[2013] Christopher Hughes (Morality MrsGemmell, DiCarlo Religion Per 7): Holy Orders

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[2013] Christopher Hughes (Morality MrsGemmell, DiCarlo Religion Per 7): Holy Orders

Holy Orders





The Sacrament of Holy Orders serves as a continuation of the priesthood of Christ. Jesus fulfilled the duties of the Old Testament priesthood and now through Holy Orders lay people can take part in Christ's sacrifice, in the form of the Eucharist, through the ordained.

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Priests are dedicated to the service of the Church. Appointed to a specific parish by a bishop, A priest is in charge of giving 5 of the 7 sacrements. The two sacraments a priest cannot perform are Holy Orders and Confirmation. A priest must also interpertate the liturgy and relay God's message to the people of his parish.

Deacons are ordaned to the minestry of service, not to a minesterial priesthood. A deacon is conformed to Christ, who came to serve, through his ordination. The duty of deacons consists of baptizing, proclaiming the Gospel, preaching the homily, assisting the bishop or priest in the celebration of the Eucharist, assisting at and blessing marriages, and presiding at funerals.

Bishops are entrusted to teach, sanctify, and govern the Church in the name of Christ. A bishop governs a specific diocese and can perform any of the 7 sacraments. A bishop has the power to make Church laws, be a judge in Church matters and to enforce observance of these laws. These laws generally relate to worship and other religous practices.


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