Catechism On Line
Sacraments at the Service of Communion
Book, Chapter 17 (Faith First)
Book, Chapter 15, 16 (Be My Disciples)
In this chapter we discuss the following topics:
Any baptized man may be ordained as a bishop, priest or deacon to serve
the Church. Only bishop may ordain other bishops, priests and deacons.
Bishops and priests proclaim and preach the Word of God, lead us in
celebrating the sacraments and guide us in living the Gospel. They stand
for Christ and speak in His name.
Deacons help the priests. They proclaim the Word of God, can baptize
and marry couples. In Catholic Church, deacons, as opposed to bishops and
priests are allowed to marry.
The rite of ordination of a priest
Laying on of hands by ordaining bishop
Prayer of consecration by ordaining bishop
New priest receives "stole" and "chasuble"
stole - long narrow band worn round the neck by the priest.
chasuble - the outer vestment of a priest worn at the mass.
Anointing of palms of hands of the new priest with holy oil.
The sacrament of marriage which unites a baptized man and a baptized woman
to love each other and to bring children into the world and to the Church.
The rite of marriage
Since our Church places much emphasis on sacramentally married life, it
might lead to erroneous impression that extra-marrital relationships are
not important to God. In fact, God has never defined "marriage". From Bible
reading it becomes apparent that God has never condemned love between a
man and woman, but He always put much emphasis on responsible sexuality
which would be based on LOVE not on pure lust.
The bride and the groom tell the priest and others that they are marrying
They promise love and honor of each other until they die.
They promise to accept the children God pleases to send them and raise
them according God's law.
The exchange of rings follows.
The priest asks God to bless the newly married couple.
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