Holy Orders is the sacrament in which a bishop confers on a baptized man the grace of the Holy Spirit and sacred power for the service of the faithful. It can be administered in three forms: deacon, priest and bishop.
- Laying on of hands
- Prayer of consecration
- Deacon: 1 Timothy 3:8a-9, 13
- Priest: Acts 14:23
- Bishop: Titus 1:7a-8, 9a
What The Church Teaches
The Sacrament in which a bishop ordains a man to be conformed to Jesus Christ by grace, to service and leadership in the Church. A man can be ordained a deacon, priest, or bishop. Through this Sacrament, the mission entrusted by Christ to his Apostles continues to be exervised in the Church. This Sacrament confers a permanent mark or character on the one who receives it.
-United State Catholic Catechism for Adults