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<< Tuesday, May 25, 1999 >> Venerable Bede
Pope St. Gregory VII
St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi

Sirach 35:1-12
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Psalm 50 Mark 10:28-31
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"Sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done wondrous deeds." —Psalm 98:1

Today is my silver ordination anniversary. Twenty-five years ago today, the Lord showed His awesome love and mercy by ordaining me a priest. In these twenty-five years, the Lord has been true to His word by giving me a hundred times more than I have ever given to Him (Mk 10:30). Thank You, Lord!

"How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good He has done for me? The cup of salvation I will take up, and I will call upon the name of the Lord; my vows to the Lord I will pay in the presence of all His people" (Ps 116:12-14). On this silver jubilee, I renew my baptismal promises by rejecting Satan, all his works, and all his empty promises. I express my faith in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. I renew my ordination vows to be obedient to my bishop, celibate for God's kingdom, and poor in imitation of Jesus. I renew my promises to intercede in unity with Jesus, the High Priest, and to lead God's people as the Good Shepherd wills. Thank You, Lord!

On this day of jubilee, I "pay homage to the Lord" (Sir 35:7). I thank the Lord for loving and choosing me. I thank each one of you for your love and prayers. You are a sign of hope, the body of Christ, and God's royal priesthood (1 Pt 2:9). Please pray in thanksgiving with me and for me. Thank You, Lord!

Prayer: Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
Promise: "Give to the Most High as He has given to you, generously." —Sir 35:9
Praise: With his last breath, Venerable Bede sang: "Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit."
Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, October 9, 1998
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 17, 1998
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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