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Official Charter

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The Order of Saint Dwywai the Ecstatic is a monastic order dedicated to the service of Jah and the teachings of Aristotle. We live our lives not only cloistered behind closed walls, but rather among the needy, immersed in service to those who are disadvantaged or marginalized.

Whatever the task, at the root of it is our dedication to promote human spirituality and effectively address social needs. Our cloister encompasses all the great towns and rural areas of the Kingdom of England; we work with individuals, families and other groups of people of all nationalities and beliefs, offering support, affirmation, and practical help.

As a cenobitic religious order, the Order of Saint Dwywai stresses community life and offers services such as teaching, care for the mentally ill, evangelism, the production of religious artwork and texts, the design and manufacture of vestments, and the writing and publication of religious instruction books, for individuals outside the monastery walls. Within our community, we:

* share our values and vision
* share responsibility
* help each other to deepen our faith and spirituality
* empower each other for ministry
* encourage each other to grow in wholeness


The first priority in our day-to-day living is to perform our duties towards others faithfully and try to be good at our job, whatever it may be. We serve Jah best by doing well what Jah asks us to do. But we know from experience that Jah will inevitably call us away from home and routine to serve the needs of people. In this too the wise Spirit guides us.

Jah summons us to action through external circumstances: either we see an obvious need or we receive a specific request. If we fix our eyes on the Almighty One who summons us, our response will be prompt and full of love, even to the point of sacrifice. So it may happen that the Aristotelian, who for his part would prefer a quiet life far removed from the world’s worries – a life devoted to prayer, study, work, rest and other basic needs – is drawn out of his sanctuary to which he is devoted not through laziness but through sincere humility. He is led into activity: indeed, he may be plunged into a sea of cares, of labours great and small, noble or abject: all this for the good of his neighbor, according to the priority which Jah himself has established. Whatever we start, we persevere with to the finish.

Any internal prompting of the Divine Action should be checked out with a prudent spiritual guide. The sure test of whether we are truly following what Jah desires of us will be peace of mind and heart. We are guided by these principles:

* Justice unites us with Christos, who strove only to fulfill his father's wish while on earth, and Christos delights in all men and women who follow him as members of the church. As Aristotelians, our first concern is to serve the church loyally, joyfully, and wholeheartedly. Members of the Order are dedicated to the pursuit of eudaimonia, or the happiness or joy that pervades the good life. Accordingly, they are committed to a lifetime of virtuous actions.
* Desire only to please Jah: that is, to be just. Justice means doing what Jah wants, allowing ourselves to be shaped by Jah. Justice unites us with Christos, who strove only to fulfill his father's wish while on earth. As our prayer and action become one with the life of Christos, so we become closely united to Jah.
* Ad maiorem Dei gloriam inque hominem salutem (For the greater glory of Jah and the salvation of humanity) - any work that is not evil can be meritorious for the spiritual life if it is performed with this intention, even things considered normally indifferent. This guiding statement is compatible with the Aristotelian belief that our virtuous actions must be driven by the virtues and not just in line with the virtues. Our spiritual life is built upon a relationship with Jah that overflows into the service of those in need. We minister to the needy in many ways, and we collaborate with others to provide support and opportunities for society's most vulnerable members. The scope of our charity is universal. No work of charity, corporal, intellectual or pastoral, is excluded.
* Live out your life as if you were leaving it! As Aristotle said, "Just like marriage, death is a final event. We must prepare ourselves carefully. If there is life after death, then the life we live before death must be devoted to preparing for life after death. Just as we must spend the time before marriage preparing for married life" (The Life of Aristotle, Book I, Chapter 4, official translation). It is Jah’s desire that the faithful be united to him for all eternity; and we too pray that every man and woman will eventually come to find their rest in Jah. To share in heaven is the reason Jah made us, and we long for it to happen. Therefore we should live out our life as if we were on the point of leaving it. Like devoted servants we await our loving Christos, watching for his return.
* To achieve the good life, one must live a balanced life and avoid both excess and deficiency (in Aristotelian Ethics, this is the principle of the Golden Mean). Every day we need to spend time in prayer and reading, especially the Scriptures. And we should not neglect the necessary rest and recreation. By preference therefore we look to a life of regularity and balance.


Members of the Order may travel or remain within the monastic headquarters or a parish. Some members of the order are monks (living within a monastery), and some of these monks are assigned specific duties and charges.

Structure of the Order:

The Rector - serves as the leader of the Order of Dwywai the Ecstatic. S/he is subject to approval and removal by the EPSC.
Prior General- Priest, member of the Order, who assists the Rector;
Abbot/Mother Superior - for each monastery Res Parendo of the Order. Member of the Order, s/he serves as the leader of the monastery. S/he is subject to approval and removal by the EPSC.

- Monastery - built to house and serve the needs of the Orders' monks. The Monastery is recognized within the Order as its current headquarters and source of the Order's knowledge and wisdom.
-- Prior/Prioress - runs the monastery under the direction of the Abbot/Abbess, who may have to travel on church business. A Sub-Prior may also be appointed, as needed by the monastery.
--- Librarian - in charge of the historical records, knowledge, and wisdom stored and known throughout the Order. This knowledge and wisdom must be relayed to the librarian and his/her assistants for recording, reproduction, and teaching.
--- Warden - represents the community of monks within the monastery and is charged with settling disputes, resolving problems, and ensuring work and peace.
--- Infirmarer - tends to the ill within the Asylum.
--- Hospitaller - tends to the needs of the monastery's guests.
--- Cellarer - in charge of the food storage and preparation.
--- Almoner - distributes alms and coordinates programs for the poor.
-- Scholars - monks who search, learn, and teach new and old knowledge and languages, relaying all their known information to the Librarian or Abbot.
-- Oblate- monks who are without a current charge above their station as monks. These Oblate remain within the monastery.

- Parishes - many members of the Order elect to remain in their communities in service to a parish church or university.
-- Scholars- members who search, learn, and teach new and old knowledge and languages, relaying all their known information to the Abbot or the Librarian of the monastery.
-- Oblate - members who are without a current charge above their station as members. These Oblate contribute to the Order's mission in a parish church or university.

On Becoming a Member

Aristotelians seeking to join the ranks of the Order of Saint Dwywai must follow these protocols:

* Members of the Order must be baptized Aristotelians.
* Members recognize, respect, and apply the Aristotelian dogma and the Canon Law
* Members of the Order may not also be members of any heretical organization.
* To become a member, it is necessary to be accepted by the Abbot/Abbess of the Order or by a Cardinal. A cardinal can use his power of veto.
* Any witches proven in court to be a clone will not be accepted into the Order.
* Members of the Order must take vows before the Abbot/Abbess.

To join the monastic community of the Order of Saint Dwywai, one must follow these protocols:

* Monks must be members of the Order of Saint Dwywai the Ecstatic.
* Respect for the hierarchy must be assumed by all the monks. The superior of the monk is the Abbot .
* Monks vow to live under the authority of the rules validated by the Abbot, Rome, or a diocese, which will direct his/her behavior in everyday life. Once in a monastery, the statute of monk applies.
* The Abbot will ensure that monks strictly respect the duties imposed by the Church, as well as the rules of the monastery. In the event that the monk disrespects his/her duties or the rules of the monastery, the Abbot may cause the monk to leave the monastery and thus withdraw the statute of monk from him/her.
* The marriage of a monk is impossible; monks reserve their love exclusively for Jah.
* While monks (unlike priests) are permitted by the Church to carry weapons, the Order of Saint Dwywai is not a military order and does not engage in warfare.
* Monks who are also priests (level 3 church way) have the same duties as priests, in addition to those listed.
* The monastery is completely independent of the laic lords; no interference can take place. They are dependent only by possible legal settlement or approved contracts of trade.
* The three official places where the monks can organize and conduct ceremonies include:
- Rome
- The Official Forum
- The Forum of the Monastery
* Monks of the Order take vows before the Abbot/Abbess


Dwywai the Ecstatic is revered by acrobats, brewers, epileptics, executioners, gravediggers, lepers, librarians, people suffering from mental illness, peasants, possessed people, pyromaniacs, victims of spontaneous human combustion, town drunks, and village idiots. She had a humble beginning as the daughter of a butcher and a brewer in Launceston, County Cornwall. Her father's violent rage chased off her beloved mother, and Dwywai's distress was evidenced by epileptic convulsions and involuntary levitation. She could smell her father's scandal on his person, and she darted into lit ovens, scaled church spires, and climbed trees in even the stormiest weather to escape the stench. Her father could bear her behavior for only so long, and he eventually sent her away to an abbey in Dorset.

At the abbey, the brewery was miraculously transformed by her contributions, and she was able to improve the health of several of her sister nuns by convincing them to drink beer in place of water. When her father showed up to reclaim her, the Abbess helped her escape by hiding her in a vat of beer. She resurfaced in Dorchester, where she spread her miracles among the poor and disadvantaged. However, the horrors of her childhood followed her there, and she once again began to levitate and convulse uncontrollably. She could smell the sin on those around her and surrounded herself with fire, freezing water, and even rotting corpses to mask the odor. An executioner was summoned to end her self-torture, and she was subjected to burning on a gridiron. She fled after ten days of grilling that failed to leave so much as a scorch mark on her skin. Dwywai lived a long, pious, and miraculous life, eventually expiring through spontaneous human combustion.


* Arts - [Logion 18: To those to whom The Most High seemed inaccessible, even after the arguments of Aristotle, Christos said: “To approach God and the comprehension of the universe, art is for you a surer means than reason or philosophy. Imagine a body in decomposition, the intestines decaying, the eyes gobbled by carrion, the flesh peeling away in scraps… and say you that this body has been able to love, to think, to feel, to make love, to cry… but also to compose music, to paint frescoes, to write poems... as much as work of which one may profit nowadays.” (21 Logia of Christos)]
o Musical Composition & Concerts
o Dramatic & Comedic Performances, Re-enactments from the lives of the Holy Saints
o Dance
o Visual Arts (calligraphy, manuscript illustration, tapestry, painting, statuary, vestment making)
o Culinary Arts (friendly cooking contests in celebration of the feast days/harvest festival)
* Asylum & Sanatorium. The monastic headquarters of the Order of Saint Dwywai will include an infirmary specializing in the care of people suffering from mental illness.
* Beer and/or Wine Manufacturing. Saint Dwywai is the patron saint of brewers. Her Order shall honor this patronage by manufacturing beer in her honor and for its "gift of health." The production and sale of beer will sustain the monastery financially and spiritually.
* Book-making. Saint Dwywai's rudimentary illustrations of religious documents has earned her the patronage of librarians. The Order of Saint Dwywai will continue his important work by dedicating itself to the expansion and preservation of the Church library.
o Translation of Vatican documents into English : Collaboration with the Order of Saint Jérôme
o Design and manufacture of illuminated manuscripts.
* Charity - The Order of Saint Dwywai will honor the great charity of Christos through service to the needy, disadvantaged, and marginalized.
o provision of food, drink, and/or money for the needy
o counsel to those who request it, including those in government, new citizens, lay Aristotelians, students, and the mentally ill
o shelter to travelers and the homeless
* Festivals
o Festival of Aristotle: "The Aristotelian liturgical year is presented here and divided into six periods plus one additional period. Each period consists of 7 Sundays, that is approximately two months. Each period ends with a great festival in the honor of Aristotle, that is, six great festivals over the course of the year" .
o Festivals of Christmas: "The seventh period of the year which begins the start of December, at the end of November, is the time of the great religious festivals of Christmas which celebrates the birth of Jesus who brought to his people much. This period is an adventitious period, it is in addition to the other six periods. It is a time to make ready the festival of the new calendar year and new liturgical year, and also to the birth of Aristotle" .
o Feast Days of the Saints, plus a special festival for Saint Dwywai All celebrated feast days shall be accompanied by feasts, drinks, and artistic productions to celebrate the life of the saint.
o All Saints' Day: "All Saints' Day will be celebrated in practice at the beginning of November and will be, as its name indicates, the festival of all of the Saints" .
o Harvest festival, to celebrate the peak harvest of hops or grapes. Imagine a pious Oktoberfest.
o Baptisms/Marriages - may also be conducted by priests at the monastery, and the Abbot/Abbess and/or the presiding member priest may also, as requested, assist the married couple with marriage counseling, cancellation or dissolution
* Seminary - Members of the Order will conduct research and translations of religious texts for the purpose of establishing a seminary for religious instruction. Under the authority of the Rector of the Seminary.

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