"This sacrament was prefigured in the Old Covenant in the service of the Levites, in the priesthood of Aaron, and in the institution of 'the seventy elders' (Numbers 11:25). These prefigurations find their fulfillment in Christ Jesus who by the sacrifice of the cross is the 'one mediator between God and men' (1 Timothy 2:5), the 'High Priest according to the order of Melchizedek' (Hebrews 5:10). The one priesthood of Christ is made present in the ministerial priesthood." (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 324)
Prayer for Vocations
Heavenly Father, bless Your Church with an abundance of holy and zealous priests, deacons, brothers and sisters.
Give those You have called to the married state and those You have chosen to live as single persons in the world the special graces that their lives require.
Form us all in the likeness of Your Son so that in Him, with Him and through Him we may love You more deeply and serve You more faithfully, always and everywhere. With Mary we ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.