Sacraments

Holy Orders

In Holy Orders, the baptized man becomes ‘another Christ'.  He is changed not because of what he can do, but because of what he has become.

We all must take the time in our life to discern what the Lord Jesus Christ is calling us to do.  Our vocation is the term that is properly used.  Some men hear the call of the Lord to the ministerial priesthood.  This is a special calling, not a job or a right, to serve the Catholic Church.

 CCC # 1578

“No one has a right to receive the sacrament of Holy Orders.  Indeed no one claims this office for himself; he is called to it by God.  Anyone who thinks he recognizes the signs of God’s call to the ordained ministry must humbly submit his desire to the authority of the Church, who has the responsibility and right to call someone to receive orders.  Like every grace this sacrament can be received only as an unmerited gift.”

Below is a video called “Fishers of Men”…it is a great video to see what it takes to be a priest and how great a calling it is.

      

1 Pt 5: 1-4

“So I exhort the presbyters among you, as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christ and one who has a share in the glory to be revealed. 2  Tend the flock of God in your midst, (overseeing) not by constraint but willingly, as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly. 3 Do not lord it over those assigned to you, but be examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd is revealed, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.”