Holy Orders
Holy Orders

Participation in the One Priesthood of Christ

Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate. - CCC 1536

As for the imposition of hands, do not bestow it inconsiderately. - 1 Timothy 5:22

That is why I would remind thee to fan the flame of that special grace which God kindled in thee, when my hands were laid upon thee. - 2 Timothy 1:6

[A]nd they chose Stephen, a man who was full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, who was a proselyte from Antioch.  These they presented to the apostles, who laid their hands on them with prayer. - Acts of the Apostles 6:5-6
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