To live in the midst of the world with no desire for its pleasures; to be a member of every family, yet belonging to none; to share all sufferings; to penetrate all secrets, to heal all wounds; to daily go from men to God to offer Him their homage and petitions; to return from God to men to bring them His pardon and hope; to have a heart of fire for charity and a heart of bronze for chastity; to bless and to be blest forever. O God, what a life, and it is yours, O Priest of Jesus Christ!
—Jean-Baptiste Henri Lacordaire, O.P. (1802-1861)
“The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind, ‘Thou art a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.’"
"Listen to Me, O Jacob, even Israel whom I called; I am He, I am the first, I am also the last.”
"For this the earth shall mourn, and the heavens above be dark, because I have spoken, I have purposed, and I will not change My mind, nor will I turn from it.”
“But the Lord is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King.”
“…who has become such not on the basis of a law of physical requirement, but according to the power of an indestructible life…(for they indeed became priests without an oath, but He with an oath through the One who said to Him, ‘The Lord has sworn And will not change His mind, Thou art a priest forever.'")
THOU ART A PRIEST FOREVER
'To live in the midst of the world without wishing its pleasures; to be a member of each family, yet belonging to none; to share all sufferings; to penetrate all secrets; to heal all wounds; to go from men to God and offer Him their prayers; to return from God to men to bring pardon and hope; to have a heart of fire for charity and a heart of bronze for chastity; to teach and to pardon, console and bless always, My God, what a life! And it's yours, 0 Priest of Jesus Christ!
Lord; hear the prayers we offer for all your servants, but especially for Your Priests. May they each faithfully fulfill their earthly ministry in Your Name. May they all one day rejoice forever in the fellowship of your saints. Amen.