Holy Orders

"Here I am, send me." (Is 6:8)

سر "الكهنوت"- سر الكهنوت هو السر الذي يكفل استمرار الرسالة التي وكلها المسيح إلى تلاميذه ناشطة في الكنيسة حتى منتهى الازمنة: هو اذن سر الخدمة الرسولية، ويتضمن ثلاث رتب: الاسقفية، والكهنوت، والشماسية. في شأن الخدمة الرسولية ، من ناحية تأسيسها ورسالتها من قبل المسيح، انظر الارقام . واما هنا فلا نعالج الا الطريقة الاسرارية التي يتم بها توارث هذه الخدمة

from the moment of Jesus' conception in the womb of Mary until his Resurrection, he was filled with the Holy Spirit.  In biblical language, he was anointed by the Holy Spirit and thus established by God the Father as our high priest. As Risen Lord, he remains our high priest. . . . While all the baptized share in Christ's priesthood, the ministerial priesthood shares this through the Sacrament of Holy Orders in a special way. 

Beit Jala, Palestine, is the home of the largest and oldest Latin Seminary in the Middle East, educating and producing thousands of priests serving the Lord throughout the Middle East and outside. In 2020 the Diocese of Jerusalem celebrated 30 ordinations (7-priests, 14-Deacons while 4 acolytes and 5 lectors were instituted). Michael Munther Althib, from our Parish, is currently studying at the Seminary and expected to be ordained in the Summer of 2022.

Ordination to the priesthood is always a call and a gift from God. Christ reminded his Apostles that they needed to ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into the harvest.  Those who seek priesthood respond generously to God's call using the words of the prophet, "Here I am, send me" (Is 6:8).  This call from God can be recognized and understood from the daily signs that disclose his will to those in charge of discerning the vocation of the candidate.