Jesus gave us the promise that He would remain with us always on that first Holy Thursday. He chose to do this through the gift of Himself in the Eucharist. The Apostles were, in a manner of speaking, ordained as our first priests on that night. And so it has been ever since. Jesus is made present on our altars every hour of every day somewhere in the world, and it is only through our Catholic priests that this life giving and life saving miracle occurs.
I am always edified this time of year as I read of all the new priests being ordained. This year the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ ordained 16 new priests. They are of various ages and cultural backgrounds. I had the privilege of giving my post~abortion witness to this class last month. (The priest who teaches the Reconciliation class is a dear friend of Rachel's Vineyard in our archdiocese.) I could see then in speaking with some of them afterwards that we were truly blessed to have these men serve our archdiocese.
Please join me in praying for them (pictured above) as they begin their priesthoods.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, grant Your Church many and holy priests.
Mary, Queen of Apostles, pray for priests.