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Living Our Faith: Sacrament Series — Holy Orders


The rite of ordination bestows on the new bishop, priest or deacon a special gift of the Holy Spirit, which

Eleven men lie prostrate during their ordination as priests in the Dominican order during a May 21, 2016, Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Father Herb Weber, pastor of St. John XXIII Parish in Perrysburg, Ohio, said sharing in the universal priesthood is what has allowed him to be part of the community in which he can also serve in a way that constantly holds him in awe. (CNS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann, Catholic Standard)

enables him to exercise a sacred power for the service, upbuilding and communion of the church.

A priest knows that he is not alone in his ministry. It is not his ministry to begin with. It is the ministry of Jesus that he entrusted to the church.

There is a relationship between ordained priesthood and the universal priesthood of the baptized. The priesthood is not for the priest alone but for the entire community.