Thursday, April 9, 2009

Thank You Dear Priests

Holy Thursday is a very special day for our Ordained Priesthood. The Last Supper was where the Ordained Priesthood was first instituted by Christ himself. And, on Holy Thursday there is a special Mass in the Cathedral Churches attended by as many priests of the diocese as can attend called the "Chrism Mass" at which the bishop blesses the Oil of Chrism used for Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Orders and Anointing of the Sick. The Chrism Mass is one of only two masses permitted on Holy Thursday, the other being the Mass of the Lord's Supper. Of course, the Mass of the Lord's Supper celebrates Christ's institution of the Holy Eucharist, which is especially significant for ordained priests, who alone can consecrate the host in persona Christi.

So it is an entirely, indeed, most appropriate day, to take a moment and say a prayer for our bishops and our priests and express our gratitude to them for all they do.

Dear Bishop James Conley, Fr. John Caulfield, Msgr. Smith, Fr. Golas and Fr. Nick,

Please accept our heartfelt thanks for all your prayers and hard work in the service of our Lord for the betterment of our souls and our eternal salvation. May God continue to bless you and give you His grace to continue to do his Holy Will.

P.S. - One note I'd like to mention to anyone married who is reading this: The Eucharist also holds a special significance to the sacrament of Holy Matrimony. Join me in reflecting on our special relationship to the Eucharist today.

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