Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Sacrament of Holy Orders

Others are called to share specially in Christ's priesthood. In the Old Covenant, even though Israel was a kingdom of priests (Exodus 19:6), the Lord called certain men to a special priestly ministry (Exodus 19:22). In the New Covenant, even though Christians are a kingdom of priests (1 Peter 2:9), Jesus calls certain men to a special priestly ministry (Romans 15:15-16).

This Sacrament is called Holy Orders. Through it priests are ordained and thus empowered to serve the Church (2 Timothy 1:5-7) as pastors, teachers, and spiritual fathers who heal, feed, and strengthen God's people—most importantly through preaching and the administration of the Sacraments.

 

*This text was taken from "Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth" by Catholic Answers. More information about Holy Orders can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1536-1600) or at www.catholic.com