Holy Orders is the sacrament by which deacons, priests and bishops are ordained and receive the grace and power to perform sacred duties, which Jesus the Lord entrusted to His disciples and their successors.

“Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus, it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1536)


“The sacrament of Holy Orders is conferred by the laying on of hands followed by a solemn prayer of consecration asking God to grant the ordinance the graces of the Holy Spirit required for his ministry.  Ordination imprints an indelible sacramental character.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1597).

Integration into one of these bodies in the Church was accomplished by a rite called ordination, a religious and liturgical act which was a consecration, a blessing or a sacrament. Today the word “ordination” is reserved for the sacramental act which integrates a man into the order of bishops, presbyters, or deacons, and goes beyond a simple election, designation, delegation, or institution by the community, for it confers a gift of the Holy Spirit that permits the exercise of a “sacred power” (sacra potestas) which can come only from Christ himself through his Church. Ordination is also called consecratio, for it is a setting apart and an investiture by Christ himself for his Church. The laying on of hands by the bishop, with the consecratory prayer, constitutes the visible sign of this ordination. (CCC 1536-1538)

If you have ever thought about or are currently discerning a call to the priesthood, visit and then speak to your local parish priest or the Vocation Director for the Diocese of Sacramento. Be courageous. Do not be afraid. God is always generous with grace for those He calls to the priesthood.

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St. Paul said to his disciple Timothy:
“I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is

within you through the laying on of my hands”
–2 Timothy 1:6     

“If any one aspires to the office of bishop, he desires a noble task.”
–1 Timothy 3:1 
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