Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Classically Catholic Memory~ Delta Year Week 2: The Sacrament of Holy Orders

This week, we are learning about the Seven Sacraments. Today, the kids learned about the Sacrament of Holy Orders.

Holy Orders is the sacrament where a man is ordained into the priesthood of Christ. 

"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- the orders of bishop, priest, and deacons."
                                                                                                  (Catechism 1536)

The word ordination comes from the Latin word ordinatio, which means to incorporate someone into an order.

Just like the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, the sacrament of Holy Orders can only be received once. Holy Orders is a very special sacrament. Holy Orders can only be administered by a bishop. A priest can not pass down his powers to another. Another way, Holy Orders is special is how it it is received. It is received in degrees, successive steps. It is not received all at once like Baptism and Confirmation. 
You have the following degrees....

Deacons~ can baptize, preach, and administer the Eucharist

Priests~ can forgive sins and have the power to change bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ

Bishops~ the final and full step, have the power to confirm and ordain, they have the power to pass down the power of the priesthood

Here is another lesson with ideas for teaching about Holy Orders. Another lesson you may want to check out can be found here.

The kids completed a worksheet about Holy Orders.

They completed a fun worksheet about Holy Orders from Look to Him & Be Radiant. They also worked on a worksheet about being a bishop.

At co-op the year before, the kids learned about the vestments of the priests. They made a cute little booklet from Catholic Inspired. Jennifer also has some coloring pages of the priest vestments for younger kids. 

A great way for the kids to learn more about the Sacrament of Holy Orders is to talk to your local priest. I'm sure he would love to share his personal story and hopefully encourage the next generations of young priests or sisters.

Prayer for Vocations

O Lord, my God, You renew the Church in every age by raising up priests outstanding in holiness, living witnesses of Your unchanging Love. In Your Plan for our salvation You provide shepherds for Your people.
Fill the hearts of young men with the spirit of courage and love that they may answer Your call generously. Give parents the grace to encourage vocations in their family by prayer and good example.
Raise up worthy priests for Your Altars and ardent, but gentle servants of the Gospel. Give the Church more priests and keep them faithful in their love and service. May many young men choose to serve You by devoting themselves to the service of Your people.

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