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Elected from among the Consistory upon the passing of the most recent leader of the United Congregations, this person is the recognized head of the Congregations and the voice of its daily works.  They set policy and guide traditions for ritual, instruction and preservation of doctrine.  Likewise, only they can elevate members of the clergy to the highest honor of becoming part of the Consistory.  From his post, whoever serves in this honored position is responsible for being the guide and voice of the Congregations.  His actions, his writings and his manner all are considered a measure by which the Conregations acts, and how the Congregations are viewed by the outside world.
Elected from among the Consistory upon the passing of the most recent leader of the United Congregations, this person is the recognized head of the Congregations and the voice of its daily works.  They set policy and guide traditions for ritual, instruction and preservation of doctrine.  Likewise, only they can elevate members of the clergy to the highest honor of becoming part of the Consistory.  From his post, whoever serves in this honored position is responsible for being the guide and voice of the Congregations.  His actions, his writings and his manner all are considered a measure by which the Conregations acts, and how the Congregations are viewed by the outside world.

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Lazarianism

Central Figures

Vind
The Prophets · Four Sages of Dwartii

Key Scripture
Immaculate Text

Directorium
Letters of Germonique

Institutions

Consistory
Chapels
Missions
Orders

History

History of Lazarianism · Lazarianism & Empire

Notable Individuals

St. Germonique
St. Valkine · St. Agiline
St. Orpha · St. Pallas

See Also

Symbols · Laws
Teachings · Texts
Calendar · Divisions
Pilgrimage · Prayer
Relations to Other Faiths

Lazarian Orkanan - formally the United Lazarian Congregations of Auresia and also known informally as Lazarianism - is the state faith of the Auresian Empire. It is influenced by the ancient beliefs of the three peoples who united under the Imperial banner over twenty-five centuries ago, having its roots in society since over a dozen centuries before that. It is a monotheistic faith that centers on the worship of Vind.

It is a branch of the Orkanan faith, also known as Lazarian Orkanan. Followers of the faith are commonly referred to as Lazarianites.

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Background

The Congregations are the collective religious belief of the people of Auresia, as influenced by the earlier traditions of the peoples who now comprise the Empire. Likewise, it was an influence on such groups as the Janessari and combines scholastic pursuit of divine knowledge with the monastic discipline of devout pursuit of divine grace. It is commonly described as "Orkanan in an Auresian tradition".

Lazarianism shared a place in the foundation of the Empire itself. The prelates of the peoples of the three predecessor nations called for acceptance of the proposals of the emissaries when their idea began to garner audiences. Similarly, it was by the guidance of the Prelacy that the Empire established a common society built around their ideals and beliefs. The Congregations did not oppose Cephorus Maximus in his rise to power; rather, they supported him as he called for the ideals and teachings of the faith to be the meter by which all was measured when it came to the welfare of the people. Similarly, he swore that his family would defend and preserve the faith.

The prelacy of the faith is collectively known as the Prelacy. It is led by the Archcurate, who is assisted by a council of prelates of the rank of Curate, who comprise the membership of the Consistory, the advisory and governing council of the Congregations.

Vind

Vind - also known by the Auresians as the Creator - is the central figure of Lazarianism. He is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. It is by His divine will that Creation is held together and obeys the laws and strictures of its design, as He made it so.

  • There was no word.
  • For heaven or for earth, for sea or sky.
  • All that existed was silence.
  • Then the Voice of Vind rang out.
  • The first Word.
  • And His Word became all that might be.

Ritual & Tradition

The Noble Insights

  • All beings of Creation must face the challenges of the Path of Enlightenment. It is only by this Path that one's virtue or wickedness is made manifest and rewarded accordingly.
  • As all people approach the end of the Path, they approach the infinite perfection of the Creator, and in His divine presence are subject to His divine judgment.
  • Solitude and selfishness do not promote the well-being and strength of the faithful. Man is not a solitary creature, and pursuing self-satisfying goals draws away from the perfection the Path offers. Working together, spreading the joy of the faith and the word of the Creator's favor, all serve to bring the believer closer to the perfection only Paradise can offer.
  • The Prophets, those chosen who the Creator named to be his early voice on Gotha, left in their legacies the teachings and writings passed on to them by the Divine. Emulate their examples, heed their words.
  • The Anathema are those who reject the Creator and obey only their own ambitions, and it is their machinations that draw Creation toward despair and ruin. Be mindful of the temptations of the wicked.

The Diligent Practices

The expectations placed upon an ordinary devotee of the Congregations are defined as a set of five obligations that mark a follower of the Philosophy as being particularly devout. They are guidelines, however, so the average layperson does not have to follow them strictly, but the monks of the Order are expected to perform the Diligent Practices all the time.

  • Hear a recital of the Immaculate Text at least once a week, in the company of at least a dozen other followers of the Philosophy.
  • Respect and give honor to the Prophets and the holy days of the faith, observing the rites of holy tradition insofar as they serve the harmony of Creation.
  • Imitate in word and deed the honorable examples of the Prophets, the chosen voices of the Divine. Emulate the teachings and moral lessons of their writings, and preserve the legacy for future generations.
  • Be mindful of law and peace, and violate not the rule of the law, be it that of the Creator or that of Man. Abject neglect of either makes one no better than the beasts of the wilds.
  • Resist the temptations of the Anathema to the fullest degree of your abilities, and do not fall into despair. A righteous servant of the Creator does not go unnoticed by His divine grace.

The Diligent Practices tend to bring communities of faithful together strongly. Often, the official rituals in the chapel each day are followed by discourses led by a prominent abbot or teacher of the Order, who will lead a guided meditation on their favorite scriptures. These discourses are often designed to promote a community project or civic duty, so that a new public bath or marketplace or orphanage will be built or provided for. The Immaculate Philosophy thus brings real and practical benefits to the communities it touches.

The Clergy

Gender

Clergy of the Congregations are men only. This dictate is part of the original teachings of the Prophets as handed down by the Divine. Regardless of rank, they are commonly known as "prelate". In the case of the Archcurate, he is addressed as "Your Holiness". Curates and archprelates are addressed as "Your Eminence". All other congregation officers are referred to by their rank. The sole exception to the men-only rule is the rank of deacon, which is open to both sexes. It is the sole level which does not require seminary training to be filled, but they are ordained into the service of the Congregations in supporting its works and fulfilling the needs of its structures and congregants.

Family

The prelates of the Congregations can marry and have a family.

Vestments

The vestments of Lazarian prelates are identical for all ranks within the hierarchy, with subtle exceptions. For example, the robe and trousers of the Archcurate are white, and the shoes are black leather. Arch-Curates have scarlet robes with white trim, while Curates have robes of black with cuffs and hems of scarlet. All other ranks have robes of black.

Prelacy robes, or gowns, are an alb with banded collar and buttons from the belt line to the neckline with a wide belt of matching color. Variations of it can help indicate that particular clergyman's standing.

Hierarchy

Archcurate

Giovanni Feretti, Archcurate of the United Congregations, 7561 - current.

Elected from among the Consistory upon the passing of the most recent leader of the United Congregations, this person is the recognized head of the Congregations and the voice of its daily works. They set policy and guide traditions for ritual, instruction and preservation of doctrine. Likewise, only they can elevate members of the clergy to the highest honor of becoming part of the Consistory. From his post, whoever serves in this honored position is responsible for being the guide and voice of the Congregations. His actions, his writings and his manner all are considered a measure by which the Conregations acts, and how the Congregations are viewed by the outside world.

The reigning Archcurate is the Reverend Father Giovanni M. Feretti (born 7503), previously Archprelate of Altanavento and a native of the region. He is noted for his promotion of humanitarian works and spreading the gospel of Lazarian Orkanan while providing food, medical care and comfort to those who are victims of natural disasters and other troubles. During the Pan-Anarian War, he served for ten years as an Imperial Armed Forces chaplain and ministered aboard ships and among ground units. He is a fully-trained medic, and often times assisted the field medics with tending wounded while offering the injured prayers and comfort. He is known to be a soft-spoken, firm-willed man gifted of a sense of gentle humor who lends a dignified air to any gathering.

Curate

The Curates form the Consistory, which is the advisory council that assists the Archcurate in their governance of the Congregations and their affairs. The council meets for one week every month, and holds an annual conclave during the first full week of April, which is the holy week of the faith, during which important ceremonies are conducted and business transacted. Whenever the sitting Archcurate passes away, the Consistory will gather to choose his successor. A curate is assigned as the permanent adviser on faith and religious matters to the Court of Elestis.

There is a total of forty curates - one for each of the Imperial prefectures (20 total), and ten additional curates appointed to serve in administrative capacities within the government of Congregations.

Archprelate

Administrators of congregation districts, which coincide with the territory of a prefectural district of the Empire. There is a grand total of 80 archprelates who serve in this capacity. They maintain order and authority over all prelates and chapels within that district. Similarly, they provide their support to the efforts of the many Chapels within their district.

Prelate

The individual priests of the Congregations, each one responsible for a chantry and its congregation. They are charged with teaching their congregants of the lessons and stories of the Immaculate Text and seeing to their spiritual well-being and welfare.

Archdeacon

This person is a fully ordained and anointed member of the clergy, and is responsible for ministering through charitable and social support efforts at their chapel. Anyone in a community who needs help will go always first to the local chapel's archdeacon. Every chapel only has one person who holds this position.

Deacon

Individuals who are ordained into the service of the Congregations but are not actual clergy, these men and women serve as aides and support workers in individual chapels. Chosen from among their ranks by the congregation as a whole, they must meet specific criteria to be named to these posts.

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