Texts for the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest (Thursday after Pentecost)

See the source imageIn 2013,  Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest was inserted into the proper Calendar of England and the proper Calendar of Wales, with the rank of feast, on the Thursday after Pentecost. This new feast was celebrated for the first time in England and Wales in 2018. It was instituted to honour Jesus Christ, who serves humankind as High Priest, mediator of God’s saving graces. It is also a day on which we celebrate the sacramental participation in Christ’s ministry by those ordained as bishops and priests in the Church for the service of God’s people.

The complete texts issued by the Liturgy Office include the Decree, full texts of readings and prayers for the Mass and Liturgy of the Hours, Roman Martyrology, and Hymns with musical notation.

The second reading for the Office of Readings for the Feast (from the Encyclical Mediator Dei of Pope Pius XII) reminds of how all the faithful are called to share in the priesthood of Christ, in their different states of life:

Christ, Priest and Victim
Christ is a Priest indeed; however, he is a Priest not for himself but for us, since, in the name of the whole human race, he brings our prayers and religious dispositions to the eternal Father; he is also a victim, but a victim for us, since he substitutes himself for sinners.
Now the exhortation of the Apostle, ‘Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,’ demands that all Christians should possess, as far as is humanly possible, the same dispositions as those which the divine Redeemer had when he offered himself in sacrifice: that is to say, they should with a humble attitude of mind, offer adoration, honour, praise and thanksgiving to the supreme majesty of God.
Moreover, it demands that they must assume in some way the condition of a victim, that they deny themselves as the Gospel commands, that freely and of their own accord they do penance and that each detests and makes satisfaction for his sins.
It demands, in a word, that we must all undergo with Christ a mystical death on the Cross so that we can apply to ourselves the words of St. Paul, ‘I have been crucified with Christ’ (Galatians 2:19).

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