Holy Orders

The essential rite of the sacrament of Holy Orders consists of the bishop’s imposition of hands on the head of the ordinand and in the bishop’s specific consecratory prayer asking God for the outpouring of the Holy spirit and his gifts proper to the ministry to which the candidate is being ordained. This sacrament configures the recipient to Christ by a special grace of the Holy Spirit, so that he may serve as Christ’s instrument for his Church. By ordination one is enabled to act as a representative of Christ, Head of the Church, in his triple office of priest, prophet, and king.

For more information on Holy Orders, see Vocations.