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Chapter 20. Holy Orders • 275

The members of the common priesthood, among other things, are

encouraged “to share their priests’ anxieties and help them as far as

possible by prayer and active work so that they may be better able to

overcome difficulties and carry out their duties with greater success”

(PO, no. 9).


May the tribute of my humble ministry be pleasing to you,

Holy Trinity.

Grant that the sacrifice which I—unworthy as I am—

have offered in the presence of your majesty may be acceptable

to you.

Through your mercy may it bring forgiveness to me

and to all for whom I have offered it, through Christ our Lord



—from Priests’ Prayers After Mass,

Amiens sacramentary

(ninth century)

Like Melchizedek you are a priest forever.

—Ps 110:4