In this 5th Grade lesson, you learn about the Sacrament of Holy Orders. We will focus on how a priest is ordained and the difference between diocesan priests and those in religious orders.
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Ordination to the Catholic Priesthood Holy Card
Jesus established the Catholic Church for the salvation of mankind. He desires that everyone be with Him for all eternity. “Simon Peter replied, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus answered him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in Heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My Church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven. And whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven.’” (Matthew 16:16-19)
The Seven Sacraments are seven channels of Grace for growing closer to God. All seven Sacraments are connected to each other. Holy Orders gives to the Church bishops, priests, and deacons. This Sacrament gives us the means to receive the other Sacraments. Without priests, the Church cannot have Holy Eucharist, Reconciliation, or Extreme Unction. And without bishops, the Church does not have Holy Orders or Confirmation.
A bishop is a successor to the Apostles in his diocese. Only a bishop can ordain bishops, priests, and deacons. The word “ordain” reminds you of “order. ” There are three “Orders” in the Church. These are divided into bishops, priests, and deacons. Holy Orders is called Orders because it has steps to be ordained.
The clergy of the Church form part of the hierarchy. This means they are set apart. The rest of the Church is made up of religious (nuns, sisters, monks) or laity. The hierarchy starts with the Pope, then bishops, priests, and deacons. Every man in Holy Orders is either a deacon, priest, or bishop. There are some slight variations. For example, a monsignor is a priest who has received special recognition by the Pope. An archbishop is a bishop in charge of a larger and important diocese called an archdiocese. A cardinal is a special member of the papal household. The Pope is the Bishop of Rome. Every priest shares in the priesthood of Christ and becomes another Christ.
When a priest is ordained, the bishop lays his hands on him and says:
“Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty Father, to these Thy servants, the dignity of the Priesthood. Renew the spirit of holiness within them, so that they may hold from Thee, O God, the office of the second rank in Thy service. And by the exampl... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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