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Sacerdotal Ordinations and Anniversaries: 5 Reasons to celebrate

josephratzinger-youngI was delighted to find a video of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger) being ordained into the priesthood on 29th June 1951 (coincidentally, Solemnity of Sts. Peter & Paul). The accompanying chant in the video: the “Te Deum”.

The priestly ordination, is like a marriage. The person marries into the Church, just as Christ takes the Church as his bride. Often, the church is filled with religious communities, brother priests, seminarians and aspirants, family members, friends, community representatives, sometimes government representatives, and the parish community. Why is it such a highly celebrated affair? Why is it that throngs would flock to a priestly ordination whether one knows the person being ordained or not? Why should we celebrate their anniversaries with equal effort to how we celebrate our marriage anniversaries?

We list a few reasons that may encourage us to be more charitable to the priests who serve us as we congratulate them on their Sacerdotal Ordination or Anniversary (they may be without friends or community who may remember their anniversary or who wish to celebrate it with equal enthusiasm), or as we encourage those who are still undergoing formation to be ordained. Read More…

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