The Sacred Priesthood 4 – The Ministerial and Apostolic Priesthood by Fr Robbie Low

FY6 Artwork for podcast finalTo 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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The Sacred Priesthood 3 – The Priesthood of All Believers by Fr Robbie Low

FY6 Artwork for podcast finalSt Peter writes that the community of believers is ‘a chosen race, a kingdom of priests, a holy nation‘ (1 Peter 3: 9).  How can we understand this when there are men chosen specifically to be priests – that is, to offer the Sacraments – in the Church? The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that there are two participations in the one priesthood of Christ (1546): ‘Christ, high priest and unique mediator has made of the Church a kingdom, priests, for his God and Father.‘ Quoting from Lumen Gentium 10 it goes on to say that ‘through the sacraments of baptism and confirmation the faithful are consecrated to be a holy priesthood.’ Fr Robbie explains how this expression of priesthood is one all Christians are called to be.

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The Sacred Priesthood 2 – Christ the Great High Priest by Fr Robbie Low

FY6 Artwork for podcast finalWith particular reference to Exodus Chapter 24, Fr Robbie Low shows how Christ fulfils what is prefigured in the Old Testament and replaces the sacrifices of animals which have to be offered again and again in atonement for man’s sins, with the one perfect, never to be repeated, sacrifice of himself at Calvary, perpetuated in the celebration of the Eucharist.

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The Sacred Priesthood 1 – Priesthood in the Old Testament by Fr Robbie Low

FY6 Artwork for podcast finalFour talks on the Catholic understanding of priesthood given by Fr Robbie Low.  In this first talk Fr Robbie reviews the the concept of priesthood found in the Old Testament beginning with the earliest accounts in Genesis of the thanksgiving offerings of Abel, Noah, Abraham and Melchisidek. He shows how the law of Moses and the Levitical Priesthood foreshadow the one true sacrifice of Christ and the thanksgiving offering of the Eucharist.

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