USCCB site for The Year of the Priest

The USCCB has put up a nice webpage for the upcoming Year of the Priest, declared by Pope Benedict and which will begin on 19 June.

Check it out!  Click below!

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  1. Richard says:

    Good for the USCCB.

  2. Indeed, Richard. Notwithstanding “Faithful Citizenship,” the quality of their efforts has improved dramatically over the past dozen years or so.

  3. little gal says:

    “the quality of their efforts has improved dramatically over the past dozen years or so.”

    I think some credit is due to his Emminence, Cardinal George,the new USCCB President, who is quietly working under the radar. He is an unsung hero…

  4. Val says:

    On that subject, join us for 40 days of prayers and fasting for our priests, starting June 19th ending on August 4th, st. John Vianney’s feast day.
    check out our poster:

  5. Nick says:

    It is odd to see an icon of Christ vested as a priest. Iconographically the Savior is always depicted as the “Great High Priest” and vested as a bishop. Since the Eastern miter resembles a crown the icon is mistakenly called “Christ the King”, a term unknown in the East. The Holy Spirit is referred to as the “Heavenly King.”

  6. DN says:

    I’m a little confused in re:

    Why ‘renowned women of faith’? I’m all sorts of happy to hear women talk about the priesthood, but it seems an odd concentration. Besides, shouldn’t a *bishop* or two contribute an article?

  7. James Agnew says:

    I would like to purchase this icon…. It doesn’t seem available for purchase.

  8. Nick,

    I noticed the same thing. He is vested as a Latin priest, and I believe that Latin bishops vest essentially the same way as Latin presbyters.

    Here is a wonderful example of an Orthodox icon:

    But it is still a beautiful icon. I like the fact that the High Priest Melchizedek is portrayed in this icon.

    James, I should think that a print should be made available from somewhere. It was commissioned by Ave Maria University in Naples, FL. They may have been granted the rights to reproduce.

  9. Vincent says:

    I have seen icons of Christ vested as a priest before. An episcopal church in my city has a beautiful crucifix with Jesus vested as a priest, nailed to the cross. A crucifix which is, by the way, in their high altar, that their priest always faces while offering the Sacrifice (yes, I know it’s not valid). There are four protestant churches here that have never installed forward altars.

  10. Kimberly says:

    Went through most of the USCCB for the priesthood. Found it very dry.

  11. Nick says:

    Traditional iconography always depicts Christ in episcopal vestments. Even in western imagery Christ wears an episcopal dalmatic under the chasuble (see the old Missale Romanum)which this “icon” clearly doesn’t have. I realize that modern “iconographers” create all sorts of distortions such as icons of Dr. Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi. What a shame.

  12. Nick says:

    Deacon Daniel,

    Your example is equally unusual having Christ vested as a bishop but wearing a royal crown and not a miter. I suppose it has a papal flavor to it but again, it is not traditional. See:

  13. DN says:

    Sometimes I wonder if icon “experts” ever spend time studying anything “else” besides derision. I’m sure your scare quotes were in the pink of charity, but there’s no reason to lump this icon in the group you refer to at the end of your post.

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