As baptized and confirmed Catholics we are all tasked with being priests, prophets, and kings, but those who pursue Holy Orders are called – have discerned a vocation – to priestly ministry in a special way. But being a priest doesn’t just mean you have a particular job title, or are supposed to work in a particular ministry, but that God presents as a gift the grace in order to be and live the priestly vocation. Considering that a priest, through the sacraments, acts in the person of Christ (in persona Christi), it makes since that they would be offered a special grace by God to be able to fulfill their vocation. Bishops, priests, and deacons all receive the grace of Holy Orders.
“Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” (John 20: 21-22)