From the Administrator's Desk
June 10, 2021
Every high priest is taken from among men
and made their representative before God,
to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.
Dearest Brethren in Christ,
As I approach the anniversary of my ordination to the Priesthood, I can't help but to consider the great gift that is the priesthood. As many of you are well aware, my spirituality is very much guided by the music of the liturgy. When considering priesthood, my mind rushes to the fifth week of Easter to the Hymn for Vespers. In the fifth stanza of that hymn is the line “Amor Sacerdos immolat.” Love is the Priest that offers sacrifice.
Indeed, this is the true principle behind the cross. The High Priest offers Himself on the altar of the cross out of love for the Father…out of love for us. He is Love personified. Amor Sacerdos immolat.
The priesthood of the Old Law definitively ceases with the person Jesus Christ. This old priesthood, if you will, was only but an external consecration because perfection was not from the Levitical priesthood. There was still further need that another priest should rise from the order of Melchisedech. The slaughtered victim of the Old Law was no longer accepted by the God of hosts. As it says in the psalms, “Sacrifice and oblation thou woudst not.” They were but types and figures of the victim who would hang on the cross.
The shadow vanishes in the splendor of the awful reality. The Victim of the eternal sacrifice is upon the altar. At once the Priest and Victim, Jesus during the three agonizing hours of Calvary solemnizes His sacrifice of love. For the Father, for man, for you and me…He offers up the adoration of His soul, the sufferings of His body, and the anguish of His heart. For indeed, love is a priest that offers sacrifice.
On a personal note, dear faithful, I want you to know that as your father in God, as your priest and shepherd, I offer my own mortification for you every Friday. Every time I offer Mass in the rectory, I think of you. On the day of my ordination, I made a solemn promise before God to pray for those entrusted to me and I intend to keep it. I hope that you, in the exercising of your common priesthood, will offer your own sacrifice for your priests. Because remember, love is a priest that offers sacrifice.
You will have noticed in the News and Announcements that three men will soon be ordained to the priesthood on June 29 - The Solemnity of Peter and Paul. Please pray for these men as they are conformed into the saving mission of Jesus through the laying on of Bishop Lopes' hands.
May Christ, the eternal Priest, draw us to share in the infinite sacrifice of adoration. May he always help us to share in the self-sacrificing love for the sake of the other and offer it worthily on the altar.
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Rev. Fr. Armando G. Alejandro, Jr.
Parochial Administrator of Saint Timothy's
Collect for Those who are to be admitted into Holy Orders
ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father,
who hast purchased to thyself an universal Church
by the precious blood of thy dear Son:
Mercifully look upon the same,
and at this time so guide and govern
the minds of thy servants the Bishops and Pastors of thy flock,
that they may lay hands suddenly on no man,
but faithfully and wisely make choice of fit persons
to serve in the sacred Ministry of thy Church.
And to those who shall be ordained to any holy function
give thy grace and heavenly benediction;
that both by their life and doctrine they may set forth thy glory,
and set forward the salvation of all men;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.