Online Ordination – Is It Real?

Based on Second Timothy 1:6-8,13-14

In today’s world it seems easy for people who do not have a true calling to get ordained via the internet, or by email. Merely filling in a form or sending an email is not the way this should be done. When God calls us into service, He is calling our hearts, our minds and our whole selves to serve him and his earthly children to his Glory. We are shepherds to God’s people, guiding them to have a full and loving  true relationship with the Father and to teach them His true Holy word so that they may enter into his Eternal kingdom. Ordination is very serious and not something that should be entered into for earthly reasons, but to answer God’s call. Ordination is a blessing from God our Father, and when we are ordained by the Laying on of hands as in Apostolic Succession, We are receiving the precious gift of the Holy Spirit which fills our being, our souls and sanctifies our service to God. To be ordained without  Apostolic succession, means the person is not receiving the gift, blessing, filling, and sanctification of our service to God by The Holy Spirit.

It tells us quite clearly about this in second Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14 as it says…

6 That is why I am reminding you now to fan into a flame the gift of God that you possess through the laying on of my hands.
7 God did not give us a Spirit of timidity, but the Spirit of power and love and self-control.
8 So you are never to be ashamed of witnessing to our Lord, or ashamed of me for being his prisoner; but share in my hardships for the sake of the gospel, relying on the power of God
13 Keep as your pattern the sound teaching you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
14 With the help of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, look after that precious thing given in trust.

We are given the gift and blessing of The Holy Spirit through Apostolic succession and the laying on of hands in trust and this trust is a wondrous blessing that must never be belittled. But to be in a place of personal readiness to receive this wonderful blessing of God through the Holy Spirit, we first need formation and to learn all about the word God teaches us so that we are truly readied to take on this wonderful, trusted and vital role in being God’s voice in the world and to his people. Without receiving the Gift of God through the Holy Spirit by ordination by Apostolic Succession/laying on of hands and receiving the true formation of God’s Holy word and teachings, we cannot even begin to do God’s work on the earth. Simply filling in forms online and/or sending emails to gain ordination offers little if any training at all about the importance of serving the Lord and I feel is damaging to the work for God that he has called us to undertake on his behalf until he returns again in Glory.

Have a blessed day everyone, God Bless each and every one of you…..

  • john hus

    who says it is not real the pedophile clergy who chase the boys around the sacrasity after mass on sunday or the liberal left wing women who wear a collar and think they are called by god just because they get a college education and attend some left wing seminary that makes them really ordained

  • Brenda Eckels Burrows

    To me, the single biggest problem with online ordinations is precisely that the human touch is missing. I think sometimes it is easy to forget how much Jesus incorporated the sense of touch into his ministry, and that aspect of the physical laying on of hands provides such a unique sense of the sacredness of becoming ordained. Without it, online ordination is as lacking in spiritual nourishment as watching mass on TV is when compared to actually receiving the Holy Eucharist.

    We Catholics are sensual – or sense-filled – people. It is our total craving to seek all the enveloping experience of sensing the divine with vision, hearing, touch, smell, taste…all at once and all individually captured, that makes us Cathoilic. Can one be fully satified and endowed with the ability to be clergy spiritually, emotionally, physically, and mentally with an online ordination? Perhaps in some denominartions and traditions, but in the end, it just isn’t Catholic.