Liturgy & Priesthood

download (4) This is a common fallacy among Protestants. Now that Jesus has become our high priests, priests are no longer needed; in fact, they detract from the priesthood of Christ. We don’t need priests now because Jesus has become our one and only High Priest.

We believers are all priests in the New Covenant. We are the “priesthood of all believers” and there is no need or biblical suggestion that there should be priests in the Church.

download (2)This is a typical reaction to the priesthood in the Catholic Church. Is it valid? Did the Catholic Church create a man-made institution to supplant the work of Christ. The answer, of course, is a resounding NO. The priesthood was intended for the Church from the beginning, practiced by the very first Christians and is easily and readily defended from the Bible and the very earliest traditions.

Jimmy Akin has an excellent article that lays it all out in a simple and understandable way. You can read the whole thing here. See his debate on the priesthood here.

download (3)But here is a simple chart to help visualize the correspondence between the Old and the New Covenants remembering that the Church is the New Israel and would be assumed to have a similar structure of priesthood, authority and structure.

OLD TESTAMENT  =  Aaron the High Priest + Levitical Ministerial Priesthood + Priesthood of all the Israelites

NEW TESTAMENT  = Jesus the High Priest + Ordained Ministerial Priesthood + Priesthood of all believers.

The parallels are always remarkable because, well, that is the way God intended it to be. Welcome to the fullness of the faith and Scripture in the Catholic Church!

 

 

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Benedict XVI Breaks Silence

by Steve Ray on January 12, 2020

New book out on Monday written by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Cardinal Sarah and published by my publisher Ignatius Press. Can’t wait to read it.

FROM THE DEPTHS OF OUR HEARTS: PRIESTHOOD, CELIBACY, AND THE CRISIS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.

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This sign confronts everyone entering the Carmelite Monastery Church of St. Joseph. This was the 1st convent started by St. Teresa of Avila.

Don’t you wish it was on every church door in America?   :-)

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Should We Use the Missalette at Mass?

November 15, 2019

From Jimmy Akin’s blog: Richard Becker, who describes himself as a “God-haunted lunatic,” has an entertaining rant against the use of missalettes at Mass. Being a God-haunted lunatic myself, allow me to counter-rant in the same spirit. In his piece, Becker poses a number of arguments against using missalettes at Mass. Let’s take a look […]

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Etiquette at Mass: Reasonable Do’s and Don’ts for Polite and Proper Worship

October 18, 2019

20 Things TO DO And NOT DO at Mass. These are not rules that will get you banished from the Church, but things that are mostly common sense — polite conduct to enhance our worship and that of those around us. 1. Fast before Mass. It is required that one fasts for at least 1 […]

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What is the Earliest a Mass can Start on the Preceding Day to Fulfill the Obligation for a Sunday or Holy Day Obligation?

October 14, 2019

A question on Mass-start times that warrants attention by Dr. Edward Peters Recalling, in the wake of a some recent discussions of Mass obligations, that I had promised some time ago to set out some materials for use in reasoning through another Mass attendance question, I offer some of that now. This question concerns, What is the […]

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Can you guess what this is? St. Paul would have no idea…

October 3, 2019

Take another look. It has two parts. St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians 2,000 years ago and told them how to properly conduct themselves on Sunday morning. He also told them what they were to do at the heart of their liturgy. If you still can’t figure it out, then visit this site where you […]

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Holding Hands at Mass? Fr. John Riccardo’s 4-Minute Answer

September 22, 2019

I hate holding hands at Mass so this 4-minute video sure resonated with me….

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St. Moses, Sts. Adam & Eve, St. Abraham, St. Moses – Did you know some Old Testament people are Saints?

September 4, 2019

Today is the Feast Day of St. Moses. What? Moses is a saint? Yes, and so are many of the heroes of the Old Testament. Adam and Eve have liturgical feast days, so do Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, King David and many others. The Roman Martyrology (1600) lists saints recognized up to that point including many […]

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Genuflecting a No-No?

May 5, 2019

Several years ago my wife and visited a new parish (new for us). I genuflected before receiving the Blessed Sacrament. Believe it or not, I was reprimanded by the Extraordinary Minister while he handed me the host. After Mass I spoke with the priest about it and he reprimanded me as well. I told them Quite […]

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I Love the Universality of the Catholic Church – Love Being Catholic!

April 18, 2019

We went to Mass a while ago and wanted to share it again. We could not understand a word during Mass since it was all in French. We are celebrating Mass with a church FULL of French-speaking Africans with a white French bishop with an Italian parish priest in a church built by Italians in the […]

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Mass with 2 Protestants and 1 Crucifix

January 5, 2019

A while ago we went to Mass with two Protestants.  As we walked in the door — there it was, as big as life — a CRUCIFIX with the Body of Our Lord hanging over the altar. I knew what the Protestants were thinking — I used to think the same — “CATHOLICS ARE WRONG, JESUS IS […]

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“Call No Man Your Father”

December 29, 2018

“Call No Man Your Father” By Steve Ray I received several questions recently and will post my answers separately over the next few days. Here is the first question which I received and answered. 1.) In Matthew 23:9 Jesus says: ” And call no man your father upon earth: for one is your Father which […]

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Novena for our Bishops who will be on Retreat from January 2-8, 2019

December 19, 2018

NOVENA FOR OUR BISHOPS December 24, 2018–January 1, 2019 THE U.S. HIERARCHY WILL BE IN RETREAT FROM JANUARY 2-8, 2019, AT MUNDELEIN SEMINARY. LET US ACCOMPANY THEM WITH OUR PRAYERS. I personally will be praying for them to act more like shepherds than politicians, more like fathers than like administrators. They need to be evangelists. […]

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Sex Abuse Scandals: Catholic, Protestant and Secular – You May Be Surprised

December 3, 2018

SEX ABUSE SCANDALS CATHOLIC, PROTESTANT AND SECULAR: Article by Dave Armstrong “Scandalous Sexual Misconduct Committed by Protestant Clergy” and it’s original source. I kept hearing about all these scandals going on in the Catholic Church.  I would hear about scandals from the east coast to the west coast and even in Europe.   The secular press was […]

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Holding Hands at Mass

November 28, 2018

My wife Janet and I always cringe at a new parish when it comes time for the Our Father. We quickly bow our heads and close our eyes; I clutch my hands close to my chest (and she does the same) and we start to pray — hoping some aggressive hand-holder doesn’t reach over and insist […]

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