What is the Sacrament of Holy Orders?

The Sacrament of Holy Orders is what makes men into priests (just like the Sacrament of Baptism makes a person into a Christian). Like baptism and confirmation, holy orders 'marks' the soul and changes it. This really is just as mysterious as it sounds; the Church describes this mark as "an indelible character." Baptism, confirmation and holy orders all confer a distinct character on the person recieving it, a character that lasts forever--in this life and in the life to come.

The character of Holy Orders is what allows a priest to act in persona Christi, a Latin phrase that translates to "in the person of Christ." This is how the priest celebrates any Sacrament, not by his own power, but by the power of the Holy Spirit moving through him.

The Church needs priests. Without men answering this call from Christ, who will give the Sacraments to the next generation? Do you think that God might be calling you to serve Him as a priest?

What does it mean to be called?

The English word "vocation" comes from the Latin word "vocare," which means "to call." To enter a vocation then, is simply to answer a calling--a calling that God has placed in your heart, a calling that will bring you the joy, peace, and happiness that you crave. The question of vocation is not, "Do I have a vocation?" You do...without a doubt, God is calling to you! The real question is, "Which vocation am I being called to follow?"

The Lord calls to you. He has designed you for a purpose, a mission that no one else can fulfill. You are known, chosen, beloved...YOU ARE CALLED!

Will you respond?