Holy Orders
   By virtue of our Baptism, all Christians are part of a
common priesthood of believers. We are all called to participate in
Christ’s mission. Through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, bishops
and priests are given a special role in carrying out this mission.
They exercise a ministerial priesthood . Deacons also receive a
special grace through ordination and are called to assist the
ministry of bishops and priests (Catechism of the Catholic Church
[CCC], nos. 1547, 1554).
In gathering the community, modeling Christ’s love for the
poor, presiding at Eucharist, and evangelizing social realities,
ordained ministers help Christians imitate Christ’s mission of love
and justice.
Through ordination, priests become representatives of
Christ to the Church—as witnesses of holiness and love,
preachers of the Gospel, shepherds of the faithful, conveners of
divine worship, and builders of the Church. Through their ministry,
priests are called, in imitation of Christ, to “preach good news to
the poor . . . proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight
to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim
the acceptable year of the Lord (Lk 4:18-19)” (Pope John Paul II,
Pastores Dabo Vobis [ I Will Give You Shepherds ], no. 11).
Deacons, too, are ordained to imitate Christ in his ministry of
service and charity to the poor and needy in the community. (Holy
Orders - USCCB)
  Join Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP, as he explains
what Holy Orders are, what happens at an
Ordination, and what it means to say yes to God.
These questions and more are answered in this
edition of “Sacraments 101,” a web video series
geared for those who’d like an introduction or
refresher course on these important, tangible
Catholic experiences of God.
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