Catechism of the Catholic Church

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1120 The ordained ministry or ministerial priesthood is at the service of the baptismal priesthood. 38 The ordained priesthood guarantees that it really is Christ who acts in the sacraments through the Holy Spirit for the Church. The saving mission entrusted by the Father to his incarnate Son was committed to the apostles and through them to their successors: they receive the Spirit of Jesus to act in his name and in his person. 39 The ordained minister is the sacramental bond that ties the liturgical action to what the apostles said and did and, through them, to the words and actions of Christ, the source and foundation of the sacraments.

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PART TWO: THE CELEBRATION OF THE CHRISTIAN MYSTERY

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ARTICLE 2: THE PASCHAL MYSTERY IN THE CHURCH'S SACRAMENTS

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38 Cf. LG 10 § 2.

39 Cf. Jn 20:21-23; Lk 24:47; Mt 28:18-20.

English Translation of the Cathechism of the Catholic Church for the United States of America © 1997, United States Catholic Conference, Inc.