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Year of Faith
The Sacrament of Matrimony Print E-mail
Year of Faith
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 -- 12:00 AM

By Abbot Marcel Rooney, OSB

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This is the last article in the Abbot’s special Year of Faith series on the seven sacraments.

Rooted in scriptural images

The Catechism of the Catholic Church notes: “Sacred Scripture begins with the creation of man and woman in the image and likeness of God and concludes with the vision of the ‘wedding-feast of the Lamb’” (CCC 1602; Rev 19:7, 9; Gen 1:26-27).

No wonder that the Church’s theology of the Sacrament of Matrimony is deeply rooted in sacred Scripture.

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The Sacrament of Holy Orders, part two Print E-mail
Year of Faith
Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 -- 12:00 AM

By Abbot Marcel Rooney, OSB

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This is the second installment in a two-part series on the Sacrament of Holy Orders.

The ordination of priests

From the outset, the Rite of Ordination of a Priest places this sacrament in the context of Jesus, our great High Priest, choosing “certain disciples to carry out publically in His Name, and on behalf of mankind, a priestly office in the Church.”

As such, priests are called to be co-workers with the order of bishops.

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The Sacrament of Holy Orders, part one Print E-mail
Year of Faith
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 -- 12:00 AM

By Abbot Marcel Rooney, OSB

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This is the first installment in a two-part series on the Sacrament of Holy Orders.
Priesthood in the New Testament

In the writings of the New Testament, Jesus Christ is the only priest, the sole mediator between God and humanity. This privilege comes from God’s special designation of Him at His baptism, as well as His redeeming work by the Paschal Mystery — His death, resurrection, and ascension.

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