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FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 1961 THE OBSERVER PAGE 7 The Sacrament of Orders gives men a shar- l'ng in this priesthood of Christ. In his ency- clical, Mediator Dei, Pope Plus XII expresses this supernatural and sacramental nature of the Catholic priesthood as a sharing in the priesthood of Jesus Christ: "The priestly life which the divine Re- deemer had begun in His mortal body was not finished. He willed it to continue unceaso iQthrough the ages in His Mystical Body, wlY~'h is the Church Accordingly the Church. at the bidding of her Founder. con- tinues the priestly office of Jesus Christ, especially in the liturgy 'The divine Redeemer desired that the priestly life which He had begun in His mor- tal body with prayer and sacrifice should be continued through the ages in His Mystical Body, the Church. For this reason He ap- pointed a visible priesthood, so that in every place a clean oblation might be brought and that men might thus from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof, freely and gladly serve God, following the call of his conscience and free from sin." ill ~= =': =~:' WORK OF THE PRIEST The spiritual power of the priest to enable men to attain salvation is expressed in the Rite of Ordination in the following words: "The office of the priest is to offer sacrifice, to. bless, to govern, to preach and to baptize." The supernatural nature of the work and its necessity is stressed by Pope Pius XII in his encyclical "menti Nostrae": IN THE SACRISTY--The newly ordained priests using lemon and bread remove the holy oil from their anointed hands after removing the symbolical white bands with which they were bound. This act has no special religious significance but fills in the details for those who want to know everything about the ordination of a priest. This Jaappens during the Gospel of the Mass after which the newly ordained return to the sanctuary' and begin to offer Mass with the ordaining Bishop at the O ffertory. (Herzog photo} AFTER COMMUNION---The Rev. Lawrence Urbaniak, newly ordained, is presented the chalice after Communion in the ordination ceremony held in Rockford last Saturday. Pre- senting the chalice is the assistant master of ceremonies, The Rev. Philip L. Kennedy. The priests who have celebrated Mass with the Bishop then pray with him: "May Thy body, O Lord, which I have received . . . cleave unto my soul; and grant that no stain of sin may remain in me after these pure and holy mysteries have refreshed me." (Herzog photo) " The priesthood is a great gift of the Divine Redeemer, Who. in order to perpe- tuate the work of the redemption of the hu- man race which He completed on the Cross, confided His powers to the Church which He wished to be a participator in His unique and everlasting Priesthood. The priest is like "an. other Christ" because he is marked with an indelible character making him, as it were a living image of our Savior. 'The priest represents ~hrist who said "As ther has sent Me, I als9 send you"; (St. ) and "he who hears you, hears me." (St. Luke 10:16) 'Admitted to this most sublime mln stry by a call from heaven, "he js appointed for men in the things pertaining to God, that he may offer gifts and sacrifices for sins." (Hebrews 5:1) 'To him must come anyone who wishes to live the life of the Divine Redeemer and who desires to receive strength, comfort and nour- ishment for his soul; from him the salutary medicine must be sought by anyone who wishes to rise from sin and lead a good life. Hence all priests may apply to themselves with full right the words of the Apostle of the Gentiles: "We are God's helpers." (I Co- rinthians 3:9) THEIR OFFERING--At the~Offertory of the Mass, each of the 'six newly ordained priests presented to Bishop Lane a lighted candle signifying the bringing of gifts to the Altar and the giving of their lives for the service of Christ in His Church. In this photo, the Rev, Thomas J. Dempsey and the Rev. Harold J. Heineman are shown making the presentation. (Herzog photo) WHOSE SINS YOU FORGIVE--Mter the Communion of the Mass, a special ceremony of the imposition of hands is used to express the bestowal of the priestly power to forgive sins. Bishop Lane, seated, repeated Christ's words: "Receive the Holy Spirit; whose sins you shall forgive they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained." After this, the chasuble which has remained folded is now unfolded Ls the Bishop says: "May the Lord clothe thee with the robe of innocence." (HerzQg photo) 5"HE PEACE OF THE LORD--In the ordination ceremonies Bishop Lane asks the newly ordained priest "Dost thou prom- ise me and my successors reverence and obeedience?" After giving the promise of obedience the newly ordained receives the kiss of peace as a p =~ise that the practice of obedience is the source of happiness in the hierarchial government of the Church as Christ established it. Pictured standing behind Bishop Lane is the Very Rev. Raymond J. Wahl, chancellor, Who ~ssisted during the ordination ceremony. (Herzog photo) FIRST BLESSING: An impressive scene of the ordination ceremony in St. James Pro-Ca- thedral was enacted at the conclusion of the ceremonies when the six newly ordained priests gave their first blessing to the ordaining prelate. Shown in this photo giving the blessing to Bishop Lane is The Eev. James M. O'Brien, Elgin, followed by the Rev. Thomas J. Dempsey, Chicago. The words of the priestly blessing are: "May the blessing of Al- mighty God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, descend upon 7ou and remxin for. over." (Herzog photo) GREAT SPIRITUAL JOY--Mr. and Mrs. Earl H. Heineman, St. Mary parish, Huntley, kneel in ~t. James Pro-Cathedral to receive the first blessing of their son, the Rev. Harold Heineman. Shown to the left giving his first blessing is the Rev. William P. Staff. This .in- spiring moment.teaches most graphically that the Christian home is the cradle of priestly vocations. Scenes such as this should serve to impress parents that the sacrifices made to foster vocations to the priesthood are more than amply rewarded, (Herzog photo) /