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JESUS CHRIST THE PRIEST

"We have a great High Priest, Jesus, the Son of God, who has entered Heaven.   Let us, then hold fast to the faith we profess.  Our high priest is not indifferent to our weaknesses, for he was tempted in every way just as we are, yet without sinning.  Let us, then, with confidence approach God, the giver of grace; we will obtain mercy and through his favor, help in due time.  Every High Priest is taken from among men and appointed to be their representative before God.  It falls to him to offer gifts and sacrifices for sin.  He is able to understand the ignorant and erring for he himself is subject to weakness.  This is why he is bound to offer sacrifices for his sins as well as for the sins of the people.  Besides, one does not take upon himself this dignity, but he has to be called by God, as Aaron was."   (Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:1-4)

JESUS COMMISSIONS HIS FIRST PRIESTS

"Then Jesus approached them and said, I have been given all authority in heaven and earth.  Go, therefore, and make disciples from all nations.   Baptise them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to fulfill all that I have commanded you.  I am with you always until the end of this world."  (Matthew 28:18-20)

What did Jesus do to continue His work on earth?  To make sure that His work would be continued, Jesus established the Catholic Priesthood, through the Sacrament of Holy Orders.

What is the Sacrament of Holy Orders?  Holy orders is the Sacrament which gives a man the powers of the Catholic Priesthood.

In general, what is a priest?  A man who offers sacrifice to God for the sins of the people.

Was Jesus a priest?  Yes, Jesus was and is the Great High Priest.

Who were the first Catholic priests?  The twelve Apostles, who were ordained to the priesthood by Jesus Christ Himself.

When did Jesus make the twelve Apostles priests?  As the Last Supper, on the night before He died, when He gave them the power to change bread and wine into His Body and Blood.

Did the Apostles make other men priests?  Yes, for example, Paul, Barnabas, Timothy, Titus and Matthias.

How did the Apostles ordain other men priests?  By praying for them and imposing hands on them.

After the Apostles died, how were the powers of the priesthood handed down?  Before they died, the Apostles made other men bishops, who in turn made other men bishops, and in this way the powers of the priesthood have been handed down during the past 2000 years.

How are the powers of the priesthood handed down today?  Today the bishops hand down the powers of the priesthood just as the Apostles did - by praying over and imposing hands on the candidates for priesthood.

What are the chief powers of the priesthood?  They are to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which includes the power to change bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ and to forgive sins.  Other powers of the priesthood are to preach with authority, administer other Sacraments and to bless people and objects.

Where does the authority of the priesthood come from?  From Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity.

Who can give the Sacrament of Holy Orders?  Only a bishop.

What is necessary to become a priest?  To become a priest, a man has to study for about 12 years in a special school called a seminary and be approved by his bishop as to his learning, health, morals and character.

How does a man become a bishop?  The Pope chooses a priest who is known for his learning and holiness and appoints other bishops to consecrate him a bishop by imposing hands and saying the proper words.

How does a man become Pope?  The Cardinals elect a successor to the dead Pope.

Why do priests not get married?  They do not marry because the single life is a holier life recommended by Christ and being single, they can give themselves entirely to God and the care of the people.

Why is the priest called "Father"?  Because he gives the life of grace to his spiritual children, just as a father gives physical life to his children.

 
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