The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which adults are formed and received into full communion with the Catholic Church. We continue our publication of the full text of Fr Guy de Gaynesford’s RCIA course, written for this purpose for use in parishes.
This session covers the Sacrament of Holy Orders – A look at how Jesus Christ is visibly present in the Church as High Priest and as servant
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1554-1568. The three degrees of the Sacrament of Holy Orders – Bishops, Priests and Deacons. Episcopal ordination – the fullness of the Sacrament of Holy Orders. The ordination of priests – co-workers of the bishops. 76 minutes
1548-1553. The ministerial priesthood and the royal priesthood of the faithful, compared and contrasted. The ministerial priesthood is rooted in the Apostolic Succession. The common priesthood of the faithful is rooted in Baptism. The roles proper to each. The dangers of clericalism. Clericalising the laity. Laicising the clergy. Fruitful collaboration is achieved when both extremes are avoided. 78 minutes
1533-1547. The Sacrament of Holy Orders, a sacrament at the service of Communion. The concept of priesthood in the Old Covenant, the first-born son as priest, the tribe of Levi set apart for priestly service, the coming of Christ, the first-born Son, our eternal High Priest. The one priesthood of Christ with two participations – the whole Church is priestly with the ministerial priesthood at the service of the common priesthood of the faithful. 84 minutes.