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Agere in persona Christi:  Aspects of the Ministerial Priesthood

Agere in persona Christi: Aspects of the Ministerial Priesthood

Edited by Mariusz Biliniewicz

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Proceedings of the Seventh Fota International Liturgical Conference, 2014

‘Priests by the power of the sacrament of orders, in the image of Christ the eternal high Priest, are consecrated to preach the Gospel and shepherd the faithful and to celebrate divine worship, so that they are true priests of the New Testament ...They exercise their sacred function especially in the eucharistic worship or the celebration of the Mass by which, acting in the person of Christ and proclaiming His Mystery, they unite the prayers of the faithful with the sacrifice of their Head and renew and apply in the sacrifice of the Mass, until the coming of the Lord, the only sacrifice of the New Testament namely that of Christ offering Himself once for all as a spotless Victim to the Father.’ (Lumen Gentium, 28).

The idea of acting ‘in persona Christi’ is an important theological concept developed further and pondered upon in this valuable collection of essays. The question of priesthood is discussed by a pool of acclaimed scholars and analyzed from biblical, patristic, systematic, historical and canonical points of view.

The input made during the Seventh Fota International Liturgical Conference is an important contribution to the ongoing debate about the character and essential identity of the ordained priesthood.


  • Levi’s temple service and the Messiah according to Luke – Dieter Böhler
  • The altar as centre of prayer and priesthood in the early Church – Stefan Heid
  • ‘Agere in persona Christi Capitis.’ A clarification on the systematic theology of the ordained ministry – João Paulo de M. Dantas
  • The meaning of the celebrating priest for the actus sacrificialis missae: outlines of an open question – Sven Leo Conrad FSSP
  • The Tractatus Canonicus de Sacra Ordinatione of Pietro Gasparri: doctrine on the ordained priesthood and relevant canonical discipline – Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke
  • The priest as intercessor with particular reference to bl. John Henry Newman – Philip Boyce
  • The deacon and ministerial action in the person of Christ. Fruits of the recent discussion on the specific profile of sacramental diaconate – Manfred Hauke
  • John Paul II and his teaching on priesthood in persona Christi – Thomas J. McGovern
  • Joseph Ratzinger and the priestly ministry. Theological focal points of his episcopal preaching. – Christian Schaller
  • The role of the priest in the third millennium in the writings of Joseph Ratzinger. The importance and meaning of the christological focus. – Andrea Bellandi

Additional Information

Author Edited by Mariusz Biliniewicz
Publisher Smenos
Publication date 28 Apr 2015
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781910388105

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