It is apparent from this that the Christian Faith is not only a teaching, but also a power. It is not only necessary to know but also to have power. It is not only necessary to be chosen by men but you should be confirmed by God. If power were not necessary for the priestly vocation, neither would the laying on of hands be necessary, but only the teaching from mouth to ear. The laying on of hands, therefore, signifies the transferring of authority and bringing down power on the chosen one…
There is no greater honor on earth, no greater responsibility than the calling of the priestly service.
– St. Nikolai Velimirovich
GreatMartyr Euphemia Academy prepares men for ordination to Holy Orders – deacons and priests. The purpose of our curriculum is to make accessible the basic foundation of formation and education online, and to complete the task of spiritual formation with on location study and praxis.
For the prospective deacon, 6-9 months of additional study, praxis, and formation are necessary for ordination. After that, a 7 day retreat is REQUIRED immediately following ordination.
For the prospective priest, 12-18 months of additional study, praxis, and formation are necessary for ordination. After that, a 40 day retreat is REQUIRED immediately following ordination.
In all cases, no matter how much is accomplished, there is not one guarantee for receiving the laying on of hand. Ordination is the sole prerogative of the hierarch.
Still, it is important to remember the old saying…
Necessity is the mother of ordination.
You can read more about our diaconal formation process HERE.