Minister of Holy Orders The minister of Holy Orders is the bishop. “All bishops have the power to pass on the three ministries of bishop, priest, and deacon.” (Introduction to Catholicism: A Complete Course)
How do we celebrate Holy Orders? This sacrament is usually celebrated on a Sunday Mass. The Church also welcomes as many lay people as possible. The essential rites is the laying of hands on the head of the ordinand. (Introduction to Catholicism: A Complete Course)
Requirements to receive Holy OrdersYou must: Be a baptized male of excellent character. Have a interior and exterior calling. Have necessary knowledge of the nature of Holy Orders. Be the proper age, currently set at 24 years. Have a commitment to lifelong celibacy, except for permanent deacons. Study theology and be otherwise trained in his profession, in respect for his proper office. (Introduction to Catholicism: A Complete Course)
Pope John Paul II Pope John Paul II entered the seminary when Poland was occupied by Nazi Germany. He said that the priesthood was a “wondrous exchange” between God and man. While he was escaping the Nazis, he believed the Lord wanted him to become a priest. (Introduction to Catholicism: A Complete Course)
The Role of Priests The priest’s role is to assist and obey the orders of the bishop. They have the ability to administer the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, Baptism, Anointing of the Sick, and even Confirmation. (Introduction to Catholicism: A Complete Course)
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