Sacrament of Ordination


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Sacrament of Ordination

  1. 1. › It is a permanent state. Once a person is ordained, he can never back out. Even if he backed out, the sacrament is already in him and can never be reversed. › It is the process of incorporating a person into a higher state of service in the ministry. › People who are ordained falls under the Ministerial category of Priesthood.
  2. 2. › During the Old Testament, God already assigned the Levites to serve as the ministers of His church. › Based on the Jewish traditions, ministers are present to represent.
  3. 3. › Throughout the history of every culture, there are always ministers who serve as the Holy communicator with God. › Ministers are needed to perform the other sacraments.
  4. 4. › Only males are allowed to receive this sacrament. › He should already receive the sacrament of Baptism and Confirmation. › Proper studies and sufficient knowledge is required. Before a person can be ordained, he has to undergo 4 years study of Bachelor Degree in Philosophy and another 4 years study of Theology. › Love for Christ, Holiness of Life, and Love for Souls. The ministry was built in order for people to serve God and other fellows.
  5. 5. › A calling or desire in you to be ordained. The Calling from God is very important because it will be impossible for a man to live a sustained monastic life if you are not really called. › A letter of request of ordination has to be submitted to the church by the person who wished to be ordained. This will serve as the official document that states that the person chooses to be ordained on his free will, and that he was not forced into priesthood. › Presentation to the public of the candidate for ordination is required before he will be ordained.
  6. 6. The Bishop is the only minister of this sacrament. This is because Bishops are the only ones who have the fullness of living a spiritually sustained life. Bishops are also considered as the successors of the apostles.
  7. 7.  Remote, Oil.  Proximate  Anointing of the right hand of the person ordained.  Laying of hands on top of the person ordained. This is the symbol of the Bishop sharing his God-given power and letting the Holy Spirit descend onto the newly ordained priest so that he may become deserving and holy.
  8. 8. Come to our help, Lord Holy Father, almighty and eternal God; You are the source of every honor and dignity, of all the progress and stability, You watch over the growing family of man by your gift of wisdom and your pattern of order, When you had appointed high priests to rule your people, You chose other men next to them in rank and dignity to be with them and help them in their task;
  9. 9. and so there grew up the rank of priests and the offices of levites, established by sacred rites. In the desert You extended the spirit of Moses to seventy wise men who helped him to rule the great company of his people. You shared among the sons of Aaron the fullness of their father's power, to provide worthy priests in sufficient number for the increasing rites of sacrifice and worship. With the same loving care you gave companions to your Son's apostles
  10. 10. to help in teaching the faith: they preached the gospel to the whole world. Lord, grant also us such fellow workers, for we are weak and our need is greater. Almighty Father, grant to this servant of yours, _______________, the dignity of the priesthood. Renew within him the spirit of holiness. As co-worker with the order of bishops
  11. 11. may he be faithful to the ministry that he receives from you, Lord God, and be to others a model of right conduct. May he be faithful in working with the order of the bishops so that the words of the gospel may reach the ends of the earth, and the family of nations, made on in Christ, may become God's one, holy people.
  12. 12. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
  13. 13. › The power of performing other sacraments especially the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist and the sacrament of Reconciliation. He alone can absolve sins in the name of God and serve at the Lord’s Table. › A priest’s hands and words become the blessings of other people.