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|Church of the Light|
|Отношение к другим||Alliance|
The Church of the Holy Light is a lawful good organization affiliated with the Alliance. The Church of the Holy Light can be found just about everywhere on Azeroth and has approximately 800,000 members.
The Church sends its representatives all over the world, spreading the wisdom and comfort of the Holy Light. They are also involved with more practical matters such as building homes, settling family disputes, and scaring away enemies. The Church has everyone's best interests at heart and do their best to help anyone in need. The Church teaches a religion that is all about making people happy.[источник?]
No one knows how the Church was founded, and no one remembers when people first discovered the Holy Light — or were discovered by it. In a time prior to the First War, humans began preaching about the Holy Light; explaining that it is a great and benevolent force that sought out mortal spirits interested in helping others and protecting life.
Because the philosophy involves a significant amount of study and contemplation, they likely built libraries before churches. As the organization grew, the places of teaching and study grew as well. Eventually, all of the individual churches began working together and formed the Church of the Holy Light. 
Involvement in the First War
During the First War, priests of the Church in Stormwind fought with the armies against the Horde. Using their Light-given abilities, they healed the wounded and protected the citizens of Stormwind. Unfortunately, their numbers were not great enough to change the outcome of the war.
The Second War and the Knights of the Silver Hand
Following Anduin Lothar's speech to the leaders of the Alliance of Lordaeron, Archbishop Alonsus Faol called for a meeting with Anduin Lothar and the mage Khadgar. During the meeting, he introduced the first paladins and a new order: the Knight of the Silver Hand.
Anduin Lothar took Turalyon as his second-in-command. After the Alliance armies were forced to split, Turalyon led the majority of the Alliance army in some of the most critical battles including battles at the edge of Quel'thalas and the siege at Capital City.
The paladins were instrumental in the defeat of the Horde, and were the Alliances best defense against the Horde's death knights. After Anduin Lothar fell to Orgrim Doomhammer, Turalyon took up his broken sword and defeated Doomhammer — effectively ending the Second War.[источник?]
The Third War
Some claim that the Third War was the best thing that could have happened to the Church. The Church finally gave up its old habits and started to change. Some of the younger priests suggested that the Church take this opportunity to rebuild itself, setting aside many of its older traditions and starting new ones. They claimed that the Church had strayed from the path of the Three Virtues and needed to pare back down to essentials. According to these younger priests, their elders had lost touch with the Light and it was time to reclaim that holy communion.
There are rumors of a break within the Church itself, dating to about that time. It is said that the members are fighting amongst themselves about whether to cling to the old traditions or forge new ones. It didn't help that most of the Church's texts were lost and so people have been writing new ones — some of them writing about the same things but without comparing notes or checking sources. It is said that the Church is finally organizing again and looking at all these texts for consistency and accuracy, but it's unknown if that's true. It is known that the Church is stronger than it's been in centuries. It's rebuilding, regaining ground, and speaking out against the Scourge and other evils.
The Church has an archbishop which is in charge, and he has a council of bishops to advise him. Usually the archbishop was a bishop himself before he was selected, and once he's been chosen he's in charge until he dies or chooses to step down. The bishops do more than advise the archbishop, of course. Each bishop has charge of a region, in some cases an entire continent. The regions are based more on population than area, so in some cases a bishop might only be responsible for a large city, while others have an entire countryside. Stormwind City has its own bishop, as does Northrend. Priests work for the bishops, and they do most of the actual community work: preaching, tending to the wounded, teaching the children, and so on. They lay priests as well, who aren't ordained and cannot preach, but handle most of the daily chores around the temples and monasteries.
The Church of the Holy Light can only get so much through donations. In order to feed the priests, the religious institution has to make money. It has farms all over the countryside, most of them housing monasteries, and the priests there raise crops and cattle and whatever else the Church needs, and sell the surplus. In some regions the Church owns land and rents it to farmers, merchants or businessmen. They don't keep much of the profit, though — and the Church is always giving food, clothing and tools to the poor. It also teaches people about prayer, about health and farming, and generally how to be a good person.
Before the First War, the Church had three major locations: Northshire Abbey in Azeroth's western countryside, the Temple of Light in Stratholme, and Cathedral of Light in Stormwind City. The Horde destroyed Northshire Abbey in the First War, tearing it apart and burning the rubble. The Temple of Light fell with the rest of Stratholme to the Scourge. Only the Cathedral of Light remains, and this has become the Church's headquarters. A grand structure with many wings and spires, the Cathedral houses Archbishop Benedictus, the bishop of Stormwind City, and various other priests. It also contains the Grand Chamber, a vast meeting room where the council of bishops meets with the archbishop to discuss issues and plot the Church's actions. The Northshire Abbey was later rebuilt, but is only an outpost of the Cathedral of Light.
Church of Light organizations
Anyone can follow the path of the Holy Light, and anyone who follows the Holy Light is welcomed by the Church. Most of its members are human, but the Church does not discriminate. High elves and Ironforge dwarves have long been members.
Though anyone can become a member of the Church, becoming an actual priest is a long and difficult process. First come various classes, taught by lay priests, all about the Church's history, principles and activities. If the applicant does well in class he graduates to the next level, taking personal instruction with a priest, learning prayers and other devotions. Most applicants become lay priests, working for the Church while studying. They can spend several years in instruction, until the priest feels they're ready. Then there's an audience with the bishop, and a stay in one of the Church's monasteries — several months to several years away from everyone except other faithful. During this time many of them experience true communion with the Light for the first time. If the applicant maintains his faith and still seems suitable, the monastery's head priest sponsors him for ordination. Once a priest is ordained, his life belongs to the Church. The council decides where he goes and what he will do, whether that's working a farm or preaching in a city. Most priests stay with the Church until they die, though as they get older they do more studious and clerical work and less physical labor. A few lose faith and break away, forsaking their vows. Those who do stay, and who distinguish themselves spiritually and politically, can rise through the ranks and eventually become a bishop.
After the Second War, the Church of the Holy Light had very few members — in large part because so many died in Lordaeron — and most temples had a single priest or were actually shut down. People have begun applying again since the Third War, however, and now the temples are all fully staffed again.
The council has many bishops, though naturally not all of them can attend every meeting. Many handle their own regions well but are quiet during meetings, expressing opinions with nods or frowns and voting without a word. Others are more boisterous, more aggressive, and more political. Three of these have formed their own power bases within the council, and they and the archbishop are the true powers of the Church — some might say the three bishops are the power and the archbishop dances desperately among them, attempting to prevent a schism.
|Archbishop Benedictus||Cathedral of Light, Stormwind City|
|Hylan||Cathedral of Light, Stormwind City (RPG)|
|Leander||Cathedral of Light, Stormwind City (RPG)|
|Neheri||Cathedral of Light, Stormwind City (RPG)|
Три добродетели Света
Все в мире взаимосвязано. В каждом живом существе живет искра Света, и чем шире будет связь человека с внешним миром, чем ярче будет сиять Свет в его душе — тем светлее будет во всем мире. Следовательно, долг каждого человека — совершенствоваться, чтобы сиять ярче, и жить в гармонии с миром, чтобы не привносить в него горе и не затмить Свет вокруг себя. «Все начинается с малого», — гласит одна из догм Света, — «И мир не изменить за один день. Но если вы начнете изменять мир с себя — вы достигнете хоть малого, но успеха. Если все вокруг достигнут подобного — это будет великое свершение».
Чтобы научить человека жить в гармонии с внешним миром, священники Света вывели «три добродетели», к которым надо стремится.
Всякое существо, рожденное естественным путем, было одарено искрой Света. Поэтому связь ближнего твоего с миром вокруг так же ценна, как и ваша. Из этого следует, по крайней мере, два вывода:
- делая зло другим, вы делаете зло всему миру;
- каждый заслуживает уважения.
Служитель Света должен понимать, что стремления и желание его ближнего ничем не хуже его собственных. Поэтому, общаясь и с лучшим другом, и с кровным врагом, он должен помнить старое нравоучение: «Никогда не делайте другим то, чего не пожелали бы себе». У каждого, наделенного искрой Света, права равны. Значит, и орк, и человек имеют право на ошибку, прощение и искупление, право на мнение, цель и оправдание. И последователи Света должны уважать эти права.
Мир слишком велик, чтобы человек смог изменить его за один день, ведь мы — всего лишь крохотная часть вселенной. Тем не менее, каждый из нас влияет на мир вокруг: каждым своим поступком, каждой мыслью — он просто не может не влиять. Такова суть взаимосвязи Света.
«Если вы начнете делать добрые дела — это будет маленькое свершение. А маленькие свершения составляют великое». Своим добром вы делаете счастливее всех, кто находится рядом с вами, сподвигаете других на добрые дела. И если каждый, живущий в этом мире, начнет мыслить в таком ключе — мир изменится. Но, чтобы убедить в чем-то других, нужно начать из себя. «Настойчивость порождает силу», — гласит догма Света. Даже если все, что вы совершили, будет казаться ничтожным на фоне того, что еще нужно совершить — это уже свершение. Чем больше вы будете стараться, тем ближе будете к цели.
Самая важная и сложная для понимания добродетель. Законы сострадания можно выделить двумя напутствиями:
- всегда проявляй сострадание там, где это нужно;
- всегда умей различить, когда это не нужно.
Последнее порой бывает очень и очень сложно. Конечно, помогать ближним хорошо. Ведь вы и сами тешитесь тем фактом, что вы кому-то помогли, и тот, кто избавился от проблемы, несомненно, рад этому.
Но иногда этому самому «несчастному» просто необходимо научится справляться с проблемами. У него нету силы, воли, силы воли, или того самого упорства из второго достоинства. Или же у него нет умений. Во всяком случае, из-за вашей медвежьей услуги он никогда не научится справляться со своими проблемами и всю жизнь проживет неудачником. Мудрый слуга Света всегда знает, где нужно помочь, а где нужно научить.