Today is the eighth day of our novena for the men who are preparing for their ordination to the priesthood on Saturday, May 19th. Today we return to featuring Deacon Craig Best who had this to say about approaching the day of ordination:
The priesthood for me means assimilation into the priesthood and victimhood of Christ. It is about setting aside my wants and preferences for the welfare and sanctification of others. In addition to hopefully touching lives through the sacraments, through preaching, counsel and teaching, one of the primary things I am looking forward to is simply praying as a priest, continuing to grow in my relationship with God. I hope to do this through a disciplined plan of life that involves daily mental prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament, and relying on the help of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Please pray for all aspects of my priesthood but specifically some of the big things that come to mind are trust, surrender, and uniformity to the will of God.
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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 (that is now just two days away!) and to support them throughout their ministry.
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