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Question from Kathryn Buonincontri on 7/29/2018:

I stay and sing till after the priest leaves the Church,however many people leave after the priest says,The Mass is over...thanks be to God.Are they leaving too early?

Answer by Judie Brown on 8/3/2018:

Kathryn

Father Richard Rego wrote this beautiful explanation of the Catholic Priest during Mass as being "in persona Christi" which is why we stay until he leaves the Church:

Pope Pius XII put it beautifully in his encyclical letter Mediator Dei: "The indelible mark on the souls of priests comes with the power of the priesthood and it conforms them to Christ. Their hands have been consecrated so that whatever they bless may be blessed, whatever they consecrate may become holy and sacred in the name of the Lord Jesus. Only the priest can offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Let all who would live in Christ flock to their priests. By them they will be supplied with the comfort and food of the spiritual life. From them they will obtain the medicine of salvation ensuring their care and happy recovery from the fatal sickness of their sins. The priest finally will bless their homes, consecrate their families, and help them as they breathe their last across the threshold of eternal happiness."

This is the priest of Jesus Christ! This is who he must be! May God grant that we never forget it!



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