Holy Orders

Holy Orders

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. – Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1536 

The sacrament of service and love which addresses the “order of the Church,” Holy Orders ensures that the Church acts sacramentally, proclaiming the Gospel in word, sacrament, witness and service. 

Second Vatican Council, with its emphasis on the Church as the People of God, reaffirmed that all baptized participate in some way in the priesthood of Christ Jesus. (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, n.11) 

While the priesthood of the baptized and the priesthood of the ordained differ in essence both are related to the one priesthood of Christ. Since the ordained priesthood includes prophetic and shepherding as well as cultic functions, it embraces more than sacramental and liturgical responsibilities. (Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests, nn2-6)

The Church is the Sacrament of God present in the world. Consequently, the Church must act and be sacrament. This requires that there be persons “ordained” and “appointed” to ensure the ordered and proper celebration of the sacraments for the good of the whole Church. Through the exercise of the sacrament of Holy Orders, the entire sacramental reality is expressed: “The good news of the Reign of God is proclaimed, the Eucharist is celebrated, the death and resurrection of Christ are made real and effective for individuals in Baptism, sins are forgiven, the sick are ministered to and healed, human love is sanctified, the Holy Spirit is poured forth, and the mediating, priestly work of Christ is continued.” (Catholicism, Richard P. McBrien)

Saint Anne Catholic Community is served by the Congregation of St. Basil. According to Basilian Customs, Basilians are called to the example set by Christ and expressed by St. Basil, their patron:

“We who have been called by the Lord should remember the words of the Apostle: I, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to lead a life worthy of your calling, in complete humility and gentleness, with patience, supporting one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Remain in the one Body only and the one Spirit as you have been called in the one hope.”

For more information please visit Houston Vocations.