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|Part of the series Mirianism|
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The Mirian Church neither discourages nor encourages monasticism among its followers, but it is entirely up to every individual to lead a monastic or non-monastic life. In other words, the monastic life should be a "calling" to anyone who is able to accept it (Matt. 19:11-12). Mirian monks and nuns are referred to as bne qyāma (lit. "sons of the covenant"), but can also be referred to as a Nazirites (nziirūtā), one who have consecrated themselves to the Lord (Num. 6:2-8).
The hierarchy of Nazirites is similar to that of the Eastern Orthodox hierarchy of monks and nuns, but is not considered a part of any priesthood, or clergy. Mirian monasticism is, in itself, a holy order within the movement, but is not a required sacrament for the "uncalled". While Mirian non-monastics are not required to be celibate, Mirian monastics are.
The father of Mirian monasticism is believed to be the Gate Finder (Tr‘ā-mškonā) John the Baptist, who was himself an ascetic practitioner. Many scholars and historians have even connected him with the ancient Essene sect of first century Judaism.
Mirian monasticism is, by nature, cenobitic. Yeshwa taught that people are fundamentally communal (Matt. 15:32, 18:19, 28:19; John [apochryphal] 13:31, 34, 17:21), and that we are not to be isolated from other human beings.
High ranking monks and nuns are to be addressed as "Rabban" and "Rabta", respectively. This is out of respect for their recommended status in the Mirian teaching profession.
Hierarchy of Nazirites
1. Arkaun (Head of the Community of Nazarites / Successor of John the Baptist)
2. Egmōnā (Head Abbot) / Igmōn (Head Abbess)
3. Hebīshāh (Common Monk) / Reyshāh (Common Nun)
4. Sharwai (Novice)