Catechism of the Catholic Church

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1591 The whole Church is a priestly people. Through Baptism all the faithful share in the priesthood of Christ. This participation is called the "common priesthood of the faithful." Based on this common priesthood and ordered to its service, there exists another participation in the mission of Christ: the ministry conferred by the sacrament of Holy Orders, where the task is to serve in the name and in the person of Christ the Head in the midst of the community.

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PART TWO: THE CELEBRATION OF THE CHRISTIAN MYSTERY

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SECTION TWO: THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS OF THE CHURCH

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CHAPTER THREE: THE SACRAMENTS AT THE SERVICE OF COMMUNION

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ARTICLE 6: THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY ORDERS

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VII. THE EFFECTS OF THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY ORDERS

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