Holy Orders: There are Three Levels of Holy Orders -Bishop – Priest – Deacon. Each level of Holy Orders participates in Christ the Head who is The Priest, The Prophet, The King.
From “Christ the Light of the Nations”: The Lord Jesus, after praying to the Father, calling to Himself those whom He desired, appointed twelve to be with Him, and whom He would send to preach the Kingdom of God; and these apostles He formed after the manner of a college or a stable group, over which He placed Peter chosen from among them. So that as sharers in His power they might make all peoples His disciples, and sanctify and govern them, and thus spread His Church, and by ministering to it under the guidance of the Lord, direct it all days even to the consummation of the world. And in this mission, they were fully confirmed on the day of Pentecost in accordance with the Lord’s promise.
The divine mission, entrusted by Christ to the apostles, will last until the end of the world since the Gospel they are to teach is for all time the source of all life for the Church. And for this reason, the apostles, appointed as rulers in this society, took care to appoint successors. For they not only had helpers in their ministry but also, in order that the mission assigned to them might continue after their death, they, therefore, appointed such men and gave them the order that, when they should have died, other approved men would take up their ministry.
Bishops, therefore, with their helpers, the priests and deacons, have taken up the service of the community, presiding in place of God over the flock, whose shepherds they are, as teachers for doctrine, priests for sacred worship, and ministers for governing.
For Priestly Vocations:
Look kindly, we pray, O Lord, on our Diocese. Enkindle in the hearts our catholic a deep desire to serve you. May they be open to your call to become dedicated and holy as priests and deacons. Give them the courage to overcome their fears and the wisdom to hear your special call for them. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Lord of the harvest inspires in many men the desire to serve you in the Priesthood. Give them courage and wisdom to respond to your invitation by saying: “Yes Lord, I am here, I have come to do your will.” We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Daily Prayer for Priests
Eternal Father, thank you for all priests, here in our Parish, in our Diocese and throughout the world. Thank you for the way they preach the Gospel, celebrate the Eucharist and care for Your people. Sanctify, heal and guide them. Incline them to constant Adoration and Thanksgiving. Mould them into the likeness of Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest. Send Your Holy Spirit to keep the joy and enthusiasm of their Ordination Day alive in their hearts. We ask you to bless our Bishop, our Priests and Seminarians of our Diocese. We ask for a special blessing on N. May their witness to Christ inspire other men to offer their lives to you and your Church. Amen.
Saint John Vianney, pray for all priests.
Saint John Vianney, Pray for us all.