The sacrament of the ordination of priests is celebrated for the sake of all the other sacraments. Men and women, who are willing, make a vow to commit their lifetime to serving the Christ and to carry the subsequent spiritual responsibilities connected with the grace of administering the sacraments.
In order to be able to perform a sacrament on and for others, a person needs a strong affirmation, a threefold 'Yea, so be it'. The ordinand has already long started on a pathway of learning, which slowly leads to the inner conviction of the personal YES to a lifetime as a priest. Then the community of priests must also affirm their acceptance with their YES. Together they strive to find within themselves if the godly world can also say YES to this step. Only then can the ordination ceremony be celebrated during an Act of Consecration of Man designated for this purpose.
A vow is given to the Christ. The becoming priest proclaims the Word of the Gospel for the first time, is given the priestly garments and insignia, is anointed with consecrated oil and is received into the community of priests. The sacrament extends a blessing and defined orientation which is irrevocable. From this moment onwards, the priest will strive to live, teach and extend care to others from this source.
The special quality of consecrated oil makes a human being translucent for the will of God. It is used in the ordination of a priest, and in the sacrament of the last anointing when a person is at the threshold of death; it is also used in the anointing of a king. The King and The Priest of all humanity, the One who can die and overcome death, who transforms death into a new higher life - this being has a name:
In The Christian Community there is only one grade of ordination. The priesthood, however, has an internal ordering (hierarchy) of delegated office bearers with specific responsibilities.