) does not necessarily bar one from the exercise of clergical function. The House of Eparchs shall have the authority to transfer Eparchs to the Inactive list for manifest and prolonged inactivity or other reasons. Canon 18 – Active List – An Eparch who has been regularly assigned to a congregation or community. may be married or single as each desires. Presbyter or Deacon who has not been placed on the Inactive list shall be regarded. that her clergy have human failings and may err. and a retired Eparch. and marital fidelity from her married clergy. without prejudice to his future reinstatement. Any member of the clergy who has been notified that his condct is under investigation shall not be entitled to vote in any matter concerning any action in his own case arising form such investigation or to serve during such investigation on any body concered therewith. but shall make a statement promising adherence to the Constitution and the Code of Canon Laws of the Thomasine Church. a Presbyter or Deacon who is currently authorized to conduct public services.Canon 17 – Canonical Obedience – A loving respectful relationship among clergy being the only credible way of assuring the Thomasine Church’s cohesion. clergy will take no canonical vows of obedience to the person of the Eparch. for the purposes of Canon Law. and assuming that obedience to the wishes of an Eparch will be voluntary because of the respect for his/her office. shall be considered to be in good standing for the purposes of Canon Law when he shall not be under suspension from office or under inhibition from the exercise of clergical functions. Canon 20 – Good Standing – A member of the clergy. Canon 22 – Removal of Clergy – It is the right of a congregation or community to pass a resolution temporarily or permanently seeking the removal of any of her clergy. Marriage may take place either before or after entry into the Royal Priesthood. Canon 21 – Marital Status of Clergy . whose conduct has proven to be scandalous to the congregation or community. whether on the Active list or Inactive list. and not from coercion. such resolution being by a . and out of love for the omophor (auspices/jurisdiction). Canon 19 – Transfer to the Inactive List – Any member of the clergy may be transferred voluntarily or with his consent to the Inactive List. as being on the active list.Clergy.

in concert with their Magisteries. and then to the Patriarch. and a general financial statement for the preceding quarter.two-thirds vote of the membership. or Deacons leading congregations or communities shall. but The Thomasine Church shall not be identified with any particular movement or party.The designation of Active Member shall be determined either according to the rules of a local congregation or community. Canon 27 – Correspondence – All Exarchs. whose judgement shall be absolute. special programs or activities such as community service. or any other conflict sufficent to hamper proper function and good order. Canon 28 – Changing Congregations or Communities – Members of a congregations or community shall be free to transfer from one to another providing they fulfill the membership requirements of the congregation or community to which they wish to transfer. which may increase their spiritual awareness and knowledge. after discussion with all parties. make regular quarterly reports to the Office of the Patriarch. Said reports shall include membership statistics. the average number in attendance at services. as to the status and condition of the congregation or community. No congregation or community shall be obliged to accept an individual for membership solely on the basis of membership in The Thomasine Church or previous membership in a congregation or community. Canon 25 – Removal of Members – A congregation shall have the right to remove a member whose conduct has proven to be scandalous to the congregation or community. Forms will be made available by the Office of the Patriarch to facilitate the reports. Both the members and the cleric in question have the right of appeal to the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light. the Tribunal shall issue a decision to ratify or reject the resolution of the members. et cetera. Canon 26 – Participation in Other Organizations – Members of The Thomasine Church shall be free to participate in or be members of other spiritual or mystical activities or organizations. The Patriarch shall be informed of the action and shall appoint a Tribunal to investigate the matter.Apolytosis. Sphragis and Admission to a congregation or community will qualify for membership. Members shall be free to be active in political or social movements. Canon 24 – Definition of Active Members . with the right of appeal to the Eparch. Eparchs. whose judgement is absolute. Presbyters. Canon 23 – Membership in Cogregations & Communities . This decision shall be made by the congregation or community members according to their own regulations. Such local membership will be in accordance with the terms specified by the local rules and may be terminated. or otherwise by membership in said congregation or community together with regular attendance at services and functions during the preceding three months. which designation shall be detrimined by Canon Twenty-Fifth. . or otherwise by a two-thirds vote of Active Members. who has been found guilty of criminal action or malfeasance. which are for the betterment of human and/or animal life.

If the Sanctuary is also used for other purposes. they are effectual channels of the Divine energy which when received with the proper intension. Therefore The Thomasine Church seeks to assure the validity of the Mysterion by requiring of the minister strict adherence to the words and rubrics of every rite. Only those mystagogical rites which have been approved by the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light under the Seal of the Patriarch may be used in the congregations and communities of the Thomasine Church. the Sanctuary may be blessed and dedicated. a service of deconsecration must be held. unless written permission is granted by the Patriarch to. Where such use is for a shorter term. Canon 33 – Mystagogical Rites – The Thomasine Church. Canon 34 – Greater Mysterion – The Thomasine Church holds the Greater Mysteries to be five in number. will be used for many years to come for the Services of The Thomasine Church and for no other purposes. gnostic or illuminist personage. the Patriarch must be informed of the chosen name. such as a conference room rented for a secular or religious organization. Before a Sanctuary or Temple can be publicly dedicated. it may not be consecrated. Canon 31 – Consecration of Sanctuaries – Sanctuaries or Temples which. the Lietourgia. in which a congregation or community conducts her worship and ritual. out of necessity. In addition. but not consecrated. ministers of the Mysteries shall unfailingly assure that the basic elements of each Mystery are as set forth in the Canons which follow. These Rites are not merely symbolic actions. Before disposing of consecrated property. dedicated or blessed. Canon 30 – Sanctuaries – The terms “Sanctuary” or “Temple” shall be used to designate the physical structure. as far as can be forseen. temporarily use the rites of another jurisdiction possessing Apostolic Succession. the . Canon 32 – Use of Consecrated Sanctuaries – A duly consecrated and dedicated Sanctuary or Temple shall not be used for any service or meeting other than for the celebration of the Greater and Lesser Mysteries of The Thomasine Church or for private or group prayer and meditation. he will then issue a Tomos establishing the Sanctuary or Temple and naming her priest. or area within a physical structure. Rather. namely: Apolytrosis. Sanctuaries or Temples may be dedicated to a beatitude. administers the Mystical Teachings and Rites in their most ancient forms. such ceremonies being performed by the Eparch. may be consecrated and dedicated.Canon 29 – Ownership of Property – Each congregation or community may own real property provided that it is legally incorporated in it’s State of residence and that the property is owned in the name of the corporation and not by any private party or other organization of any type. in adherence to the earliest Illuminist traditions. are instrumental in progressive connectivity from the Light of Truth to the human consciousness. said ceremonies being performed by the Eparch. Sphragis.

Bread and wine is offered. split a piece of wood and I am there” (77th Logion Gosp.The Thomasine Church recognizes 3 traditional Orders. and anointing with Holy Myron. Presbyter. Presbyters. and Eparchs. of Thom. and Holy Order of the Royal Priesthood. This is the mystery of the Light of Truth present within us and the rememberance of the historical Jesus and his Teachings by a simple symbolic meal. The Sphragis may be administered conditionally in cases of doubt. consecration of the water. but the performance of this Mystery may be delegated to a Presbyter by the Patriarch. The usual minister of Baptism is a Eparch. or a Deacon. The Apolytrosis may be administered conditionally in cases of doubt. ministers of the Mystery shall not divulge to anyone.Nymphôn. Canon 37 – Mystery of the Leitourgia – Liturgy – Leitourgia means “the work of the people. The Thomasine Church requires for canonical licitly the administration of blessed salt. context or subject matter of any information revealed during its administration. use an accepted . substance.) Canon 38 – Mystery of Nymphôn – Bridal Chamber the essential elements are the intention of the minister. yet only those of Diaconate. which is an office attached to the Diaconate. that the initiate is absolved of their past sins. when no Eparch is available within a reasonable amount of time. As The Thomasine Church considers this Seal to be eternal and inviolable. The essential elements of this Mystery consist of a purposeful desire of the minister to admit the candidate to a specific Order in the Thomasine Church. All Orders are viewed as confirming and conferring authority of varying degrees.” The work of the Thomasine Initiate is to become enlightened. The essential elements necessary for the validity of each Mystery are enumerated below. the content. Canon 35 – Mystery of Liberation – Apolytrosis – The essential elements are the intention of the minister to administer the Apolytrosis ablution of the Catechumen with water while pronouncing the acceptable Thomasine formula. The Orders consist of Deacons. be resolved of all dichotomies. and therefore should not be entered into lightly. the imposition of hands. The ordinary minister of the Sphragis is a Eparch . Canon 36 – Mystery of the Seal .Sphragis .The essential elements are the intention of the minister to administer the Sphragis. The Thomasine Church also utilizes a special office of Exorcist. Presbyterate and Episcopate are considered to confer ecclesiastical authority “to be irrevocably set apart for the service of Christ”. Only a Eparch may administer the Nymphôn. in whole or in part. and pronouncing a suitable formula of reintegration by the minister. In addition to the essential elements. the speaking of words indicating the sealing of the Candidate. We can fully discern and experience the fullness of this Mystery by what the Living Jesus said “Lift the stone and you will find me. Canon 39 – Mystery of the Priesthood .

Any questions as to the appropriateness of a vessel should be directed to the Eparch or the Office of the Patriarch. silver. Canon 44 – Sacred Vessels – Sacred Vessels must be consecrated by the Eparch before use. oil lamps. Antimensions (altar cloth) which are consecrated. people or places. ceramic or natural crystal. Canon 43 – Vestments . In Sanctuaries. including the statement of intention to admit to the particular Order and office and the imposition of hands. the foundation of chivalric orders. require a Presbyter or Eparch to administer. Altars are blessed. namely the . They must be gold. is done. Canon 45 – Episcopal Regalia – For the purpose of Canon Law. which are consecrated. gild.formula for praying over the candidate. a statement by the minister that the candidate is receiving the Holy Spirit for the execution of the duties of the Order to which he is being ordained. and only those rites which have been approved by the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light under the Seal of the Patriarch may be used. samples of which may be obtained from the Office of the Patriarch. Presbyterate and Episcopate is required an invocation of the Holy Spirit and with the imposition of hands. rituals of exorcism and rituals of admission to a community. Canon 42 – Altar. and should follow traditional designs.The Thomasine Church authorizes the use of only the Thomasine Rite for the celebration of the Leitourgia. Canon 41 – Liturgical Rite . signed and sealed by the Patriarch shall be used. or preferably. by the congregation or community and remain the property of the purchaser. These may included. Vestments may be purchased by individuals. Episcopal Regalia refers to those items which are consecrated during the consecration ceremony. Appropriate frontals are approved and may be seasonally changed or remain static throughout the year. Canon 40 – Lesser Mysterion – For the purpose of Canon Law. for the Orders of Presbyter and Eparch. each Presbyter and Eparch possessing his own. Antimension and the Holy Place – Only square (cubic) altars may be used. but are not limited to: blessings and consecrations of objects.Vestments shall be patterned after traditional designs. which. Altars shall be covered with at least one linen cloth. In addition. there shall be an opaque curtain and a sheer veil separating the Holy Place from the prothesis. It must be possible to clearly see the altar through the veil. Ikons shall adorn the walls of the Holy Place. extending the length and breath of the Mensa (altar). Tapers. anointing with the Oil of Catechumens and with Holy Myron respectively. flowers and a Thomasine cross may adorn the altar. although not the five traditional Thomasine Greater Mysterion enumerated above. the Lesser Mysterion are defined as those rites of the Thomasine Church. Only those Lesser Mysterion authorized by the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light under the Seal of the Patriarch may be used. For the Orders of the Diaconate. but not consecrated. Vestments must be blessed prior to their first use.

This fund supports the work of the Office of the Patriarch. Canon 48 – Committees – Committees. who may grant a partial dispensation. If compliance with this Canon should be the cause of serious financial deprivation of any congregation or community. by any means. B). Regalia shall be purchased or received in donation by the congregation or community. such should be brought to the attention of the Patriarch. D). and shall incluye any defense presented in correlation to the facts of the case. both to the secular authority. C). It is highly desirable that this regalia be passed from an Eparch to his successor. may be appointed by the Patriarch. which incluyes publishing. mitre. which shall retain ownership. the police or the media. the Areopagus. as often as there is new evidence available on which to try the case. Tribunals may try any case. The tribunal detrimine a verdict. or elected by the Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light. ring. or if the marriage would be held as illegal or illicit according to prevailing secular laws. the Patriarch shall appoint a Tribunal of at least three clerics to hear charges against a member of the clergy.pastoral staff. Canon 47 – Tribunals – In questions of discipline. Canon 46 – Marriage of Divorced Persons – The Thomasine Church does not see any sufficent reason for refusing to marry divorced persons unless overriding moral implications make this outside of the purpose of Thomasine marriage. There is right of appeal to the House of Eparchs and to the Patriarch. in harmony with the Areopagus to publish any about any crime that it encounters in the course of investigation. . or by House of Eparchs as deemed appropriate. pectoral cross. Canon 50 – Fraternal Relationships – The Thomasine Church may from time to time enter into fraternal relationships. In the matter of Tribunals. whereas we may formally agree on the language of . suspension and expulsion. when presented with serious concerns for the health and welfare of a member of The Thomasine Church or of a member of the public may choose under the authority and with the consent of the Patriarch. for any purpose. who is a defendant in any action of a Tribunal of The Thomasine Church shall be suspended from ministerial duty until such time as a Tribunal may find them innocent of wrongdoing. A). advertisment and teaching. Appeal to the House of Eparchs or to the Office of the Patriarch shall be in writing. or any combination of the three. Cases in question may be decided by each Eparch. then be dissolved. and blessing cross. A Tribunal. censure. Committees shall consist of at least three persons. There shall be no limit set to how many Tribunals may be appointed to investigate and try any particular case. E). for any reason. Tribunals shall be commisioned by the Office of the Patriarch to hear all cases regarding the behavior of any member or group of members of The Thomasine Church for any length of time. A cleric or monastic. the House of Eparchs shall hold precedence in detrimining remedy. for use by their Eparch. Canon 49 – Administration Fund – All congregations and communities shall contribute a tithe (10%) of their monthly income to the Administration Fund of the Thomasine Church.

b) Capable of sensibly rendering into words the philosophy of the Church. all parties must agree not to pursue the matter or make appeal to any secular judicary organization. the clergy and laity are welcomed to share completly the Holy Sacraments. communities or any other body of the Thomasine Church.a particular frasorital agreement as deemed prudent by a majority vote of the Areopagus. for the common good of all members to share and share alike. Canon 51 – Mediation of Disputes – All disputes that exist between clergy. . whether by members or no. laity. Canon 54 – Guidelines for Discernment of Candidates to Holy Orders – Deacons a) Practice and show complete competence in assisting the Priest at the Leitourgia. The Vision Statement of the Master Jesus: Daily application of the principles of personal growth for the individual as revealed and exemplified by the Wise. The Mission Statement of the Master Jesus: The process of the advancement of humanity first and foremost beginning with the self. to the end that the mission of the Thomasine Church – the mission of the Master Jesus. given to. congregations. whether before or after remedy is recieved. shall first be brought before the courts of the Exarch. c) Be able to teach basic Thomasine doctrines to others. and it is not for anyone to put a price on or ask money for the performance of Illuminating Gifts. while concurrently assisting others as able. A minister of the Thomasine Church may request that his or her travel costs to and from the place where the Sacrament is to be performed be reimbursed. and the role of the clergy. and in conducting public study groups and meditation. concelebrating in full with the clergy of the other jursdiction or organization in question. Canon 53 – Free Nature of the Sacraments – No charge may be applied to or associated with the administration of any Sacrament performed by any member of the Thomasine Church. or that the Administration Fund cover costs not specifically related to the administration of the Sacrament. Canon 52 – Real Property – Should any real property. and be able to give an explanation of the authority of those clergy. or other body. and only if through such an agreement. or bequeathed to the ownership of the Thomasine Church. The Mysteries are a gift. such property shall be placed in the name of the Thomasine Church. might be bettered served. and held in a Living Trust. for any cause be donated.

f) Show attendance and participation at events sponsored by the Thomasine Church. He must be knowledgeable of the role of her clergy and be able to give an explanation of what the authority of those clergy is. h) Demonstrate a reasonable ability to conduct one’s own affairs and household in a respectable. e) Demonstrate a comfort and willingness in wearing clerical garb. thoughtful. and to care for oneself without depending on others for help. and know the name and purpose of each garment. specifically the ability to teach such techniques to others.d) Show knowledge of beneficial healing techniques. Presbyters a) First having been ordained as a Deacon no less than one year before said application to the Royal Priesthood by an Eparch in Apostolic ministry. specifically the ability to teach such techniques to others. e) Demonstrate knowledge of beneficial prayer and healing techniques. b) Possess a strong knowledge of theology and the philosophy of other spiritual traditions as well as those of the Thomasine Church. j) Succesfully demonstrate the ability to attend any scheduled meetings with mentors or other members. and beneficial manner. both in public and private. both in public and private and know the name and purpose of each garment. f) Show attendance and participation at events sponsored by The Thomasine Church to which he or she is assigned as Priest. and an Affidavit on Abuse. kind and beneficial manner and to care for oneself without depending on others for help. g) Show reasonable care and proficiency in counseling those who are in need. thoughtful. h) Demonstrate a reasonable ability to conduct one’s own affairs and household in a respectable. . i) Have signed and completed an Application to Holy Orders. kind. d) Demonstrate a comfort and willingness in wearing clerical garb. c) Be capable of teaching Illuminist doctrines and history to others. g) Show reasonable care and proficiency to those who are in need.

. k) Already be assigned to the service of a Community or Congregation within The Thomasine Church for a time of no less than six months. and has been found to have violated such by a Tribunal assigned to make such detrimination by the Patriarch. b) The Synod of the Sanctuary of the Light. and forethought in all things. community or congregation shall revert. view and values. and conduct oneself with great measure. Canon 55 – Schism – An order. establish a protocol for discernment of episcopal candidates. and shall become the proerty of The Thomasine Church should the community or congregation to which they were donated fall into Schism or be dissolved. or congregation in relation to the rules set forth in the Constitution and Canon Law and have provided said order. which shall function in harmony with those established by the Patriarch. may. j) Have signed and completed the Application to Holy Orders. or congregation shall be declared to be in a state of schism from The Thomasine Church when one or more members of the order. Canon 56 – Confidentiality . Episcopal a) Guidelines for episcopal discernment shall encompass all of the guidelines laid out for the other two orders of Presbyter and Deacon. Wherever a schism of an order. or Areopagus. without delay. congregation. l) Succesfully demonstrate the ability to attend any scheduled meetings with mentors or other members.The confidentiality of members as well as other people seeking the wisdom and the services of The Thomasine Church shall be respected at all times. to the use and ownership of the Office of the Patriarch. community. and the Affidavit on abuse. community.i) Show a tolerance for all people. community or congregation that the Curia shall be appointed to make discovery as to the condition of that order. if it should so choose. kindness. or community with reasonable time and ability to correct the violation’s. the Patriarch shall have already notified a member of the Clergy or any well known and active member of the order. but shall also include others which shall be determined by the Patriarch on a case by case basis. community or congregation from The Thomasine Church shall occur. the real property of the said order. Canon 57 – Donations – Donations of personal property to communities and congregations shall remain the property of the community or congregation to which they were donated. At the time of appointing the Tribunal. congregation or community has violated any rule set forth in the Constitution and/or the Canons of the Thomasine Church.

a report of the gross worth of donations received throughout the preceding year. unless otherwise directed by need. or may remain in possession of the jurisdiction of the Thomasine Church. to those who can most benefit by them. or to any community or congregation of the Thomasine Church. and shall be given to the person making the donation.When donations of personal property are made to the Thomasine Church. The Office of the Treasurer. and may be conditionally delegated to one or the other of the various communities. from the community or congregation in which they are generated. Personal property is considered to have specific value. and to the office of the Treasurer of the Thomasine Church. The Treasurer of The Thomasine Church shall publish annually. The receipts themselves may be destroyed after 10 (ten) years. and by each community and congregation shall keep a record of all receipts of donations. at a time to coincide with a scheduled meeting of the Areopagus. . and to what use said donations were given. the poor and the oppressed. those who benefit from such gifts need not be members of the Thomasine Church. or of any affiliate the only requirement is that they must have need of the items donated. Cash donations made to The Thomasine Church shall include all those donations made in legal tender and shall be placed in the Administration Fund. A receipt shall be generated in triplicate for all donations made to the Thomasine Church. Anonymous cash donations are to be marked as “offering” in the catalogue of receipts. All communities of The Thomasine Church are under obligation to re-donate all household and utilitarian items. they are the property of The Thomasine Church as a whole. whose lives would be actively improved from them.