This is the sacrament by which bishops, priests and other ministers of the Church are ordained and receive power and grace to perform their sacred duties.
The man who is ordained receives a gift of the Holy Spirit that gives him a sacred authority. Once ordained a Catholic priest administers the sacraments to others not on the basis of his own power, but rather “in persona Christi”. Through his ordination, the transforming, healing, saving power of Christ is grafted onto him.
A priest is above all a servant. Therefore the distinguishing feature of every authentic priest is humble astonishment at his own vocation.
Have you ever thought about joining the priesthood or religious life? Who put that thought there?
For more information on vocations go to www.vocationsdownandconnor.org