Home Summer School Summer School 2012 What are the Catholic Sacraments of Commitment? By The Editors June 23, 2012 Holy Orders: This is a sacrament that expresses a person’s call to religious life. The ordination to the priesthood or diaconate commits a person for life to their calling to the people of God as a servant in both cases, but also as the “Alter Christus” (another Christ), who offers the sacrifice at mass on our behalf, in the case of the priesthood. Marriage: A man and a woman consecrate themselves to be committed to one another until parted by death in this sacrament. They promise to be true to each other, called to the unity that their love leads them into, and to procreate, to be open to children as a gift from God.