Holy Orders


The Sacrament of Holy Orders is the continuation of Christ's priesthood, which He bestowed upon His Apostles; thus, the Catechism of the Catholic Church refers to the Sacrament of Holy Orders as "the sacrament of apostolic ministry."

"Ordination" comes from the Latin word ordinatio, which means to incorporate someone into an order. In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, a man is incorporated into the priesthood of Christ, at one of three levels: the episcopate, the priesthood, or the diaconate.


The Priesthood of Christ:

The priesthood was established by God among the Israelites during their exodus from Egypt. God chose the tribe of Levi as priests for the nation. Their primary duties were the offering of sacrifice and prayer for the people.

Christ, in offering Himself up for the sins of all mankind, fulfilled the duties of the Old Testament priesthood once and for all. But just as the Eucharist makes that sacrifice present to us today, so the New Testament priesthood is a sharing in the eternal priesthood of Christ. While all believers are, in some sense, priests, some are set aside to serve the Church as Christ Himself did.


"Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, 'This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.' And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you.' " (Luke 22:19-20)

"I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do." (John 13:15)

 

Fishers of Men Video

http://vimeo.com/9916486

This video was made by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Vocations and Priestly Formation in order to give people a look in on the life of a Roman Catholic Priest and invite young men to open their hearts to the call.


Preparing to Receive this Sacrament:

Candidates respond to God's call and enter into a Seminary program for the preparation to the diaconate or the presbyterate.

Bishops are called from the presbyterate.


Celebrating this Sacrament:

The Sacrament is conferred at the Cathedral of the diocese with the bishop presiding.
 
The sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to  His apostles continues to be exercised in the Church. It has three degrees: episcopate (bishop), presbyterate (priest) and diaconate (deacon).

"Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, 'This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.' And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you.' " (Luke 22:19-20)

"I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do." (John 13:15)