“Holy Orders” is the sacrament through which the clergy are ordained to celebrate the various church services.
II. Institution of the Sacrament.
(1) This sacrament was instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ Himself.
III. The Visible Sign.
There are two visible sings:
IV. The invisible Grace.
The ordained minister is given a divine gift appropriate to the service to which he is called. “Neglect not the gift that in thee; which was given thee by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.” (1 Tim. 4: 14) “Therefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.” (2 Tim. 1: 6) This gift is given by the Holy Ghost who alone can help the minister to perform his duties.
V. Degrees of the Holy Orders.
The Bible mentions three degrees; the bishop, the priest and the deacon,
VI. Ordination of the Clergy
(1) A bishop is consecrated by the laying on of the hands of at least three bishops, because one bishop alone cannot consecrate a bishop.
VII. Obligations of the Clergy
(1) Before ordination.
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