Were all three Holy Orders instituted by Jesus at the same time?


#1

If the Apostles were the first bishops and were instituted by Christ at the Last Supper, when were the first priests and deacons consecrated and who were they?.


#2

The first Deacons (Stephen, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolas) were chosen and ordained in the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 6.


#3

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The first Deacons (Stephen, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolas) were chosen and ordained in the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 6.

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Oh, yeah for some reason I forgot that. I did remember that Saint Stephen was the protodeacon.

Interesting though, doesn't this mean that Christ did not institute the Diaconate? But I thought Christ instituted all of the sacraments -- presumably that includes the diaconate.


#4

I would think that just as the church was institued by the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, that Holy Orders are also instituted by the same.


#5

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