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Preamble: SMOKH has vowed to preserve the movement of monastic medicine and Hospitaller nursing in this age of rapid change. Emerged from this tradition, naturopathy formed in the US. However, attempting to become a secularized practice like osteopathy in the 20th century, it thus has sacrificed many of its time honored traditions. This active, Medical Order is the last such organization, carrying on the work of monastic medicine as today’s Christian nature cure, and we wish to have it preserved for the benefit of future generations as well as serve a lasting memory of a movement that contributed significantly to the Renaissance of today's modern medicine. This heritage included languages, transcription, folk tales, ceremonies, modalities, etc. about traditional medicine, and all the medical and nursing skills that were handed down from generation to generation including surgery and ambulatory care. These traditions and practices reflect the spirit of members and communities of the Hospitaller’s from Europe to the Americas, to the Philippines. Yet this intangible heritage is at great risk as the natural and spiritual heritage must be preserved to the world for future posterity.


When Christ sent out the twelve disciples on their first missionary tour, He bade them, "As ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give." Matthew 10:7, 8.

CHRISTIAN COUNSELING - BRIEF HISTORY:

Monastic Medicine: Monastic medicine developed during the middle ages and was provided as part of a religious duty. Those living the monastic life are known by the generic terms monks (men) and nuns (women). Saint Fabiola was the first person on record to have found a Christian hospital in the late 4th century, into which she gathered sufferers out of the streets, and where she nursed the unfortunate victims of sickness and want. A member of a wealthy Roman family, Fabiola became a Christian ascetic, selling all her belongings and founding the first hospital in the Western world as we know it today.

Monastic medicine had flourished both in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches from earliest Christian times to the Reformation, being reformed and renewed periodically by dynamic individuals with new emphases or departures from current medical practices. With the rise of the universities after the renaissance, the monastic control of education came to an end. Luther liberated Europe with the Reformation and in England allowed members of clergy to marry. Doctors in the clergy would now be referred to as clerical physicians and monastic vows were no longer required.

Christian Counseling began in the 1st century A.D. with the Apostles, and persisted through the middle ages as ecclesiastical rule. Such counseling practices as monasticism, folk medicine, Hospitaller care, apothecary, persisted through the reformation in Christendom with ecclesiastical nursing its last vestage, as documented in our text Ecclesiastical Nursing. Naturopathy failed to follow suit. Psychology emerged apart from religious principles with near narcissistic science of the human mind. The New Thought movement as a spiritual endeavor developed in the United States in the 19th century, opposing secularization that promoted the ideas that Infinite Intelligence, as God, is everywhere, in which spirit is the totality of real things, and true human selfhood is divine, righteous thought as a force for good, and that sickness originates in the mind, and "right thinking" has a healing effect. This has persisted with Christian Science, which grew out of New Thought, as well as with the Unity Church and others. In the United States the Christian Science church has used the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to persuade states to maintain religious-exemption statutes. However, the resultant darkness of secularization in the 20th century led to confusion and regulations, but a re-reformation in the 1960s lead to the Biblical Counseling Movement directed by Jay E. Adams which brought to attention in his book - Competent to Counsel - a Christian-based approach which was totally different from the secularized nursing, psychological and psychiatric solutions of those times.

As a result, ordination, deaconization, or commissioned Licensed professionals ermerged from church or religious institutions which held accountability to the individual and to the organization that issues it. It is now well accepted in the US and Europe that these counselors are independent as a Church sanctioned vocation. The primary differences now established between state-licensed professionals and Christian counselors, is the latter are credentialed under the authority of the Church (Body of Christ), and are today clear, well defined, and accepted as an independent vocation (a Call to God).

We, SMOCH, have advanced distinct healing vocations at the outset, and we govern ourselves accordingly under 'sphere sovereignty' of our Constitution under well established principles of separation of Church and State. It has been a growing mission thanks to the contributions of the Soverign Council and our members. We are the only such Church (of Hope) perpetuating the training and principles of monastic medicine, the forerunner of naturopathy, electrotherapy, western herbalism, apothecary, and homeopathy. We, SMOCH, have advanced distinct healing vocations at the outset, and we govern ourselves accordingly under 'sphere sovereignty' of our Constitution under well established principles of separation of Church and State. It has been a growing mission thanks to the contributions of the Soverign Council and our members. We are the only such Church (of Hope) perpetuating the training and principles of monastic medicine, the forerunner of naturopathy, electrotherapy, western herbalism, apothecary, and homeopathy.

 

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VOCATIONS AVAILABLE FOR APPLICATION

PREREQUISITES

Applicants must receive approval to join by the Sovereign Council by formal application, complete specified training (online courses), complete a dissertation of Homily (a short sermon), and be formally ordained. Ordination is part of our biannual investitures. The following vocations (a call to God) are available for application:

Ecclesiastical Physician Ecclesiastical Nurse Ecclesiastical Apothecarist Ecclesiastical Counselor
Sanctified Healer Alimental Therapist Aromatherapist Electropathist
Balneotherapist Chirothesist Fitness Tutor Herbalist
Homeopathist Indigenous Healer Medical Astrologer Natural Health Tutor
Pneumatherapist Radiaesthesthist Reflexotherapist Wellness Tutor

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