Holy Orders

Within the Catholic Church there are many groups and organizations that focus on specific works. Such orders include the Jesuits and the Franciscans.

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What is the history of holy orders?

First Century: Charisms and Shared Leadership * Catholic church traces ordained ministry back to the Apostles, chosen by Jesus to follow him most closely and later to lead the community after he was gone * In Christian communities many types of ministry and leadership were present, some performed by both men and women * Specific duties fell to those who exhibited a particular charism (talent or gift) for that role * From the beginning, leadership in the Christian churches was a shared ministry * Those who held leadership positions in one local community shared their authority with the individual leaders or group of leaders of other communities Second to the Sixth Centuries: Changes in Roles and Power * Church leadership roles became more specialized * Ordination rites developed for each kind of ministry * Towards the end of this period, the orders of bishops and presbyters (priests) gained more prominence * The role of deacon was by and large absorbed into the functions of the presbyters * Power and authority of priests increased; Bishops delegated more and more responsibility to priests in order to keep up with the growing number of church communities Sixth Century to the Reformation: Class of the Clergy * Bishops and priests became more set apart from the rest of the church community due to the influence of monastic life * Some Christians felt drawn to living apart from society in caves, deserts, or in isolated communities called monasteries * Priests, like monks, dressed differently from other people and followed many of the spiritual practices and prayers of monasticism * By the end of the 12th century, being a priest meant membership in a separate class known collectively as the clergy * The sacraments became more and more the realm of the clergy, with the laity participating mostly as passive observers in public worship

What are the two main parts of the Sacrament of Holy Orders?

The 2 main parts of holy orders are the laying on of hands, and the prayer of consecration.

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What is the result of the Holy Orders?

The result of Holy Orders (in the Catholic Church) is an indellible mark on the man's soul that, depending if he is being Ordained a Deacon, Priest, or Bishop, allows him to confer the Sacraments and as such act as a mediator between us and Christ.

As a side note Deacon's can only confer the Sacraments of Matrimony and Baptism; Priest's can confer Baptism, The Eucharist, Confirmation, Absolution through Confession, Marriage, and Anointing of the Sick (also called Last Rites or Extreme Unction); Bishop's can confer all seven Sacraments including Holy Orders.

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What is a sign that Baptism Confirmation and Holy Orders have in common?

Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders are all sacraments (= signs) of initiation.

A sacrament is defined as:

- a visible sign,

- instituted by Christ,

- for the transmission of grace.

Baptism (received at any age) brings the grace of God's forgiveness of all personal sins, and erases the trace of Original Sin which we all inherit from Adam and Eve. The baptised person becomes a member of the mystical body of Christ, the Church.

Confirmation (received by one who has attained the age of reason) confers actual graces upon the recipient, who in freely choosing to be confirmed expresses his desire to confirm the choice of baptism that was usually made by his parents. The confirmed person becomes an adult member of the Church.

Holy Orders, which can be conferred only by a bishop, initiates a man into the priesthood of Christ as an ordained minister. He would normally have been ordained a Lector, then a Deacon beforehand, and may subsequently be consecrated a bishop, which is the fullness of the priesthood. Elevation to archbishop or cardinal and even election as Pope are higher honours, but the episcopacy (becoming a bishop) is already the fullness of the priestly state.

What sacrament ordains a priest?

A person is ordained a priest in the sacrament of Holy Orders. Usually, persons are ordained as Deacons before they are ordained as priests.

What are the symbols associated with Holy Orders?


Catholic AnswerThey are different depending on the Order. The symbol associated with deacon is a book of the Gospels; with the priesthood, it is the paten and chalice, with the Bishop, the book of the Gospels, the ring, the miter, and the crosier.

It is the holy cross and the gospel book. The stole is the symbol that the newly ordained wears to represent his Office. Before Vatican Council II, the deacon wore the stole on one shoulder, across his chest, the priest wore it around his neck and crossed in an "x" on his chest, and the bishop wore it hanging straight down from around his neck. After Vatican II, the priest no longer crossed the stole if he is celebrating according to the new Rite, the deacon continues to wear his diagonally. The Sacred Chrism is used in the ordination itself.


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Holy Orders consists of three different ordinations. In the ordination to the Diaconate, the symbols are the laying on of hands by the Bishops, along with the reception of the stole, dalmatic, and a copy of the Gospels.

In priestly ordination, the Bishop imposes his hands on the deacon/candidate, anoints his hands with Sacred Chrism.

In the ordination of a Bishop, classically called a Consecration to the fullness of Christ's priesthood, the priest/candidate has hands imposed upon him by the consecrating bishop, is anointed with Sacred Chrism on his head and hands, and is presented with a pastoral staff, ring, and the Gospels. He receives the bread and wine from the congregation at the Offertory, and after the blessing is given his mitre and gloves. If the consecration is taking place in his own Cathedral, he is then enthroned.

What is the meaning of the Holy Orders Sacramentum?

The ordination of Priests. This sacrament can only be performed by Bishops and above, in the hierarchy structure. This restriction may have been put in to prevent any schismatic society of Priests giving each other ( Battlefield Commissions) as was done with Medieval Knights- any Knight above the rank of Sir, well could commission a worthy Squire in the Field! Ordination ( Holy Orders) and Confirmation can only be performed by Bishops- and above.

Where does Holy Orders happen?

Holy Orders usually takes place in the Cathedral of the diocese.

What special graces and powers does a priest receive through the Sacrament of Holy Orders?

The Priest: receives the power of forgiving sin and of offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. He is made another Christ; a living representative of the Redeemer, Whose work he continues.


Catholic AnswerThe priest receives all the graces that he needs to fulfill his role as an "alter Christus" (another Christ) for the people. As their priest he may perform all the sacraments, except Holy Orders. He may only administer Confirmation under special circumstances or with the permission of the his Bishop. The Sacrament of Holy Orders configures the recipient to Christ by a special grace of the Holy Spirit so that he may act as a representative of Christ in his triple office of priest, prophet, and King. He is configured to Christ as Priest, Teacher, and Pastor.

from The Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition, English translation 19941548 In the ecclesial service of the ordained minister, it is Christ himself, who is present to his Church as Head of his Body, Shepherd of this flock, high priest of the redemptive sacrifice, Teacher of Truth. This is what the Church means by saying that the priest, by virtue of the sacrament of Holy Orders, acts in persona Christi Capitis; (Cf. Lumen Gentium 10; 28; Sacrosanctum concilium 33; Christus Dominus 11; Prsbyterorum ordinis 2; 6)

Is it he same priest, Christ Jesus, whose sacred person his minister truly represents. Now the minister, by reason of the sacerdotal consecration which he has received, is truly made like to the high priest and possesses the authority to act in the power and place of the person of Christ himself (virtute ac persona ipsius Christi). Pius XII, encylical, Mediator Dei: Acta Apostolicae Sedis, 39 {1947} 548)

Christ is the source of all priesthood: the priest of the old law was a figure of Christ, and the priest of the new law acts in the person of Christ. (St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa TheologiaeIII, 22, 4c.

Is Holy Orders are the most important vocation?

Roman Catholic AnswerThe most important vocation for you is the one that God has chosen for you. That may or may not be Holy Orders.

Who is the Judaism's holy man?

There are many, but I suppose Moses is the No. 1 holy man.

Are women allowed to receive Holy Orders?

No, in the Catholic Church (or Orthodox Church) women are not allowed to receive Holy Orders. A woman can become a nun but that is not Holy Orders. The only positions of the Church that are received through Holy Orders are deacon, priest and bishop.

What are the three degrees of Holy Orders?

Bishop, priest and deacon are the three levels, or degrees of Holy Orders, also known as the: 1. episcopate 2. presbyterate 3. diaconate.

Holy orders symbols and meanings?

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What does CED orders mean?

Contingency, exercise, or deployment orders.

What are the consequesces of not following military orders?

I don't remember what the term is, but it's a lot like being black mailed. You will get a dishonorable discharge, which means you are going to have one tough time tyring to find a work place. Your name basically gets ruined.

How often can you receive Holy Orders?

Once, Holy Orders is the Sacrament in which a man becomes a priest.

What was John the Baptist's childhood?

Both of John's parents were of the priestly house of Aaron. Zechariah was a priest of the division of Abijah. (Luke 1:5, 6) He spent the early years of his life in the hill country of Judea, where his parents lived. (Luke 1:39, 80)

Is it a sacrament of initiation or commitment Sacrament of Holy Orders?

The Catechism groups the Sacrament of Holy Orders with Matrimony as The sacraments serving the Church and the mission of the faithful. The Sacraments of Initiation are Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist. It sounds as if your teacher is calling the Sacraments serving the Church and the mission of the faithful as sacraments of commitment but I don't believe the Catechism uses that word, I could be wrong. See paragraph 1211.