As I Have Done For You Continued
As I Have Done For You Continued

“By his share in Christ’s threefold office of prophet, priest, and king, the ordained priest focuses in his person the revelation of Christ in and to the Church.”

 In Persona Christe (in the person of Christ) is a term used to show that it is really Christ who acts in the Eucharist and in the sacraments.  “No personal power or gift of holiness on the part of the minister can assure this, even though the priest’s gifts must be put at the service of Christ and the Spirit to add a fitting witness to the sacramental action.  The priest can never stand in as a substitute for Christ, nor ever represent all that Christ truly is.”  #71

In Persona Christe capitas (in the person of Christ the head) indicates that the priest acts in the person of the Church and of Christ the head of the Church.  This affirms his relationship to the whole Body, emphasizes collaboration with others, and the need for the community to dedicate and draw in all of its gifts to the service of the Church.  “In headship, the ordained minister is in the Church, not above the Church, or apart from the Church.  The Church is the primary subject of liturgical and sacramental activity.  The whole Church celebrates the sacraments—head and members.”  #72   (Aug. 10, 2003)

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