Christian priests


The priesthood is the second in rank among the holy orders. It is the office of a priest, according to the Pontifical, “to offer, bless, rule, preach, and baptise.” First, he is empowered to offer that sacrifice of the Mass which is the centre of all the Church’s worship, because in it Christ, the great high-priest, continually offers Himself in a bloodless manner, and applies that one sacrifice consummated for our redemption on the cross. Next, the priest, standing between God and his fellowmen, blesses the people in God’s name. It is his duty, if a flock is entrusted to him, to rule and to instruct it, and to administer the sacraments of Baptism, Penance, Holy Communion, and Extreme Unction, besides solemnising Marriages, etc.

MLA Citation

  • Father James J McGovern. “Christian priests”. Catholic Pocket Dictionary, 1906. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 November 2019. Web. 3 March 2021. <>