In this 5th grade lesson, you learn about the many members in the Church. You will particularly study about priests, nuns, and various religious Orders. You will also learn about “Papal Infallibility" and how a Pope is chosen.
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The Church is made up of many members as the Mystical Body of Christ. It is composed of priests, nuns, religious or ordered men and women, and lay people. Each person has a unique vocation from God. Let’s learn about many of the positions and roles in the Catholic Church hierarchy.
Priest: A priest is a man that is ordained by the Church. A priest offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and brings Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. The priest hears confessions and instructs the faithful in the truths of the Faith. He is an “alter Christus” or another Christ. There is a great dignity to the priesthood because the priest must resemble Christ.
Bishop: A bishop is a priest that is elevated to a higher level of ordination. Bishops are in charge of the parishes and the priests in his diocese. He usually has a cathedral church. The bishop is the “ordinary minister” of Confirmation. He wears a “mitre” on his head and carries a staff called a “crosier.” When you greet a bishop, it is proper to first kiss his ring.
Consecrated religious: Consecrated religious are men and women who give their lives to God. They live in a religious community. Typically they make vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. There are several kinds of religious Orders. Each one has a unique mission and charism. Religious can be either contemplative or active.
Kinds of religious orders: There are four major religious Orders in the Church, as well as many other branches. One is the Benedictines who follow the Benedictine Rule. Their mission is “ora et labora” or work and pray. They can be either contemplative or active. Another Order is the Carmelites. They refer to themselves as the “Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.” They wear the brown scapular given by Our Lady to St. Simon Stock. They have the spirit of hermits and prefer silence and solitude. Another major Order is the Franciscans. The women’s branch is called the Poor Clares. Both are dedicated to “living the Gospel” and emphasize poverty and simplicity. Then, there are the Dominicans. They are very committed to learning and study. They are more intellectual and seek the truth. Many of the Dominican men are preachers.
Monk: A monk is a man that is part of a religious order. Monks can also be priests but they do not have to be. Monks pray the Divine Office at different hours of the day. They follow a Rule of Life approved by t... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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