Scott, Are you a member of the Gnostic Johnannite church? I attended a Mormon church service in south Salt Lake (Utah)a few years ago where a preacher spoke from that church. He was visiting from Wisconsin or somewhere around there I think. Seemd like a nice fellow, large guy, dark hair and I think a beard. Ring any bells?
It almost describes one of our priests, the fellow I am thinking of however, was ordained by me and it was only in the last 2 years -none of our people have given talks in Utah that I know of- ever (and I'm the guy that keeps the records). A gentleman that I had corresponded with a few years ago spoke about a preacher that was talking Johannine / Johannite Christianity and was a member of a breakaway mormon sect. He inquired if this man was with us but he wasn't. I'd have to dig through years of old correspondence to fish out the name of the minister specifically though. + Mar Iohannes IVThe Apostolic Johannite Church
Thanks for the welcome and the link, Brother Scott.The Widow's SonThe Burning Taper
To answer your question, P_M, I am a member of the Apostolic Johannite Church (www.johannite.org) and am pursuing ordination under the guidance of Mar Iohannes.Unfortunately, I don't know the fellow you're talking about, but Wisconsin is big. I'll keep an eye out for him.
Mar Johannes, Is "mar" short for something? Is it like Metropolitian? You're the presiding Patriarch of your church, correct? Scott, That's cool. I nearly attended St. Tikhon's seminary in Penn. last year. Father Basil wanted me to be a priest, but I just couldn't accept all the dogma. I have a deep respect for priests, I regret that I myself never became one. Good luck.
P_M,Mar is Syriac for Master and is a prefix given to many Bishops in Eastern traditions. Our usage of the prefix extends from two primary reasons- To emphasize the Johannite tradition/mythos as being eastern in origin and to distinguish it from the many other Gnostic Churches which make use of Doinel's 'Tau' prefix from the French Gnostic Revival. A third and oft unmentioned reason is that we view our clergy, especially our Bishops, as teachers, guides and facilitators, rather than ecclesiastical 'princes' etc and the Mar, I would like to think, helps reflect this role. Thanks for your questions, I'll check out your blog in the days to come. + Mar IohannesYes, I serve as Patriarch of the AJC
Bishop, I look forward to any comments you may have. Especially for today's March 1st post. Jason
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