• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Religious Orders

Extracts from this document...


Religious Orders Thomas Kee 5/10 Another way of serving as a disciple is by joining a religious order or congregation. There are two types of religious orders, Apostolic and Contemplative. Joining either of these orders requires total devotion to God and confinement. Living a life of celibacy is hard for the brothers and sisters but they believe that they will be rewarded in heaven, "Happy are those who are pure in heart, they will see God." Matthew 5v8 Religious orders are consecrated to three vows; these are poverty, chastity and obedience. Poverty means to have the bare minimum and live like Jesus did. An example of this is the rich young man, "You must give up all of your possessions and follow me," This story tells us not to be corrupt with money and possessions. ...read more.


"You should send for the church elders, who will pray for them and rub olive oil on them in the name of the lord." This is an inspiration to apostolic orders to heal the sick and is the reason for the sacrament, anointing of the sick. Examples of apostolic orders are Notre Dame, Brothers of the Christian Schools and mother Teresa. Brothers of the Christian Schools, religious community, commonly called Christian Brothers, established by the French educator St John Baptist de la Salle, at Reims in 1680 and sanctioned by Pope Benedict XIII in 1725. The brothers take the religious vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, plus two vows peculiar to their institute: service to the poor through education and fidelity to their institute. ...read more.


The Carthusians were divided into two classes, fathers and lay brothers. Each father occupied a separate cell, with a bed of straw, a pillow, a woollen coverlet, and the tools for manual labour or for writing. Monks left their cells only on festivals and on days of the funeral of a brother of the order. Three times a week they fasted on bread, water, and salt, and several long fasts were observed during the year. Meat was forbidden at all times and so was wine, unless it was mixed with water. Unbroken silence was enforced except on rare occasions. As Peter and Paul gave up their homes and families to follow Jesus, "Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men," Matthew 4v19 Members of religious orders give up their homes and families to serve God in prayer and worship and in community service to fulfill their vocation. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Religion in the Media section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Religion in the Media essays

  1. Discuss the merits of theories of secularisation with regard to religion in modern Britain

    is inadequate as a means of capturing the essence of a phenomenon that is dynamic and constantly evolving into new forms. Secondly, evidence for or against secularisation is highly dependent upon the way in which one initially defines both religion and secularisation.

  2. How helpful is Wimpole Hall as a source in helping us understand the religious ...

    the avenue of elm trees that visitors would walk through exploring the grounds and the large stable block that would have held many horses, possibly for sports such as polo and hunting. Each area of the Wimpole estate shows the changes in fashion from Tudor-Jacobean to Neo-classical.

  1. Memoirs of our journey to acquire Religious freedom

    1648 For a new era a new constitution had to be instituted. The constitution stated that there was to be freedom of religion and equal justice. The government was to be in the form of a republic, with a governor, a council, and san elected senate or parliament.

  2. The Devil's Disciple. Mrs Dudgeon as a Puritan Character.

    Moreover, she always reminds her of her father's mistake "your history isn't fit enough for your own ears to hear." She also loves to give orders and instruct people. She never respects anyone "Don't answer me Miss, show your obedience by doing what I tell."

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work