The ordination of priests with the sacrament of Holly Orders is described by the Catholic Catechism (paragraph noted):
1578 "No one has a right to receive the sacrament of Holy Orders. Indeed no one claims this office for himself; he is called to it by God"
1598 "The Church confers the sacrament of Holy Orders only on baptized men whose suitability for the exercise of the ministry has been duly recognized."
1597 "Ordination imprints an indelible sacramental character"
1565 "The spiritual gift they have received in ordination prepares them, not for a limited and restricted mission, "but for the fullest, in fact the universal mission of salvation 'to the end of the earth,'"
1188 ordained through the sacrament of Holy Orders to represent Christ as head of the Body.
Catholic Priests receive sacraments at least once a day compared to the lay person who may receive the sacraments weekly. They pray for at least two to three hours per day. The Catechism addresses the impact and value of the sacraments and prayer:
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