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Monday, November 23, 2009

Priesthood's role in the Mass

Father Mauro Gagliardi, consultor of the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, recently wrote about the special role of the priest in celebrating the Mass.

He writes, in part:

As we see, St. John Mary [Vianney] points to the greatness of the priest with the privileged reference to the power that he exercises in the sacraments in the name of the Person of Christ. Benedict XVI brought this light, citing still other words of the Curé d'Ars, which refer in particular to the office of celebrating the Holy Eucharist. The Pope writes that the saint "was convinced that the fervor of a priest's life depended entirely upon the Mass: 'The reason why a priest is lax is that he does not pay attention to the Mass! My God, how we ought to pity a priest who celebrates as if he were engaged in something routine!'"

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