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Holy Orders

Three Degrees of the Sacrament of Holy Orders




Matter: Laying on of hands

Form: "We ask you, allpowerful Father, give these servants of yours the dignity of the presbyterate. Renew the Spirit of holiness within them. By your divine gift may they attain the second order in hierchy and exemplify right condct in their lives."

A deacon is an ordained minister of the Catholic Church. Deacons are ordained as a sacramental sign to the Church and to the world of Christ, who came "to serve and not to be served." The entire Church is called by Christ to serve, and the deacon, in virtue of his sacramental ordination and through his various ministries, is to be a servant in a servant-church.

In the Catholic Church, a bishop is an ordained minister who holds the fullness of the sacrament of holy orders and is responsible for teaching doctrine, governing Catholics in his jurisdiction, and sanctifying the world and representing the Church.Bishops have the power to to appoint,ordain, and disciplne the priests and deacons.

By ordination, "priests are united with the bishops in dignity and at the same time depend on them in the exercise of their pastoral functions. They are called to be the bishops' prudent co-workers". With the bishop, priests form a presbyteral community and assume with him the pastoral mission for a particular parish. The bishop appoints priests to the pastoral care of parishes and to other diocesan ministries. The priest promises obedience to the bishop in service to God's people.


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