Holy Orders


 

Holy Orders

Others are called to share specially in Christís priesthood. In the Old Covenant, even though Israel was a kingdom of priests (Exod. 19:6), the Lord called certain men to a special priestly ministry (Exod. 19: 22). In the New Covenant, even though Christians are a kingdom of priests (1 Pet. 2:9), Jesus calls certain men to a special priestly ministry (Rom. 15:15Ė16).

This sacrament is called holy orders. Through it priests are ordained and thus empowered to serve the Church (2 Tim. 1:6Ė7) as pastors, teachers, and spiritual fathers who heal, feed, and strengthen Godís peopleómost importantly through preaching and the administration of the sacraments.