When baptized, the priest or deacon anointed us with Holy Chrism and said: “As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet and King, so may you live always as a member of his body sharing everlasting life.” So, in Jesus we partake of the “common priesthood of the faithful.”
There is also in the Church “the ministerial priesthood.” In this “ministerial priesthood’ participate bishops, priests and deacons, each one at a different level. They are consecrated by means of a special sacrament called Holy Orders.
The bishop is the shepherd of the diocese with the responsibility to guide the flock to meet the “great shepherd”, Jesus Christ. His ministry includes “teaching” the message of the Church, which is the message of Jesus, and administering the sacraments.
Bishops ordain priests and deacons by the imposition of hands and the prayer of the Church and they are their closest collaborators. The original purpose of Holy Orders was not to create an upper class in the Church, but to provide spiritual leadership for the benefit of God’s people; they have being called to serve God’s people.
Jesus instituted the Sacrament of Holy Orders at the Last Supper simultaneously with his institution of the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist. (John 13:1-15; Mark 14:22-26)
Search your Bible and read:
"And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” (John 20: 22-23)
"Paul and Barnabas “They appointed presbyters for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lord in whom they had put their faith.” (Acts 14:23)
“Do not neglect the gift you have, which was conferred on you through the prophetic word* with the imposition of hands of the presbyterate.” (1 Timothy 4:14)
“For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands.” (2 Timothy 1:6)
Prayer for Vocations
We ask that you send your people
servers you need.
Choose from our parishes,our homes,
our schools and universities
an abundant harvest ardent apostles of your Kingdom: Priests, religious, deacons, missionaries and
lay apostles; and have called for You
never lose consciousness greatness and necessity of their vocation.
Oh! Virgin Mary,
Mother of the Church,
He teaches to respond all calls
for the Lord, a yes with joy,
as you said at the Annunciation.
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