The sacrament by which, through the authority of the Church, the imposition of a bishop's hands confers on a man the grace and spiritual power to celebrate the Church's sacraments.There are three forms of this sacrament: diaconate (deacon), presbyterate (priest) and episcopate (bishop). Only men can be ordained in the Sacrament of Holy Orders. But only a special few among men. Deacons, priests, and bishops are called by Jesus, who told His apostles "You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you." Jn 15:16. The apostles hastened after Jesus when He called, "Follow Me." Mk 1:16, 2:13.
Prayer for Priestly Vocations
O God, in Your plan for our salvation, You provide shepherds for your people. Fill your Church with the spirit of courage and love. Raise up worthy priests for your altars and ardent but gentle servants of the Gospel. For you are a good and loving God and to you we render glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit now and forever. Amen.
With Ecclesiastical Approval: Association of Marian Helpers
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