The Holy Order To
Become More Public?
NCW 26, December 1995
Q. Various signs indicate that the Holy Order is becoming progressively more public. Is this correct? And if so, why? And is it true that the Order has been reorganised? If so, how?
The Holy Order is an esoteric order and does not therefore conduct its activities in public. It is, however, releasing much of its instructional material for publication to the local Assemblies. It is at present publishing almost its entire series of lectures for young temple candidates called "The Ten Commandments" as the Patriarchate felt it would be of great benefit to the world and ought not to be restricted to temple-goers.
Yes, the Holy Order is being completely reorganised. It was reorganised once before, about 5 years ago and changed beyond almost all recognition. The same thing is happening now. The main moving force is the wish to simplify and to make the temple keys more accessible to those unable to travel to it because of geographical isolation. Therefore a Temple School has been established in the local Assemblies which covers most of the educational material before candidates journey to the temple to enter their covenants or do so locally instead.
We also wish sincere investigators to know more of what happens in the House of Yahweh before they come to it so that they can be better prepared spiritually. As a result, most of the covenants entered into by Holy Order candidates will be published in advance to give them greater opportunity to weigh the pros and cons of entering into such covenants before they make their final commitments. Covenant-making, as you probably know, lies at the very heart of this Community.
Finally, it is the desire of the Patriarchate to devote more temple time for worship, prayer and meditation. It should be understood that the temple is really just a NCAY meeting house devoted to more intense spiritual activity but restricted to committed believers where the world and its spirit cannot intrude.
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