– a priesthood of all believers (in the law of love)
The Magdalene Priesthood reclaims and restores the original priesthood modeled by Jesus, who became Christ, and which was fulfilled through his most devoted disciple, co-equal ministry partner, and Beloved partner, Mary, called Magdalene.
The Magdalene Priesthood is not about hierarchy, neither is it patriarchal nor clerical in nature. The Magdalene Priesthood is grounded in the egalitarian model favored by Jesus – one in which every individual is honored as uniquely holy and sacred and where no one person rules over another. The Magdalene priesthood seeks only to serve the common good of the all, not the privilege of the few.
The Magdalene Priesthood does not set anyone apart as the intermediary between ourselves and the God of our understanding. Instead, women and men called to this priesthood serve as supportive guides and teachers, empowering you in a directly intimate and personal relationship with your own God. The God of your understanding may appear as male, female, as Presence, Essence, Spirit, Love, nameless or faceless. The Magdalene Priesthood understands that the Divine reveals itself to each of us in our own unique way and according to our own unique temperament and needs and honors this unique revelation as holy.
In the Magdalene Priesthood, salvation is not about appeasing a jealous and wrathful god. Neither is it about earning our heavenly reward in the imagined hereafter. Instead, salvation is known by an increasing inner experience of contentment and peace achieved through years of diligent attention to the Source of love and a disciplined practice of turning away from and moving through the fear that tries to keep us from this love. This is the Kingdom of God about which Jesus spoke, which can only be found within.
Those called to the Priesthood of the Magdalene have been empowered to name and claim their own unique giftedness and have been empowered to use these gifts, first, for the sake of their own fulfillment, and then in service to the betterment of the world. As such, priests and priestesses of the Magdalene serve in whatever capacity they feel called. Some live out their priesthood as teachers, healers, mothers, fathers, artisans, activists, advocates, scholars, entertainers, protectors of the land, peacemakers, reformers, prophets, serving the needs of the less fortunate, business owners, politicians, etc. etc. etc. There is no limit as to how the Priesthood of the Magdalene might be fulfilled. Additionally, there is nothing that might set a priest or priestess of Magdalene apart from another, except perhaps the love that radiates from their presence. As such, there are not special “outfits” to be worn. Priests and priestesses of the Magdalene follow the example of Jesus and Mary Magdalene by wearing clothing similar to those they serve.
LOVE is the sole mission of the Priesthood of the Magdalene. Those called to this priesthood have come to know the love that they are in their Oneness with the Divine – the same Oneness that Jesus came to know within himself and then supported his disciples in coming to know within themselves. Mary, called Magdalene, mastered this love and then went out to empower others in knowing this Love, as Jesus, as Christ, ordained her to do. The Priesthood of the Magdalene fulfills the Magdalene succession by reclaiming and restoring the ancient and original priesthood modeled by Jesus and fulfilled by Mary, called Magdalene.
Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, MATS, has accepted the call to be a vessel through which the Priesthood of the Magdalene might be restored. To learn more about the Priesthood of the Magdalene and our Priest/ess Training Program, click HERE.