The Catechism of the Catholic Church on Holy Orders
The chosen people was constituted by God as "a kingdom of priests and a holy nation." But within the people of Israel, God chose one of the twelve tribes, that of Levi, and set it apart for liturgical service; God himself is its inheritance. A special rite consecrated the beginnings of the priesthood of the Old Covenant. The priests are "appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins." 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. (CCC 1539-1540)
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I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have conquered the evil one. I write to you, children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong and the word of God remains in you, and you have conquered the evil one.
CHAPTER THREE THE SACRAMENTS AT THE SERVICE OF COMMUNION
ARTICLE 6 THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY ORDERS
I. Why Is This Sacrament Called "Orders"?
II. The Sacrament of Holy Orders in the Economy of Salvation
III. The Three Degrees of the Sacrament of Holy Orders
IV. The Celebration of This Sacrament
V. Who Can Confer This Sacrament?
VI. Who Can Receive This Sacrament?
VII. The Effects of the Sacrament of Holy Orders
TITLE VI. ORDERS (Cann. 1008 - 1054)
CHAPTER I. THE CELEBRATION AND MINISTER OF ORDINATION
CHAPTER II. THOSE TO BE ORDAINED
Art. 1. REQUIREMENTS IN THOSE TO BE ORDAINED
Art. 2. THE PREREQUISITES FOR ORDINATION
Art. 3. IRREGULARITIES AND OTHER IMPEDIMENTS
Art. 4. THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS AND INVESTIGATION
CHAPTER III. THE NOTATION AND TESTIMONIAL OF ORDINATION CONFERRED
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