Today is the first day of our novena for the men who are preparing for their ordination to the priesthood. Today we feature Deacon Andy Smith who had this to say about approaching the day of ordination:
When people ask me how excited I am for my upcoming ordination I tell them that I am definitely looking forward with great anticipation. I am not excited like when I was graduating college. That excitement was also mixed with anxiety. This is different. God has called/invited, I have responded, and the Church has accepted my response. I know I am not perfect, but for the last 7 years the seminary has formed me properly. I am confident and self assured. Please pray for my priesthood to be blessed with the virtue of perseverance, especially during my future physical struggles.
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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.