34. The sacrament of order
1. The sacrament of order
The Holy Order is the sacrament by which some Christians are elevated to the dignity of being ministers of God.
To satisfy the necessities of the Church and of the civil society, Jesus Christ instituted the Holy Orders and the Marriage, to bring salvation. They are known as sacrament at the service of community.
The bishops and priests receive the Holy Orders, which entitled them to act in the name of Jesus Christ, head of the Church. But all believers take part in the priesthood of Christ by the common priesthood of the faithful ones.
The Holy Orders were instituted by Jesus Christ during the Last Supper, when He ordered to his apostles and successors to renovate his sacrifice in the cross during the Mass. He said: “Do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22,19). On the Resurrection day He gave to them the power to forgive sins.
This sacrament has three levels: Bishops, Priests and Deacons. The deacons' task is to help the priests and bishops.