April 17, 2007

ANOINTED TO BE A PRIESTLY, PROPHETIC, AND ROYAL PEOPLE

Catechism of the Catholic Church
783 Jesus Christ is the one whom the Father anointed with the Holy Spirit and established as PRIEST, prophet, and king. THE WHOLE PEOPLE OF GOD PARTICIPATES IN THESE THREE OFFICES OF CHRIST and bears the responsibilities for mission and service that flow from them.

784 On entering the People of God through faith and Baptism, one receives a share in this people's unique, PRIESTLY vocation: "Christ the Lord, high PRIEST taken from among men, has made this new people 'a kingdom of PRIESTS to God, his Father.' THE BAPTIZED, BY REGENERATION AND THE ANOINTING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, ARE CONSECRATED TO BE A SPIRITUAL HOUSE AND A HOLY PRIESTHOOD."

Rite of Consecrating the Sacred Chrism
.... WITH CHRISM YOU HAVE ANOINTED FOR YOURSELF PRIESTS and kings, prophets and martyrs. Make this chrism a sign of life and salvation for THOSE WHO ARE TO BE BORN AGAIN IN THE WATERS OF BAPTISM.... THROUGH THIS SIGN OF CHRISM GRANT THEM ROYAL, PRIESTLY, AND PROPHETIC HONOR....

The Preface of the Chrism Mass
Father.... By your Holy Spirit you ANOINTED your only Son High PRIEST of the new and eternal covenant.... CHRIST GIVES THE DIGNITY OF A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD TO THE PEOPLE HE HAS MADE HIS OWN.

At the Baptism of a Child: Anointing with Chrism
God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.... now anoints you with the CHRISM of salvation. As Christ was anointed PRIEST, prophet, and king, so may
YOU LIVE AS A MEMBER OF HIS BODY....

Priesthood is mediation: to be in the middle between God and others.

Christ is the perfect priest, the One True High Priest of the Universe, because he is both God and Man. There is no other priest like him.

Not all persons within the Church have received the sacrament of apostolic priestly ordination.

However, the entire Church is the Body of Christ the High Priest. So all men and women in the Church stand between God and the world. We have all been anointed to turn to God on behalf of the rest of humanity; and we have all been anointed to speak to the world on behalf of God.

Each time we renew the Eucharistic Covenant:
+ we receive it as representatives of all humanity
+ and we give ourselves to it as representatives of all humanity.


7 Comments:

Blogger Mazel said...

This post makes me really happy.

5:37 AM  
Blogger Kasia said...

So...

What you're saying, if I understand correctly, is that each of us who is baptized and confirmed (anointed) is called to a priesthood of sorts (not the ordained priesthood, but a priesthood)...

...and that every time we receive the Eucharist, we are receiving it not just for ourselves, but for everyone in the world...

...so your suggestion on Gerald's blog was that we specifically, consciously receive it on behalf of a particular person, with the intention that it work toward that person's conversion?

Am I on the right track here?

11:31 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Yes, Kasia.

When you receive the Eucharist, the first person who must benefit from it and who also receives again the obligation to live in Christ is yourself.

Catholics sometimes do offer up the grace of their Eucharistic communion on behalf of others.

It is the normal practice for a priest to offer his celebration of the Mass for a particular requested intention.

A priest who is a pastor must offer at least one Mass every Sunday for the people of his parish. Let's say that the pastor presides at two Masses every Sunday. He is obligated to offer one of those Masses for the all the people of his parish. The other Mass can be for another intention, like, for example, for "Mr. & Mrs. Abc on their 10th Wedding Anniversary," or for "John Smith who has died."

11:45 AM  
Blogger Kasia said...

So what I would do is pray in my heart as I'm receiving the Eucharist that the grace of the sacrament go to - oh, for the sake of a name, let's say Hillary Clinton - and if God accepts my prayer, then Senator Clinton receives the grace of Christ living in her and I do not? Or we both do? And if only she receives it, am I permitted to receive the Eucharist again later in the day, or is the point of doing it my sacrifice of the grace I would receive from the Eucharist?

...sorry to be so nitty-gritty, but I like to have things spelled out for me...makes it harder for me to obsess over whether I've done it right... :-)

1:00 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Kasia,

As you already know, at a Sunday Mass the Prayers of the Faithful come right after the Creed.

It is sufficient that during the Prayers of the Faithful (also called General Intercessions) at Mass you silently intercede for others. That is how you call down God's grace upon them. That is enough. By doing so, you've "handed them over" to God at Mass.

However, there is a second point at Mass when we symbolically put the whole universe on the altar. That is when the people hand over the bread and wine to the priest, and he puts them on the altar while he says words to God that refer to the bread and wine as things that come from the EARTH and from HUMANITY.

So, we hand over the entire world to God through the Prayers of the Faithful and through the bread and wine that are put onto his sacred altar.

Other than that, just receive the Eucharist with the intention of being absolutely faithful to Christ. That's what he wants you to do.

1:51 PM  
Blogger Kasia said...

Thanks for the clarification, Father! :-)

3:26 PM  
Anonymous CT said...

Thanks for the post. Unfortunately, I think the meaning of it is too often misunderstood.

6:29 PM  

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