Treasure and Pray For Our Priests
What is a priest? We must begin by purifying ourselves before purifying others; we must be instructed to be able to instruct, become light to illuminate, draw closer to God to bring Him close to others; be sanctified to sanctify; lead by the hand and counsel prudently.
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I know whose ministers we are, where we find ourselves and to where we strive. I know God's greatness and man's weakness, but also his potential.
The priest is the defender of truth, who stands with angels, gives glory with archangels, causes sacrifices to rise to the altar on high, shares Christ's priesthood, refashions creation, restores it in God's image, recreates it for the world on high and, even greater, is divinized and divinizes.
St. Gregory of Nazianzus