To all whom it may concern,
Yes, our church does have women priests. Is there a problem with that? Why could there not be women priests? Virgin Mary and Mary of Magdala were the first ones there at the Ressurection. Are we still going to let sex, race, or past religions change our relationship with God? There is neither Male or Female in the spirit. As long as we have a authentic and genuine love for God and making disciples of his people, then why not? Women should not be seperated from men. We are all God's servants, and we should all have an equal opportunity to serve him and serve his people. And yes, we are a Orthodox Church. By you all gossiping about other churches, you give Christianity a bad name and only cause division. I only feel sorry for you.
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Regarding women priests, the short answer is yes, there is a problem with that. It is true that Mary Magdalene was the first to behold the Resurrection of Christ. It is also true that she was the first to preach it to the disciples. However, preaching is one thing and the priesthood is an entirely different thing. After crying out "Rabboni", Mary reached out to touch Christ. But what did He tell her... "Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father..." (John 20:17). However, a week later, Thomas did touch Christ, he touched the Lord's hand's and side, and yet, Christ still
hadn't ascended to heaven yet! Why? Is it because our Lord is sexist?! Perish the thought. Likewise, in the Old Testament, all priests were men, i.e. the priesthood was reserved for men. And not just any men either. Perhaps you're thinking, "But that is the Old Testament, we don't go by that anymore". Wrong again. Christ Himself said, "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law of the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill." (Matthew 5:17). As you can see, this applies to the priesthood as well (which arose from the Law).
Priesthood entails distributing the Body and Blood of Christ during the Sacrament of Communion. Now, if Christ did not allow Mary Magdalene to touch Him after His Resurrection, how much more can women not touch His Blessed Body and Blood offered during Communion. It is the very same Body and Blood that Christ forbade Mary to touch. In the Church, everyone has a role. The role of some men is to be priests, others are deacons, and others are content to remain as laymen. Likewise, there are roles in the Church for women. The priesthood is not one of them however. Bear in mind, this is not because women are somehow inferior. One need only read Genesis and the creation of Man and Woman to realize that this is not the case. But again, there are roles, set out by Christ Himself, and passed down by the Apostles and the Church Fathers.
Pray for me.