In this 2nd grade lesson we study the Sacrament of Holy Order and the Priesthood.
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God calls some men to dedicate their lives to the Church. These men have special roles in the Church as Deacons, Priests and even Bishops.
A man who is called to serve the Church is said to have a vocation to the Priesthood. Men become Priests through the Sacrament of Holy Orders. In this Sacrament the Bishop lays his hands on the head of the new Priest.
In the Priesthood a Priest is married to the Church. Just as a husband is devoted to his wife, the Priest is devoted to God and to the people of the Church.
The Priest is responsible for trying to get souls into heaven! That’s a big job.
Where did Holy Orders come from?
Jesus Himself! At the Last Supper Jesus gave us the Holy Eucharist when He said, “Take and eat, this is my body.” He was teaching His Apostles how to change bread and wine into His body and blood. He was demonstrating how he wanted them to behave as Priests.
Jesus ordained the Apostles and made them all Bishops. They ordained others to be Priests, Bishops or Deacons.
Rite of Ordination
Those who are called to be Priests are “ordained.” Through this Sacrament, these men are given Sanctifying Grace to help carry on their mission.
A man is ordained only after he spends many years learning about the Church. He goes to a seminary to study. This is a school where men learn how to become Priests.
At the Ordination, the Bishop lays his hands on the man’s head. He calls on the Holy Spirit. The Priest candidate lies on the floor face down in front of the altar! Then the hands of the Priest are rubbed with oil. These hands are to do holy work. They will be holding the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus in the Eucharist.
When a Priest is made into a Bishop he is given the fullness of Holy Orders. That new Bishop has his head anointed with oil by another Bishop.
What does a Priest do?
Priests give us the Sacraments. They also help people by offering advice and help. They are concerned about the health of our souls.
Just as your parents give you food to keep your body healthy, the Priest feeds our souls. That is what happens at Mass. We hear the Word of God and we receive the body and blood of Jesus in the Eucharist.
Priests also do things to help the physical and spiritual needs of the people they serve. He brings Communion to the sick. He anoints the sick and dying. He buries the dead. He comforts those who are sad. He does a LOT!
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