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CLERGY AND LAITY In his attempt to parallel the three hierarchies, Dionysius briefly argues that every hierarchy has a group of leaders, "those, inspired by God, who understand and purvey" 25 the sacraments. 26 As a triad of "our" hierarchy, the clerics can be called "the God-like dispensers of sacred things, " the "rank of sacred ministers" and "the three ranks of holy initiators. 28 The highest office in the human hierarchy is only rarely called by a name other than "hierarch. " 29 Although the author claims that the term 23 CH 3 165o 45-48; cf.

14 The legal hierarchy had its initiators, exemplified by Moses, and those who were uplifted by them. 15 But this proposed parallel also fails, for there are not three sacraments, but only one, "an uplifting to worship in spirit, " 16 and it has no ceremonial connotation. More persuasive than these strained similarities of all three hierarchies is the placement of "ours" as a mean term between the other two and thus only partially similar to each. Now, the Word of God asserts that our hierarchy represents a more perfect initiation in that it is a fulfillment and completion of that [legal] hierarchy.

429A 9, EH 4 472o 4, 473A 2, 476c 36, 477n 20). See R. Roques, L Vnivers Dionysien, pp. 256-260. 86 The word "myron" can be translated as "ointment"; EH 4 472o 8, 473A 1, 485A 9, EH 5 504c 24. , 424o 22, 425A 2 and 4; other than the myron: EH 4 473A 12. 88 CH 8240c31, EH 3429o44, 432A 1, 432c 25, 433n 24, 436n 20, 436c 35, EH 4 484c 38, EH 5 501A 4, 501o 47, 505o 41 and 46, EH 6 532c 34, 532o 44, EH 7 557c 30, and "the sacraments of the mysteries" in Ep. 8 1097B 24, and Ep. 9 1108A 1. The singular form in CH 3 164o 11 and EH 1 372A 2 is not identified and is perhaps not meant as a specific sacrament among the others.

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