Holy Orders or Ordination gives the ordained person a sacred power in the name and authority of Christ and through the Holy Spirit, to serve the people of God. In the Ordination ceremony, the bishop places his hands on the head of the one being ordained and prays that God will give him the special gifts of the Holy Spirit needed to carry out his ministry.
There are three different orders or dimensions of ordination in the Catholic Church: bishop, priest and deacon. In the Roman Catholic Church, bishops and priests are obliged to celibacy, that is, to remain unmarried. Married men may be ordained as permanent deacons.
Those who have been ordained through sacramental ordination share in the priesthood of Christ in a special way. They are uniquely and intrinsically transformed to represent Christ the Good Shepherd for God’s people and Christ as the Head of the Church. In offering their lives to the Father, as do all Christians, they also stand before the Church and minister to the faithful as Christ ‘in person.’ In doing so, they teach with the authority of the Church as Christ teaches; the sins they absolve in the Sacrament of Penance Christ forgives; when the Sacrifice of Mass is offered then Christ offers that Sacrifice; when they support, care and love God’s people, then Christ is present with his people.
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