WIDOW (IN THE EARLY CHURCH) The expectations of an imminent parousia, a closed group mentality fostered by the paralegal status of Christians, and the absence of centralized legislative institutions in the ancient Church led to the early evolution of a special, and possibly quasi-clerical, status for widows. The age designation was likely because sixty was considered the age of retirement in the first century, and these women were probably past the age of remarrying. Anyone with even a cursory knowledge of Christianity has heard the term 'Church Fathers' but far less so 'Church Mothers' – and yet, in the early days of Christianity, women were at the forefront of the religion. Ashby, Babette. n especially important ministry of the earliest church was the ministry of caring for widows. The passage in 1 Timothy 5 is a sequel to that in detailing policies associated with administering the welfare program for widows in the early Church. “Overcoming Depression.” Family Circle, June 1974, pp. In that tradition, forbidden to these women was the addressing of matters of theology. Third, follow the lead of the early church and designate a deacon or someone else to look after the needs of each widow. The widows in the church who met these qualifications were recognized by the church as being on “the list” (v. 9) and they were to serve in various capacities in the church. Works Cited in the Series. The history of the Orthodox Church includes awareness of an early order of widows, about late 100’s, who served the church before the more formal deaconess orders evolved . 139-140. Additionally deacons in the local church can lead in the gathering and distribution of these gifts to meet these needs, similar to the men set apart in the early church to meet the physical needs of widows (Acts 6:1–7). After outlining the precarious state of the “almanah” - or widow - in biblical times, it describes the emergence of the order of widows in the early Church. The Apostles responded by appointing a body of men… In fact, early in the book of Acts we see that the church’s first conflict was related to widows, when some were unjustly favored over others. Apparently, in order to receive charity in the early Christian church, eligible widows were enrolled on a list (verse 11). A Needed Gift Then the members will be off and running on their own, helping each other and winning other widows to Christ and your church. 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