Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Hands of Jesus: The Hands of Priests

From the USCCB comes this explanation of the anointing of the hands of a newly ordained priest at his ordination to the Catholic Priesthood: "Anointing with oil stems from the Old Testament and indicates that someone or something is being set apart for a sacred task or duty. The anointing of the hands signifies that the hands of the newly ordained priest are being prepared for the sacred duties and vessels which will be part of the priestly ministry, for example, offering the bread and wine, anointing the sick and blessing people. The bishop says as he anoints the hands: 'The Father anointed our Lord Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. May Jesus preserve you to sanctify the Christian people and to offer sacrifice to God.' "
Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest, Mother of all priests, and our Mother, help us respond generously to the Holy Spirit's request, through the voice of His Church, to offer up to God Eucharistic adoration for priests. Amen.

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