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“Clement of Rome on Christian Ministry - Greek Text and English translation”
Chapters 40 - 42 and 44 of 1 Clement (with link to text and translation of the complete letter), describing Christian Ministry towards the end of the first century.
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40. These things therefore being manifest to us, and since we look into the
depths of the divine knowledge, it behoves us to do all things in [their proper]
order, which the Lord has commanded us to perform at stated times. He has
enjoined offerings [to be presented] and service to be performed [to Him], and
that not thoughtlessly or irregularly, but at the appointed times and hours.
Where and by whom He desires these things to be done, He Himself has fixed by
His own supreme will, in order that all things being piously done according to
His good pleasure, may be acceptable unto Him. Those, therefore, who present
their offerings at the appointed times, are accepted and blessed; for inasmuch
as they follow the laws of the Lord, they sin not. For his own peculiar services
are assigned to the high priest, and their own proper place is prescribed to the
priests, and their own special ministrations devolve on the Levites. The layman
is bound by the laws that pertain to laymen.
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