O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Priest, Prophet, and King

Icon of Christ the High Priest

Christ, as Bridegroom of the Church, is priest, prophet, and king. He is priest because He offers Himself to the Father for the forgiveness of His Bride's sins. He is prophet for He proclaims Himself, the Divine Logos, to the world. He is king for all must obey Him as He is God. In the Icon of Christ the High Priest, we see Him vested as a bishop, holding a book as a prophet, and enthroned as a king. Priests and bishops similarly, as the person of Christ in the Church by their ordination, offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Eucharist, proclaim the word of God, and rule over the Church. The same function that Christ performs over the Church, an earthly bridegroom performs over his bride. He is priest, offering himself and his whole family to God, leading them in prayer. He is prophet, teaching them the faith. He is king, ruling his family, keeping everything in good order.