Greetings Sisters and
Brothers, a shorter than usual newsletter this month as we have had a very
busy month indeed. +Graham became an Abbot, Aasia+ and Adora+ became
Priestesses within The Church of St Mary & St John who are also our
Sisters of the Inner Order, Avalon and Anise, who have been raised to
Amethyst and are now members of the Order of the Flaming Sword, and have
become Baroness Seneschals of our Great Order.
Our Sister Jade of the Inner Order has now been initiated fully into the
Order and has become an Azurite, a Lady Knight and a member of the Order
of the Divine Chalice.
Congratulations to all.
Many have asked why
do some of us have Crosses before or after our names, so I decided in this
months newsletter I will explain this.
On becoming a Priest/ess of
The Church of St Mary & St John Clergy are given a + after their name.
This is because Sub-Deacons and Deacons are also known as Reverend, so to
show someone is a Priest/ess when writing their name they have a Cross put
after it. This is a sign of respect for the Great Work they have done to
get that far, and to show they are entitled to perform the Celtic Gnostic
Mass, Marriages, Baptisms and various other Sacraments which are a real
When someone becomes a Right Reverend, which is an Abbot/Abbess or Bishop,
they get a Cross before their name, again to show how far they have come
on their path. So for instance, when Graham became a Priest his name was
Graham+ and then when he became an Abbot which is a Rt. Rev. he got the
Cross before his name, like so +Graham.
If someone has two Crosses before their name, like myself. It means they
are the Presiding Bishop. So my name can be written like so ++Tia. The
only other time someone would have two Crosses would be if they were a
Bishop and also the Bishop for the entire country they reside in. For
instance, if someone from the USA was to become a Bishop within our
Church, and we made them Bishop of the USA, they would also get two
When someone has three Crosses it means they are an Archbishop. They are a
Bishop, who is also a Presiding Bishop and has Consecrated at least one
other Bishop. So after +Graham's consecration in May, I will become
The whole Crosses thing is just a way of spotting quickly who is who
within the Church and their role. And as we are all primarily Brothers and
Sisters this is just a polite way of showing different levels of
attainment, without the need of fancy titles.
That is all for this month, I now hand over to +Graham, see I used the
Cross ;), who will tell us a little about himself. Next month we will be
learning more about Anastasia+.
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