it was not Christ who glorified Himself in becoming high priest, but rather the One who said to Him: You are my Son: this day I have begotten you; just as He says in another place, You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek
When a Catholic priest is ordained, these words are repeated: You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek
- "Every high priest is taken from among men" - "he himself is beset by weakness" - "No one takes this honor upon himself but only when called by God"
We must Pray for our priests
Prayer by St. Teresa of Kolkata
Mary, Mother of Jesus, throw your mantle of purity over our priests. Protect them, guide them, and keep them in your heart. Be a Mother to them, especially in times of discouragement and loneliness. Love them and keep them belonging completely to Jesus. Like Jesus, they, too, are your sons, so keep their hearts pure and virginal. Keep their minds filled with Jesus, and put Jesus always on their lips, so that he is the one they offer to sinner and to all they meet. Mary, Mother of Jesus, be their Mother, loving them and bringing them joy. Take special care of sick and dying priests, and the ones most tempted. Remember how they spent their youth and old age, their entire lives serving and giving all to Jesus. Mary, bless them and keep a special place for them in your heart. Give them a piece of your heart, so beautiful and pure and immaculate, so full of love and humility, so that they, too, can grow in the likeness of Christ. Dear Mary, make them humble like you, and holy like Jesus. Amen
St. Agnes, pray for us.