18 March 2008

"Thou art a priest forever..."

The priests of the archdiocese gather today with the archbishop for a day of recollection and the Chrism Mass. I always find the occasion to be intensely personal and yet mystically communal, experiencing the bond amongst all priests, living and departed, in our sharing in the High Priesthood of Jesus Christ.

Please pray for all priests throughout this week, and especially on Maundy Thursday, which is the anniversary of the establishment of the ministerial priesthood of the New Covenant in Christ's Blood.

Almighty and everlasting God, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift: Send down upon Benedict our Pope, all bishops and other clergy, and upon the congregations committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace; and, that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honor of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen.