The office of Deacon-Sacerdote in Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica was announced by the Grand Master Sabazius during his keynote address at NOTOCON in August 2019. This document clarifies policy concerning the office of Deacon-Sacerdote. This information applies to E.G.C. within U.S. Grand Lodge only.
For brevity and clarity, the following abbreviations are used in this document:
- Deacon-Sacerdote: DS
- Priest or Priestess: P/Ps
- Knight of East and West: KEW
The following new and modified policies apply to the office of DS within Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica and United States Grand Lodge:
- The office of DS is conferred automatically when a member attains both ordination as a Deacon and initiation as a KEW, in either order.
- There are no gender requirements associated with the office of DS.
- A DS may confer the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, marriage, and others with the authorization of their supervising Bishop, equivalently to an ordained P/Ps.
- At least one of the three principal officers (Priest, Priestess, Deacon) in a public celebration of the Gnostic Mass must be one of the following. (The Primate may grant developing areas temporary exemption from this requirement.)
- A Bishop.
- A clerical member under supervision of a Bishop with recognized status as an ordained P/Ps or as a DS.
These existing policies remain unchanged, but are included here for clarity:
- The Priest, Priestess and Deacon in a public celebration of the Gnostic Mass must each be one of the following.
- A Bishop.
- Ordained in the role in which they are serving, and under the supervision of a Bishop.
- A novice in the role in which they are serving, and authorized for such service by their supervising Bishop.
- Eligibility for status as a novice P/Ps, ordination to these offices, and service in these offices in a public celebration of the Gnostic Mass are all constrained as follows:
- Priest: Gender assigned as male at birth, or a transgender person identifying primarily as male.
- Priestess: Gender assigned as female at birth, or a transgender person identifying primarily as female https://admin.oto-usa.org/ds-policy