Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.“
Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
Priests/Bishops provide these sacraments to us as they act in persona Christi when ordained by the authority of Apostolic Succession
Apostolic Succession in part of the Orthodox Church “Valid Holy Orders/in Full Communion” Andrew: Eastern & Russian Orthodox Mark: Greek Orthodox Bartholomew/Jude: Armenian Apostolic Church Thomas: Syrian/Indian Philip: Ethiopian Orthodox Church James the Lesser: Greek Orthodox of Jerusalem Mark: Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria Barnabas: Orthodox Church of Cyprus