Presbyteral Ministry in the Church of England

Presbyteral Ministry in the Church of England Presbyteral Ministry in the Church of England 43 Presbyteral Ministry in the Church of England PETER FISHER [ECCL 1.2 (2005) 43–55] ISSN 1744 –1366 ABSTRACT The Church of England’s Ordination rites of the sixteenth and twentieth centuries are presented and interpreted as primary sources for the understanding of Priestly/presbyteral ministry in the Church of England today. These texts are supplemented by reference to other ‘official’ sources and to some classic nineteenth-century and more recent discussions. The article concludes with a definition of ministerial priesthood as a ‘sacred office’. T his paper offers an account of how the Church of England understands the ministry of presbyters . Imagine a comparable task: to outline how the British Labour Party understands public ownership. It is not an unreasonable thing to ask for; a political party hardly seems to deserve the title ‘Party’ if it cannot represent a consistent view on such an issue. But we recognize that the account will have to be quite subtle. It will not be enough to give a synoptic view of (a) the formal and public declarations of the Party on the subject; these will need to be balanced with some survey of (b) the less http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ecclesiology Brill

Presbyteral Ministry in the Church of England

Ecclesiology, Volume 1 (2): 43 – Jan 1, 2005

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Brill
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© 2005 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1744-1366
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1745-5316
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10.1177/1744136605051886
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Presbyteral Ministry in the Church of England 43 Presbyteral Ministry in the Church of England PETER FISHER [ECCL 1.2 (2005) 43–55] ISSN 1744 –1366 ABSTRACT The Church of England’s Ordination rites of the sixteenth and twentieth centuries are presented and interpreted as primary sources for the understanding of Priestly/presbyteral ministry in the Church of England today. These texts are supplemented by reference to other ‘official’ sources and to some classic nineteenth-century and more recent discussions. The article concludes with a definition of ministerial priesthood as a ‘sacred office’. T his paper offers an account of how the Church of England understands the ministry of presbyters . Imagine a comparable task: to outline how the British Labour Party understands public ownership. It is not an unreasonable thing to ask for; a political party hardly seems to deserve the title ‘Party’ if it cannot represent a consistent view on such an issue. But we recognize that the account will have to be quite subtle. It will not be enough to give a synoptic view of (a) the formal and public declarations of the Party on the subject; these will need to be balanced with some survey of (b) the less

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