Sacraments of Vocation
Marriage - Matthew 19:3-9
The sacrament of Marriage is a covenant of love and faithfulness between a man and a woman united in Christ. Marriage reflects the relationship between Christ, the bridegroom, and the Church, His bride. The covenant between a married couple is a sacred one, and it includes the commitment to raise their children in the teachings of Christ, if God blesses them with a family. Like God, the married couple creates life when they join, and they love their children unconditionally as God loves all of us.
Holy Orders - 2 Timothy 1:6
We are all a part of the church community, and are all baptized into the common priesthood, but there are some who receive the calling to the ministerial priesthood. The sacrament of Holy Orders allows men to be ordained as bishops, priests, or deacons. This is a holy vocation to continue Jesus' work. The difference between each of these vocations is the kind of work that is performed; each of these vocations deals with teaching the Word of God, worship, and ministering to God's people, but deacons do not lead Mass, while a priest can. Bishops are leaders of an entire diocese, not just one church.
The Latin word ‘sacramentum’ means "a sign of the sacred." The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God's saving presence. That's what theologians mean when they say that sacraments are at the same time signs and instruments of God's grace.
The seven sacraments are rites of the Church that we take part in during our Journey of Faith. Each sacrament is another piece of that journey, strengthening our connection and commitment to the teachings of Jesus Christ. With each sacrament, we are further enriched with the grace and wisdom of God, and we further confirm our faith in Him.