Or­ders of min­istry

The Church of England - - LETTERS -

Sir, Canon Cranston writes that the Spirit has led us to de­velop “the three or­ders of bishop, priest and dea­con” (Letters, 7 Fe­bru­ary). In fact, we have the “Or­der­ing of Priests and Dea­cons” [priest be­ing Old English for pres­byter - Cham­bers Dic­tio­nary] and, from within these two or­ders, the “Con­se­cra­tion of Arch­bish­ops and Bish­ops” (Ar­ti­cle XXXVI). So, then, we have the bi­b­li­cal two - not three.

The Rev JJ Frais,

Bexhill, East Sus­sex

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