Practice

THE PRACTICE OF THE HOLY ORDER

As established by the founder and enshrined by the fathers

The practice of the Eternal Sacred Order of the Cherubim and Seraphim is predicated on

 

1.      The Priesthood of the Believer

2.      The Practice of Holiness

3.      The Presence of the Holy Ghost

 

These three basic biblical precepts constitute the basis for the practice of the Holy Order 


1. The Priesthood of the Believer

 

The bible teaches that every born-again believer in Jesus Christ is a priest of the Most High God (Revelation 1:5-6). Therefore, all members of the Eternal Sacred Order of the Cherubim and Seraphim are priests and may be called upon at any time to perform religious rites and rituals appropriate for their age and gender (I Peter 2:9).

 

 a)      Our Members wear Garments

Priests are required to wear garments to minister in the priest's office (Exodus 28:1-5). Members are therefore required to be in their full ordination regalia to perform assigned duties during worship service and ceremonies.

 

Garments are clothes of service required for service in the holy place (Exodus 39:41). The simple white linen garments like those for the sons of Aaron are for the members while the sophisticated colored garments like those of Aaron the high priest are for the leading elders (Conference Officers) in the Holy Order.

 

b)      Our Members are ordained by Anointing

Priests are required to be anointed to consecrate and sanctify them for the priest’s office. Aaron and his sons were ordained by anointing (Exodus 28:40-43). The anointing puts the anointed under the divine influence of the Holy Ghost (I Samuel 16:13).

 

c)      We burn Incense

The burning of incense is commanded by God for worship and service (Exodus 30:1-8) in the holy place. It is an exclusive right and responsibility of the priests (Numbers 18:7). Levites that attempted to compete with the priests for this privileged task were buried alive (Numbers 16:1-33). King Uzziah was plagued with leprosy because he attempted to burn incense unto God (II Chronicles 26:16-20).

 

Born-again believers as priests have been endowed with the divine privilege to burn incense before God. The offer of incense unto the name of the Lord holds a particular promise for the Gentiles (Malachi 1:11) and the saints who choose not to burn incense will have their prayers mixed with incense for them on the golden altar before the throne in heaven (Revelation 8:3).

 

d)     Our Anointed Male and Female Members cover their heads

Priests that have been anointed are not allowed to uncover their heads (Leviticus 21:10). Anointed male and female members are required to cover their heads within the premises of the house of prayer. It is for this reason that anointed male members who are required to remove their ordination caps during confession in humility and reverence before God must have their head covered still with their round caps.

 

e)      Our Male Leaders and Elders carry rods known as Staffs

The staff carried by the male leaders and elders of the Holy Order represents spiritual authority as priests of the Most High God. Many Old Testament priests (Zechariah 11:4-14) and prophets (II King 4:29) carried staffs and the Apostles were commanded by the Lord Jesus to carry staffs (Mark 6:8).

 

f)       Our Male Members are forbidden from marrying divorced women

The Bible forbids priests from marrying divorced women (Leviticus 21:7). Priests are permitted to marry only the widows of other priests (Ezekiel 44:22).

 

g)      Our Members serve as priests till death

Priests are required to serve from the womb to the tomb. Unlike the Levites that serve from age 25 to 50 years (Numbers 8:23-25), Aaron and his sons were required to serve as priests from the womb to the tomb throughout their generations (Exodus 40:12-15). This is the reason elders in the Holy Order do not retire and Baba Aladuras serve till they die.



2. The Practice of Holiness

 

The bible teaches that holiness is a requirement for worship and service in the presence of God (Leviticus 20:7). God is a Holy God who wants to be worshiped by holy people in a holy place with holy things on holy days. Holiness is the setting of people, places and things apart for sacred use and service by keeping them pure and perfect.

 

a)      We worship and serve in holiness

Members of the Holy Order are required to adhere strictly to the biblical dictates for Christian living (Ephesians 5:1-5) and purify themselves by prayer and fasting prior to engaging in assigned priestly duties in the house of prayer, even the cleaning of the house of prayer is to be done with prayer and fasting (2 Chronicle 29:15).

 

b)      We worship in a holy place

The ground of the house of prayer is a holy ground. Shoes are not allowed on holy grounds (Joshua 5:15) and must be removed before entering the house of prayer. Couples must wash and wait till sunset after copulation to enter the house of prayer. Menstruating women must stay out of the premises of the house of prayer until the eighth day from the beginning of their menses (Leviticus 15:16-19). Dead bodies are not allowed in the house of prayer (Ezekiel 43:9). Alcohol is forbidden in and around the house of prayer (Leviticus 10:8-9). Smoking is forbidden in and around the house of prayer.

 

c)      We worship with holy things

Worship articles are utensils are required to be anointed and consecrated before they are used in worship service (Exodus 40:9). The consecration of worship articles and utensils in the Holy Order is by prayer of consecration with psalm 24.

 

d)     We worship on holy days

Every day is a holy day in the Holy Order (Romans 14:5). The week day worship activities are as important as the Sunday worship service in the Holy Order. The fourth commandment enjoins the believer to remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy (Exodus 20:8). Sabbath actually means “A Holy Convocation” (Leviticus 23:3) and the Sabbath day is therefore any day that is set apart for a holy convocation.

 

Contrary to popular opinion Sabbath does not refer to any specific day of the week but a gathering of the Children of God for worship and celebration known as a holy convocation in the Old Testament. It is a worship event like Christmas and can occur on any day of the week. As matter of fact Sabbath was sometimes commanded by God to occur on specific dates on the calendar (Leviticus 23:39) and as such cannot be expected to be restricted to any particular day of the week.



3. The Presence of the Holy Ghost

 

The Holy Ghost descended into the Church on the day of Pentecost (Acts2:1-4) and is imparted onto every baptized member of the Eternal Sacred Order of the Cherubim and Seraphim by the laying of hands during confirmation. The Holy Order requires and relies on the power and the presence of the Holy Ghost for the work of the ministry. It is this sole reliance on and complete deference to spiritual directions and instructions that make the Holy Order a spiritual (Pentecostal) church.

 

a)      We worship before an east facing altar

Worship in the Eternal Sacred Order of the Cherubim and Seraphim takes place before an east-facing altar in the invocated presence of the Most High God. The altar faces east in alignment with the placement of the Cherubim in the east of the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:24) and in conformity with the worship service and sacrificial offerings of the priests and the people in the prophetic Temple of Ezekiel (Ezekiel 46:1-3).

 

b)      We burn a representative number of candles on our altars

Burning lamps in the worship place are usually associated with the presence of the Holy Ghost (Revelation 4:5). The burning of candles in ones, threes, sevens and multiples of threes (Nine Candle Prayer) and sevens (Christmas Eve Service) on the altars symbolizes the presence of the only One God with Three Essence and Seven Spirits.

 

c)      We reverence the house of prayer

God demands reverence for his sanctuary (Leviticus 19:30). Members of the Holy Order are therefore expected to conduct themselves with utmost respect and reverence within the premises of the house of prayer.

 

Members are required to be still, silent and sober in the house of prayer. There can be no noisy conversations and crying babies must be pacified immediately or promptly removed from the house of prayer.

 

d)     We recognize and reverence the presence of the Holy Ghost in the House of Prayer

We minimize unnecessary movement during worship service and acknowledge the presence of the Holy Ghost by bowing before the altar when passing in front of the altar during worship service.

 

We pray facing the altar on our knees with our eyes closed and our heads bowed in recognition of the presence of the Holy Ghost (Psalm 95: 6). Elderly and disabled persons uncomfortable with kneeling may seat with their eyes closed and their heads bowed.

 

Our prayer sessions are very interactive and yet solemn. The use of psalms and Holy Names of God are common in prayer petitions and supplications. It is customary to recite or sing the Gloria at the end of psalms and bible portions during prayer sessions.

 

Members are required to say AMEN to every prayer petition and supplication, HOLY to affirm the holiness of the holy names when invoked during prayer and recite The Lord's Prayer at the conclusion of every prayer session.

 

Persons may not enter the house of prayer during prayer sessions and those leaving must do so quietly. Casual conversations are forbidden during prayer sessions.

 

e)      We worship in humility

Members of the Holy Order are required to conduct themselves with utmost humility during worship service (James 4:10). Ornaments and jewelry with the exception of ornaments of significance such as wedding and engagement rings must be removed before appearing before God in worship (Genesis 35:2-4). Garments must be complete and concealing. Body parts with the exception of the face, hands and feet may not be exposed within the house of prayer.

 

f)       We praise and adore the presence of the Holy Ghost

The shout of Sh'allelu is common during worship service and after some prayer sessions. Sh’allelu is an abbreviation for “Shout Hallelujah” in the Yoruba language. The appropriate response to this shout is to get up, throw your arms in the air and shout: HALLELUJAH, IYE, HOSANNA.

 

These shouts are patterned after the shout of the great multitude in Revelation 19:1. “Hallelujah” means “Praise the Lord” in Hebrew. “Iye” is the Yoruba word for “Life”. And Hosanna is the Hebrew word for “Save now”.

 

These shouts of joy are usually rendered in ones (1 s), threes (3s) or sevens (7s) and some multiples of 7 at the end of some prayer sessions and during thanksgiving. It is considered dishonoring and irreverent to the Holy Ghost to render these shouts in the sitting position.

 

g)      We probe members for the manifestations of the Gifts of the Holy Ghost

The progressive ordination of members in the Holy Order is predicated on the presence of the Holy Ghost in every believer (Ephesians 1:13). It prompts the members to probe themselves by practice through the ordination ranks for the presence of the gifts of the Holy Ghost (Ephesians 4:10-12).

 

The ordination ranks in the Holy Order are actually patterned after the Gifts of the Holy Ghost and the progressive ordination of members through the ordination ranks serves to probe the members for the specific gifts of the Holy Ghost (Romans 12:6-8).

 

Although the performance of the members varies from one ordination rank to another, the proficiency of performance is usually significantly enhanced when the ordination rank of a member matches the specific Gift of the Holy Ghost to the member. 

 

It is important to ensure that members have opportunities to perform the priestly duties for which they are so ordained in the House of Prayer because it is the performance of the duties of ordination ranks that reveals the specific Gift of the Holy Ghost to a member.