Today is the second day of our novena for the men who are preparing for their ordination to the priesthood. Today we feature Deacon Jacob Willig who had this to say about approaching the day of ordination:
As I approach the altar of God, I think of Psalm 43:3 which is:
That I may come to the altar of God,
to God, my joy, my delight.
Then I will praise you with the harp,
O God, my God.”
Jesus Christ is our true Joy. He draws a priest to a deep intimacy with Himself. Saying the words of institution, calling down the Holy Spirit, standing in the place of Jesus. True intimacy with Christ is joy. Life in Christ at its core renews us and gives us the new life of the Resurrection in Him. Every time a priest stands at the altar in the person of Christ, he participates in this and God uses Him to share His gift of Himself with his people. What a joy!
I would like to pray for the gifts of counsel, courage, and fortitude. Some of these areas are ones in which I need to continually grow. I also pray that I might have the ability to be a compassionate, honest, and merciful confessor. I know that I will have a lot to learn as a priest, but I also hope to give it my all, to Not be Afraid and to continually put out into the deep! Please pray that I may be a holy priest.
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God our Father,
you appointed Jesus Christ High Priest of the new and eternal covenant.
By grace you allow men to share in this priesthood and in his saving work.
May they preach the Gospel worthily and wisely, celebrate the sacraments faithfully and reverently, and pray without ceasing. May they be united more closely every day to Christ the High Priest, who offered himself for us to the Father as a pure sacrifice.
Bless, sanctify, and consecrate the men whom you have chosen and called to the sacred order of Priesthood. Through the Holy Spirit make their lives worthy of the mysteries they celebrate.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Priest and Lord. Amen.
Please join us for the rest of the novena and keep praying with us as the Church prepares to celebrate with them on the day of their ordination and to support them throughout their ministry.
If you missed the first day of the novena, please click here.
So often in meeting with guys or hearing their vocation stories we hear that their call was first recognized in seeing a devout priest celebrate a beautiful Mass. This is no accident as it is truly the place where Jesus transcends time and space to be truly present with us on the altar and to enter into our very bodies. Pope Benedict XVI said it this way once, “Jesus wants to be so close to us as to become nourishment for our bones.” This is made possible at the hands of the priest in the Catholic Mass! No where else can this happen and there is no more glorious mystery on this Earth than this.
To emphasize this even more, below is a wonderful video passed onto to us by a priest of the Archdiocese on the beauty and power of the Mass. Take three minutes and remember why you go to Mass!
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