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Catechism of the Catholic Church #1536

 

Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to His apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus, it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate.

 

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HOLY ORDERS REFERENCES

Holy Orders, sacrament of, 1536

Christ as the Minister of, 1575

and consecration, 1538

degrees of, 1593

goals and significance of, 1120, 1534, 2686

God's call to the ordained ministry, 1578

manifestation of, 1142

meaning of words, 1537-38

one of the seven sacraments, 1113, 1210

prefiguring of, 1541

presence of Christ in, 1548-50

as the way of transmission of apostolic succession, 1087

See also Ministry; Sacrament(s)

celebration of the sacrament of Holy Orders

        bishop as minister of, 1576

        place and time of, 1572

        rites of celebrations of the three degrees, 1573-74

        signs of consecration, 1538

effects of the sacrament of Holy Orders

        acting in the person of Christ the Head, 1142, 1548

        capacity to act as Christ's representative, 1581

        configuration to Christ the Priest, 1585

        deacons strengthened by sacramental grace in the service of the People of God, 1588

        grace of strength for the bishop, 1586

        grace of strength for the priest, 1587

        indelible character of, 1121, 1582-83

        power to forgive sins, 1461

        unworthiness of an ordained minister does not prevent Christ from acting, 1584

three degrees of the sacrament of Holy Orders, 1536, 1554

        diaconate

                deacon is ordained into the bishop's ministry, 1569

                indelible character of, 1570

                only the bishop lays hands, 1569

                See also Deacon(s)

        episcopacy

                consecration confers the offices of sanctifying, teaching, and governing, 1558

                fullness of the sacrament of, 1557

                handing on of the mission of the apostles, 1556

                intervention of the Bishop of Rome necessary for the legitimate ordination of a bishop, 1559

                See also Bishop

        priesthood

                anointing, 1563

                handing on of the ministry through the bishops, 1562

                indelible character, 1563

                ordination in the order of priesthood, 1568

                of priests presupposes the sacrament of Christian initiation, 1563

                priests share in Christ's universal mission, 1565

                significance of the mission of priests, 1564

                significance of the promise of obedience to the bishop, 1567

                See also Priest/priesthood

who may receive the sacrament of Holy Orders

        ability of a baptized male, 1577

        a celibate baptized man (in the Latin Church), 1579

        a man called by God, 1578

        discipline in force in the Eastern Churches, 1580

        married permanent deacons, 1579

        right to receive holy orders given to no one, 1578

 

 

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