To quote from Fr Robbie’s introduction, this talk examines ‘the origins and purpose of the apostolic and ministerial priesthood in order to show how this final and vital part of the puzzle fits into place and what an extraordinary part it has in the mystery of salvation.’ With specific reference to the high priestly prayer of Jesus in John Chapter 17 he shows how Christ’s prayer for the apostles is reflected in the life of apostolic priests today. The Catechism states that the ministerial priesthood is ‘at the service of the common priesthood. It is directed at the unfolding of the baptismal grace of all Christians’ (1547). Speaking with controlled passion, Fr Robbie expresses the Church’s faith in this sacramental mystery of Holy Orders.
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