Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Preface for the Priesthood (Chrism Mass)

Father, all-powerful and ever-living God, we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks.  By your Holy Spirit you anointed your only Son High Priest of the new and eternal covenant.  With wisdom and love you have planned that this one priesthood should continue in the Church.  
Christ gives the dignity of a royal priesthood to the people he has made his own.  From these, with a brother's love, he chooses men to share his sacred ministry by the laying on of hands.
He appoints them to renew in his name the sacrifice of our redemption as they set before your family his paschal meal.  He calls them to lead your holy people in love, nourish them by your word, and strengthen them through the sacraments.
Father, they are to give their lives in your service and for the salvation of your people as they strive to grow in likeness of Christ and honor you by their courageous witness of faith and love.
We praise you, Lord, with all the angels and saints in their song of joy:

Holy, Holy, Holy....

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