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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

43- Priests

 

St-Takla.org Image: Reverend Coptic priests of Saint Takla Haymanot Coptic Orthodox Church, Alexandria, Egypt. Right to left: Fr. Takla William, Fr. Kirillos Kolta, Fr. Angelos Fathy, Fr. Karas Ibrahim and Fr. Philemon Soubhy

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: الآباء الكهنة بكنيسة الأنبا تكلا هيمانوت القبطية الأرثوذكسية، الإسكندرية، مصر. من اليمين إلى اليسار: أبونا القس تكلا وليم، أبونا القمص كيرلس قلته، أبونا القس أنجيلوس فتحي، أبونا القس كاراس إبراهيم، أبونا القس فليمون صبحي

[1] Clergy of All Grades Are Called Priests

For example, in the military, all are soldiers , but differ in rank from General to the Private.

[2] The Lord Jesus, The Chief Priest Is Referred To As Priest

(Heb 7:21) (for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him: "The LORD has sworn And will not relent, 'You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek'"),

(Psa 110:4) The LORD has sworn And will not relent, "You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek."

He is also called a High Priest

(Heb 7:26) For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens;

(Heb 8:1) Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,

(Heb 4:14) Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.

(Heb 5:1) For every high priest taken from among men is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins.

(Heb 5:10) called by God as High Priest "according to the order of Melchizedek,"

(Heb 8:3) For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore it is necessary that this One also have something to offer.

[3] Saint Paul Is Called Priest

Saint Paul called himself a Priest on various occasions. The word Priest was repeated several times in the New Testament, but it is regrettable to report that our brethren of the Evangelical denominations have elected to replace the word with “Elder”. The Roman Catholic Translation is more accurate.


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