Laudetur Jesus Christus!
Gelobt sei Jesus Christus!
Praised be Jesus Christ!
Congratulations to Fr. Adrian Hilton as we celebrate his ordination to the priesthood and his First Mass today. This is a happy time for the parish and the entire Church. When Christ established the priesthood on the evening of Holy Thursday, he intended priests to sanctify the faithful people of God. The priest is primarily ordained to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and to offer forgiveness through the Sacrament of Penance.
The priest is also ordained to preach the Gospel in his words and in his action. Through the example of his life, he is called upon to lead the people entrusted to his care into greater holiness. We are each called to imitate and be like Christ. How much more for the priest to be like Christ, whom he has been permanently configured in a special way. The priest is called upon to be Christ in the world.
As we celebrate this holy day, may we all be grateful for the priesthood. For all of those who have responded generously to the Lord’s call, willingly making the sacrifices required to live this life. May we continue to pray each and everyday for more men to respond generously to the Lord’s call to participate in His mission to save the world. And today, may we in a particular way be grateful that Fr. Adrian responded as generously as he has, to serve Our Lord and his people in the priesthood.
Please be sure to say thank you to Fr. Adrian and his family for their generosity and sacrifice. Please also be sure to receive his First Priestly Blessing, which will be offered in the court yard immediately following the First Mass. For those who participate in the First Mass, a Plenary Indulgence is offered under the usual conditions. The usual conditions are Sacramental Confession within a week, detachment from all sin, and prayers for the Holy Father’s Intentions (Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be). Don’t miss out on this opportunity to receive these special graces and gifts.
Please also be sure to pray for Fr. Adrian and for all priests.
Have a blessed week ahead!
“Receive the oblation of the holy people to be offered to God, Understand what you do, imitate what you celebrate, and conform your life to the mystery of the Lord’s cross.” – Rite for the Ordination of Priests