02-11-2018 The Sacrament of Holy Orders

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic Church
Journey of Faith
February 11, 2018—Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Opening Prayer
Scripture Readings
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY ORDERS*
Which priests have had a positive influence on your life?

The Sacraments at the Service of Communion (Holy Orders and Marriage), are directed toward the salvation of others. Those who receive these Sacraments grow in holiness through their service to others. In this session, we will discuss briefly the Sacrament of Holy Orders.

Jesus Christ, as the Risen Lord and our high priest, “is always able to save those who approach God through him, since he lives forever to make intercession for them.” (Heb. 7:25). Jesus Christ is the one mediator between God and humanity, who continues to offer salvation to all. Although all the baptized share in Christ’s priesthood, called the “common priesthood of the faithful,” the ministerial priesthood shares this in a special way.

The Sacrament of Holy Orders confers on the ordained ministers a sacred power for the service of the faithful. Ordained ministers exercise their service on behalf of the People of God through teaching, divine worship, and pastoral governance. These ministries are essential for the life of the Church.

Through this Sacrament, the Church recognizes three degrees or “orders” of ordained ministry:: bishop, priest, and deacon. The Sacrament of Ordination “confers the gift of the Holy Spirit that permits the exercise of a ‘sacred power’…which can only come from Christ himself through the Church” (CCC, no. 1538). The ordained bishop and priest serve the Church in the person of Christ as the head of the Body, as well as the Church when presenting to God the prayer of the Church, especially in the Eucharist.

Through this Sacrament, a bishop is given the grace to teach in the name of Christ; to sanctify the Church through the celebration of the Sacraments; to guide, govern, and defend the Church; and to be a sign of the unity of the Church. A priest is given the grace to proclaim the Gospel and preach, to celebrate the Sacraments (except Holy Orders), and to shepherd the people entrusted to him. The deacon is given the grace to proclaim the Gospel and preach, to baptize, to assist the bishop or priest in the celebration of the Eucharist, to assist at or bless marriages, preside at funerals, and serve the community through works of charity.

The Church teaches that only baptized males may be ordained by the Sacrament of Holy Orders. This Sacrament, like the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, confers an indelible or permanent character on the ordained person that cannot be
repeated.

*U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults, Ch. 20
 Reflect on Your Experience
How do you encourage and support your Priests in the performance
of their ministry?
U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults   Catecismo Catolico de Los Estadios Unidos para los Adultos  
Videos
"The Sacrament of Holy Orders" (USCCB)

"What Are Holy Orders" (Bishop Don Hying)

"Sacraments 101 - What Does Ordination Mean?" (Busted Halo)

"Sacrament of Holy Orders"

"The Sacrament of Holy Orders"

"Why Won't Catholicism Allow Women Priests? (Bishop Robert Barron)

"The Sacrament of Holy Orders" - CCC 1533-1553 (Fr. Daniel Mahan)

"The Sacrament of Holy Orders - Continued" - CCC 1554-1600 (Fr. Daniel Mahan)


Music
"The Mystery of Your Gift" (Josh Groban)

"With All I Am" (Hillsong)

"Wind Beneath My Wings" (Midler)

"Worthy is the Lamb" (Webster)
Rites, Symbols, & Practices
Holy Orders - Ordained to Serve, Gather, Transform, and Send" (USCCB)

"Prayers for Vocations" (USCCB)

Archdiocese of Miami - Vocations

The Trinitarians - Vocations
Reflection
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