The Sacraments at the Service of Communion

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  • The Sacraments at the Service of CommunionTwo other sacraments, Holy Orders and Matrimony, are directed towards the salvation of others; if they contribute as well to personal salvation, it is through service to others that they do so. They confer a particular mission in the Church and serve to build up the People of God. CCC 1534*

  • Sacraments of Consecration

  • Sacraments of ConsecrationDirected to salvation of others

  • Sacraments of ConsecrationDirected to salvation of othersHoly Orders: toward the faithful

  • Sacraments of ConsecrationDirected to salvation of othersHoly Orders: toward the faithfulMatrimony: toward spouse, family

  • Sacrament of Holy Orders

  • Sacrament of Holy OrdersHoly 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.

  • Sacrament of Holy Orders

  • Sacrament of Holy OrdersSacrament (visible sign)

  • Sacrament of Holy OrdersSacrament (visible sign)Instituted by Christ

  • Sacrament of Holy OrdersSacrament (visible sign)Instituted by ChristIn the Church

  • Sacrament of Holy OrdersSacrament (visible sign)Instituted by ChristIn the Church Until end of time

  • Sacrament of Holy OrdersSacrament (visible sign)Instituted by ChristIn the Church Until end of time Apostolic ministry

  • Sacrament of Holy OrdersSacrament (visible sign)Instituted by ChristIn the Church Until end of time Apostolic ministryThree degrees

  • Three degrees of Holy OrdersA priestly hierarchy rooted in ScriptureBishopPriestsDeacons

  • Three degrees of Holy OrdersTo do what?Instituted to proclaim the Word of God and to restore communion with God by sacrifices and prayer, this priesthood nevertheless remains powerless to bring about salvation, needing to repeat its sacrifices ceaselessly and being unable to achieve a definitive sanctification, which only the sacrifice of Christ would accomplish. (Heb 5, 7, 10) --CCC 1540

  • Three degrees of Holy OrdersNew Testament: Jesus orders his followers: 1 (Jesus/Moses)1 (Peter/Aaron)3 (Peter, James, John/Aaron, Nadab, Abihu) 12 (12 Apostles/twelve tribes) 70 (Sent by both Jesus and Moses (Num 11)

  • Three degrees of Holy OrdersOld Testament backdrop: Exodus 24typology for Jesus New PriesthoodDistinction between laity and priestsPriests offering sacrifice and ritual mealInstitution of a new covenantParallels to Jesus actions

  • Three degrees of Holy OrdersNew Testament: Jesus orders his followers: Bishops (type: Aaron, his sons) Priests (type: the seventy)Deacons (type: the Levites)

  • Three degrees of Holy OrdersNew Covenant priesthood rooted in the Priesthood of Jesus Christ himselfSee CCC 1545

  • Three degrees of Holy OrdersKEY DISTINCTION:Ministerial and Common PriesthoodTwo participations in the one priesthood of Christ (CCC 1546)

  • Three degrees of Holy OrdersTwo participations in the one priesthood of Christ They differ essentially. (CCC 1547)How?

  • Three degrees of Holy OrdersHow two participations different?

  • Three degrees of Holy OrdersHow two participations different?Ministerial (or exterior) priesthood ordered to common priesthood

  • Three degrees of Holy OrdersHow two participations different?Ministerial (or exterior) priesthood ordered to common priesthoodChrist builds up His Church through the Priesthood

  • Three degrees of Holy OrdersHow two participations different?Ministerial (or exterior) priesthood ordered to common priesthoodChrist builds up His Church through the PriesthoodSo it is a sacrament (visible sign within the Church)

  • Priest acts in persona Christi capitisIn the person of Christ the head (CCC 1548)Head: source of the Churchs life, one body with herMediator between Church and ChristMediator between men and God (in Christ)Only Priest confects the Eucharist

  • Priest acts in persona Christi capitisThe presence Christ made visible (CCC 1549)Bishop is a type of the Father In persona Christi refers specifically to sacramental actions

  • Priest acts in the name of the whole ChurchDoes NOT mean priest is a delegate of the communityIt does mean he is a representative of the WHOLE CHURCH because he represents Christ (CCC 1553)

  • Celebration of the SacramentMatter: laying on of hands (CCC 1573)Form: prayer of consecrationConferred to priests only by a Bishop (CCC 1572)Guarantees Apostolic Succession (575-576)

  • Recipient of the SacramentOnly a baptized man (CCC 1577)Official argument: Christs willOther logical reasons follow given sacramental (visible, exterior, fleshly) characterA gift received (CCC 1578): given only to a few men yet for the whole Church (ordered to the Common Priesthood)

  • Effects of SacramentThe indelible character CCC 1581Cannot be repeatedSpiritual characterPrinciple: to act as a priest you have to be a priestPriests are priests in heaven: cf Rev 14Celibate men who alone sing the song of the lamb

  • Pause!Questions or comments regarding Holy Orders?*

  • Holy Matrimony"The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament. CCC 1601

  • Holy MatrimonyThe dignity of a sacramentMarriage exists since the beginning as a natural bondMarriage is from God (CCC 1603)The sacrament is a supernatural bond from Christ

  • Holy MatrimonyA CovenantA sacred family bondExchange of persons, not goods

  • Holy MatrimonyKey text in Scripture: Mark 10what God has joinedA supernatural act by GodDisciples are confused: Jesus is instituting a SacramentIndissolubility: a logical consequence of Holy Matrimony

  • Holy MatrimonyA sign of Christs union with the ChurchChrists first miracle at a wedding (CCC 1615)Indissolubility: Christ will not leave his Church

  • Holy MatrimonyKey text: Ephesians 5 (cf CCC 1616)A great mystery: reference to Christ and the Church Christ and the Church IS NUPTIAL (CCC 1617)

  • Celebration of Holy MatrimonyNormally during Holy Mass (CCC 1621)Eucharist as sourceReception of sacrament of penanceSpouses are the ministers of the sacrament through their consent

  • Recipients of Holy MatrimonySpouses are the ministers of the sacrament through their consent (CCC 1625)One man and one womanFreeFaithful Fruitful

  • Recipients of Holy MatrimonyMatter and form: the mutual giving and accepting of consent by the spousesConjugal act consummates the marriage

  • Four key/cool points (CCC 1631)Matrimony is a liturgical actIs an ecclesial orderA state of life in the ChurchPublic character

  • Effects of Matrimony See CCC 1638 ffA BOND !!! (real, invisible)Strength for duties, special giftsGrace to attain holinessEncounter with Christ, God (ccc 1642)Children: the crowning glory of matrimony (CCC 1652)Grace to hand faith on to kids

  • CONCLUSION!Sacraments: powers that flow from the body of Christ!The power to know and grow in Gods own triune life, who became flesh for our sake.

  • Final Assignment: Your protestant friend, a 45 yr old teacher, tells you that he doesnt understand why Catholics have to do all these rituals to be close to God. He says Jesus came to set us free from all that stuff. Write an email response to your friend in which you explain what is the Catholic view of the Sacramental economy, giving two distinct reasons to explain why the Sacraments are logical and/or essential.

    Email it to frmuir@diocesephoenix.org by 12/18/12 at 11:59 pm.

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