Marriage & Holy OrdersSpecific mission of service to others
Baptized man and woman enter a lifelong commitment as faithful, loving partners Accept God’s calling Represents God’s covenants (promises) Jesus’ mission upheld the sanctity of marriage In most sacraments, Jesus offers God’s grace through an ordained minister who celebrates the sacrament, but in the Sacrament of Matrimony, the bride and groom confer the sacrament on each other and Jesus acts through them
Jesus remains with the married couple Married couples are strengthened to serve God and the church
Jesus shared his ministry with the 12 Apostles in a special way After the Resurrection, Jesus gave the Apostles the authority to continue His work “As the Father sent me, so I send you” The Apostles gathered communities of believers and acted as the leaders Served the community Worship, assisted the sick, preached
Bishops = successors of the Apostles Other local leaders worked with the bishops, priests (presbysters) Bishops “consecrated” those by laying on of hands (Holy Orders)
Ministerial priesthood Deacons; assist priest and bishops Priest; preach the Gospel and serve faithfully Bishop; receives the fullness of the Apostle’s mission of leadership and service Episcopate, presbyter ate, diaconate
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