I imagine that when married couples attend a wedding together, they remember their own wedding day and what made it unique. Perhaps, they also think through how they have grown as a couple since that day, as well. I know it certainly happens for me as a priest!
This weekend, three men for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati have been ordained to the priesthood, one of whom is from my hometown and has asked me to vest him at ordination, which is a great honor! It brings to mind many happy memories from the weekend I was ordained and also many happy memories of my time in the priesthood.
Dictionary.com defines the word ‘holy’ in 8 ways:
1) Specially recognized as or declared sacred by religious use or authority; consecrated.
2) Dedicated or devoted to the service of God, the church, or religion.
3) Saintly, godly, pious, devout.
4) Having a spiritually pure quality.
5) Entitled to worship or veneration as or as if sacred.
7) Inspiriting fear, awe, or grave distress.
8) A place of worship; sacred place; sanctuary.
As we enter into the mysteries that we celebrate during this week that is called ‘Holy,’ we can see by these various definitions this week is called to be set apart from all other weeks of the year, in particular for service to God and to allow us to enter into a deeper worship and veneration of the living God.
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