"Have you an Apostolic Succession?"
"Unfold the line of your Bishops"
~ Tertullian, 3rd Century
Apostolic Succession is the transmission of the spiritual gifts entrusted by Jesus the Christ to his original students ( later called Apostles) by the laying on of hands.
These spiritual gifts have since been passed on throughout history by the Act of Consecration, the direct laying-on of hands, in an unbroken line from the apostles to their successors, from bishop-to-bishop to the present day.
"If Catholic Doctrine is True, Every Priest Validly Ordained Derives His Orders In An Unbroken Line." Therefore, there exists a single Church of Christ, which subsists in the Catholic Church, governed by the Successor of Peter and by the Bishops in communion with him. The Churches while, while not existing in perfect communion with the Catholic Church, remain united to her by means of the closest bonds, that is by apostolic succession and a valid Eucharist,
are true particular Churches"
......... A statement by the Vatican regarding their relationship with Churches that have Apostolic Succession.
The Feast of St. Andrew
November 30, 2019
The M. Rev. Linda Jarvis
The M. Rev. Erik E. Weaver
The M. Rev. Sophia Angela DeBry
Consecrator: ++ Benjamin Evans
The Old Catholic Diocese of New Jersey
Three Different Paths to One Common Goal
We Serve God Through Service to God's Creation
Bishop Linda Jarvis OSL, S.T.L.in Thomistic Studies, Ph.D.