Holy Orders

images holy ordersThe Sacrament of Holy Orders

Holy Orders is the sacrament through the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is a sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate (bishop), prebyterate (priest) and diaconate (deacon) [Cathechism of the Catholic Church, article 1536].