Through Baptism, all are called to be priest, prophet and king.
For some, there is a calling to become part of the order of those who continue the apostolic priesthood given to them by Christ Himself.
As with marriage, the priest commits himself to 'another', the Church, the whole People of God.
Like marriage, it is a life-long commitment and requires exploration and discussion with others.
Contact: Fr Ian Byrnes 01323 892427
My dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
I would like to conclude with my reflections on the Sacraments.
This one is Holy Orders.
We see in the CATECHISM OF CATHOLIC CHURCH: 'Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus, it is sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate (bishop), presbyterate (priest) and diaconate (deacon).'
When I was young, I use to play being the Priest at home with my own altar. My young sister use to play being my server. She was the first girl who was allowed to service Mass. My Dad use to role play by coming to me for Confession. When I was about 18 years old, after a gap, I decided to become a Priest for real. I realised then that I was not ready with all this 'Latin Business'
To make a long story short, I went to be a Hotel Manager and got engaged to be married, thinking that the whole idea of Priesthood was behind me. During my engagement, the Lord called me. I then realised he was making the decision for me first, and I was not making the decision but responding to His.
I have never looked back, and The Lord chose a different path in Life for her. She is married now with children. Finally, I realised that the Lord calls each one of us to different ways of Life to show us how much He loves us. Let us all respond to a such call, and even if he takes His time about it. We need to pray for each other for to listen to His direction in our lives.
Share our care in Him. You brother in Christ, Ian.