Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica

Membership

Baptism

The public ceremony of baptism may be administered by any Priest or Priestess of E.G.C. under the direct or indirect supervision of a Bishop or Auxiliary Bishop.  The person baptized must be of at least 18 years of age, and need not be an Initiate member of O.T.O.  Baptism does not confer Lay Membership in E.G.C.

Confirmation

The public ceremony of confirmation may be administered by any Priest or Priestess of E.G.C. under the direct or indirect supervision of a Bishop or Auxiliary Bishop.  The person confirmed must have previously been baptized, must have committed the Creed to memory, show evidence of commitment to E.G.C. and need not be an Initiate member of O.T.O.  Two sponsors are required.  Confirmation confers Lay Membership in E.G.C.

Ordination to the Diaconate

Ordination to the Diaconate in E.G.C. may be performed by any Bishop or Auxiliary Bishop of E.G.C.; or in the absence of a Bishop or Auxiliary Bishop, by any Priest or Priestess of E.G.C. under the direct or indirect supervision of a Bishop or Auxiliary Bishop.

Recognition of sacerdotal authority within E.G.C.

All persons who attain to the degree of Knight/Dame of East and West of O.T.O. are, as part of their initiation, ordained as priests/priestesses of E.G.C.

A ceremony conveying recognition of sacerdotal authority within E.G.C. may be performed by any Bishop or Auxiliary Bishop of E.G.C.

Ordination (Consecration) to the Episcopate

All persons who attain to the Theoreticus Sub-degree of the VII° of O.T.O. are, as part of their initiation, consecrated Bishops of E.G.C.  Only the Primate and the Patriarch have the authority to consecrate Bishops within E.G.C.

Regardless of the putative validity of his or her apostolic succession, no person consecrated by any person other than the Primate or the Patriarch after 1st October 1991 e.v. is recognised as a Bishop of E.G.C.