› It is a permanent state. Once a person is
ordained, he can never back out. Even if
he backed out, the sacrament is already
in him and can never be reversed.
› It is the process of incorporating a person
into a higher state of service in the
› People who are ordained falls under the
Ministerial category of Priesthood.
› During the Old
the Levites to serve
as the ministers of
› Based on the
› Throughout the history of
every culture, there are
always ministers who
serve as the Holy
› Ministers are needed to
perform the other
› Only males are allowed to receive this
› He should already receive the sacrament of
Baptism and Confirmation.
› Proper studies and sufficient knowledge is
required. Before a person can be ordained,
he has to undergo 4 years study of Bachelor
Degree in Philosophy and another 4 years
study of Theology.
› Love for Christ, Holiness of Life, and Love for
Souls. The ministry was built in order for
people to serve God and other fellows.
› A calling or desire in you to be ordained. The
Calling from God is very important because it will
be impossible for a man to live a sustained
monastic life if you are not really called.
› A letter of request of ordination has to be
submitted to the church by the person who
wished to be ordained. This will serve as the
official document that states that the person
chooses to be ordained on his free will, and that
he was not forced into priesthood.
› Presentation to the public of the candidate for
ordination is required before he will be ordained.
The Bishop is the only
minister of this
sacrament. This is
because Bishops are
the only ones who
have the fullness of
living a spiritually
sustained life. Bishops
are also considered
as the successors of
Anointing of the right hand of the person
Laying of hands on top of the person
ordained. This is the symbol of the Bishop
sharing his God-given power and letting the
Holy Spirit descend onto the newly ordained
priest so that he may become deserving and
Come to our help,
Lord Holy Father, almighty and eternal God;
You are the source of every honor and dignity,
of all the progress and stability,
You watch over the growing family of man
by your gift of wisdom
and your pattern of order,
When you had appointed high priests
to rule your people,
You chose other men next to them in rank and
dignity to be with them
and help them in their task;
and so there grew up the rank of priests and
the offices of levites, established by sacred rites.
In the desert
You extended the spirit of Moses to seventy wise
men who helped him to rule
the great company of his people.
You shared among the sons of Aaron
the fullness of their father's power,
to provide worthy priests in sufficient number
for the increasing rites of sacrifice and worship.
With the same loving care
you gave companions to your Son's apostles
to help in teaching the faith:
they preached the gospel to the whole world.
grant also us such fellow workers,
for we are weak and our need is greater.
grant to this servant of yours, _______________,
the dignity of the priesthood.
Renew within him the spirit of holiness.
As co-worker with the order of bishops
may he be faithful to the ministry
that he receives from you, Lord God,
and be to others a model of right conduct.
May he be faithful in working with
the order of the bishops
so that the words of the gospel
may reach the ends of the earth,
and the family of nations,
made on in Christ,
may become God's one, holy people.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your
Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy
Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
› The power of performing other
sacraments especially the sacrament of
the Holy Eucharist and the sacrament of
Reconciliation. He alone can absolve sins
in the name of God and serve at the
› A priest’s hands and words become the
blessings of other people.