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Praise and CelebrateThe e ects of the Anointing of the Sick include:• Uniting the su ering of the sick person to the passion of Christ• Bringing strength, peace, and the courage to endure su ering• Forgiving sins if a person is unable to confess• Restoring health if such an outcome is helpful to salvation• Preparing the recipient for passing over to eternal life5. Sacraments at the Service of CommunionThe Sacrament of Holy Orders and the Sacrament of Matrimony are directed to the salvation of others. They confer, or give, a mission within the Church that serves to build up the People of God.Holy OrdersThose in Holy Orders serve in the name and in the person of Christ in the midst of his community, the Church. They serve the People of God by teaching them, leading them in worship, and guiding the Church as a whole. There are three degrees of Holy Orders.A bishop receives the fullness of the sacrament. He is the head of a geographic area of the Church and a member of the college of bishops. (This term refers to all the bishops of the Church, together with the Pope.) Bishops are the successors ofthe Apostles and share in the responsibility and mission of the whole Church under the authority of the Pope.A priest is called to be a co-workerwith the bishop and is under the bishop’s authority. Priests receive responsibility for a parish or some other church o ce.A deacon is ordained for important roles in ministry of the word, worship, pastoral governance, and the service of charity. He is not permitted to celebrate Mass.The Sacrament of Holy Orders is conferred by a bishop through the laying on of hands and a solemn prayer of consecration asking for the graces needed to carry out ministry. Like Baptism and Con rmation, Holy Orders imprints an indelible sign, the character, on the soul of the recipient.The Church may ordain baptized men whose suitability for ministry has been established. Church authority alone has the right and duty to call someone to receive this sacrament.25Photo credit: Michael Bunel/CIRIC

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