Candidates for Ordination study in the seven subject areas listed below. Priesthood studies are more advanced than those for the Diaconate and require the foundation developed in the Diaconate curriculum.
When a person is accepted into studies, he/she signs and returns the Home Temple Code of Ethics. The new Postulant for Ordination receives study materials including a certificate to operate as a Subdeacon of the Home Temple authorizing use of Pre-Consecrated Elements for private operation and practice of the Sacred Eucharist as a "Deacon's Mass," an ancient tradition recorded in the Book of the Acts and practiced from the time of the first-century churches at Rome. When the Candidate is Ordained to the Diaconate, he/she continues to operate with Pre-Consecrated Hosts (only an Apostolic Priest/ess can Consecrate Hosts), but is now authorized to offer the Eucharistic Mass publicly. When finally the Candidate is Ordained to the Priesthood, he/she is fully empowered for independent sacramental ministry (see PROGRAM).
Those who have already received independent
Apostolic Ordination or a denominational seminary education will be received as Home Templar Ordinands upon reception of appropriate letters of reference and Letters Dimissory
from the previous Bishop (if possible), and upon completion of a special course of studies
(FAST TRACK--SEE PROGRAM) designed to make up deficiencies in previous education.
Jesus Studies: Teachings, practices, and concepts of Mar Yeshua (Master Jesus) in Aramaic language and historical context; The Galilean background of Jesus; prophetic, rabbinic, and wisdom schools reflected in the Teachings of Jesus; medieval Jewish Kabbalistic and Chasidic schools transmitting the Teachings, practices, and concepts used by Jesus; Shroud of Turin studies.
History: Origins and Development of Ancient Hebrew Religion; Israel, Judah, and the Prophetic Schools; Second Temple Judaism; Origins of Rabbinic Judaism and Christianity; Medieval and Modern Jewish and Christian History; Origin and History of Women's Ordination, Independent Episcopate, and the Home Temple Movement.
Scripture: Old Testament (Pentateuch, Prophets, Writings); Intertestamental Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha; New Testament; New Testament Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, including Dead Sea Scrolls and Nag Hammadi Coptic Gnostic Tractates; relevant medieval and modern spiritual literature.
Liturgics: Comparative world shamanism and priesthood; history of Jewish and Christian liturgics; modern liturgical reform; applied liturgics; harmonic chanting and use of voice; liturgical symbolism; the Home Temple and altar; history and development of prayer; incense, fragrance, color, candles, elements, voice, and mudra in liturgy.
Mind-Body Temple: Emotional and psychological health; self-healing and physical wellness; counseling and leadership skills; nutrition and exercise; contemplation, self-evaluation, and self-transformation; access and development of the "inner still point;" use of fragrances and essential oils.
Religious Tradition and Ritual: Use of the Sacramentary and Sacraments for the EUCHARISTIC LITURGIES, which are are the Liturgy of the Chalice (Eucharist, Communion, or "Mass") and the Shabbat Seder; and LIFE-CYCLE RITUALS, which are the Wedding; Funeral; Kabbalistic mikveh, purifications, and chrismation for healing, exorcism, grief, and other life-crises or transitions; Pesach or Passover; and Pascha or Easter.
Integrative Spiritual Practice: Six-Month Spiritual Journal (Diaconate); Temple meditation practice; The Vigil of Jesus; the Kabbalistic Psalm recitations of Jesus; The Master's Prayer and the prayer techniques of Jesus; introduction to Kabbalistic prayer, development of harmonic chanting technique, theurgical healing, exorcism, purity practices, and other Home Temple practices; applying the Teachings of Jesus for individual and social evolution.
Access the online Diaconate Program by going to: http://www.wisdomseminars.org/Catalogue.html
Scroll down to the SCHOOL OF SACRED STUDIES. Click. This will bring up the very simple access page for Diaconate and Priesthood Studies.
Click on The Diaconate Studies and type in the password.
DIACONATE MODULE MATERIALS:
Introduction and Instructions for Ordination Studies (Java)
The Diaconate Handbook (110 Pages Download)
The Authentic Jesus Textbook (167 Pages Download)
Audio Lectures (10 Hours) in Biblical Literature and History with and Video Demonstrations in Liturgics and Mind-Body Practices (4 Hours)
Yeshua: The Unknown Jesus Wisdom Seminars (11 Hours Multimedia Lecture-Presentation; Exegetical Paper Required, Submitted When Ready in Fulfillment of Jesus Studies Curriculum)
Part One of The Lost Pre-Christian Teachings of Yeshua Seminar (4 Hours Multimedia Lecture-Presentation)
Spiritual Journal (Daily Observations for Morning Meditation and Evening Contemplation, Submitted at End of Six Months)
About Jesus and Questions About the Bible (Submitted When
Ready in Fulfillment of Biblical Studies Curriculum)
Required Purchases for Biblical Studies Curriculum:
The New Testament, Bart Ehrman; The Religion of Israel, William Doorly
New English Bible, Revised Standard Version, or other latest translation supported by many denominations (New English Bible includes Apocrypha); The Other Bible edited by Barnstone (includes selections from Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, New Testament Apocrypha, Dead Sea Scrolls, and Nag Hammadi Coptic Gnostic Library)
Priesthood Handbook (77 Pages Download)
Keys of the Master Textbook (51 Pages Download)
Audio Lectures (12 Hours) in Biblical Literature and History, Shroud of Turin Studies, with Video Demonstrations in Liturgics and Mind-Body Practices
Sacramentary (91 Pages Download)
(Includes Latin translations parallel to Spanish translations for Home Temple Kabbalistic Mass and THG Liturgy of the Holy Grail)
The Gospel of Jesus Christ: The Simple Word of the Master Jesus Lectionary Readings (Download)
The Yeshua Seminar at http://wisdomseminars.org/YS_Syllabus.html (Requires Five-Page Reflection Paper Submitted When Ready in Fulfillment of Jesus Studies Curriculum)
Part Two of The Lost Pre-Christian Teachings of Yeshua Seminar (4 Hours Multimedia Lecture-Presentation)
is also highly recommended, but not required, that a student
purchase and read Bishop Keizer's historical novel
Yeshua: The Unknown Jesus, to prepare for the
1. Publications of the Wisdom Seminars on topics of interest (see http://www.wisdomseminars.org/Catalogue.html).
2. Since Priests nominated by their Bishop for elevation to the Episcopate must have completed the First Order Wesak Initiation, Empowerments, and studies for T:.H:.G:. (see THG), it is strongly recommended that THG work be commenced as soon as possible after acceptance for Ordination studies, since a minimum of thirteen months, beginning at Wesak (usually May) is required for completion of First Order.