Today is the sixth day of our novena for the men who are preparing for their ordination to the priesthood. Today we return to featuring Deacon Jacob Willig who had this to say about approaching the day of ordination:
I am looking forward to working with God’s people in this radical way. To celebrate Mass and to hear confessions. I know that in my own life, receiving the mercy of Jesus through the sacrament of penance has been a huge blessing and a great relief in times of discouragement and struggle. I look forward to being an instrument of God’s great mercy in a special way.
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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.
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