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Old Feb 20, '13, 8:02 am
Barish Barish is offline
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Default Why does a priest receive Communion while acting in the Person of Christ?

Why does a priest receive communion while acting in the person of Christ?

It's a silly question, but I like to contemplate the meaning of our Doctrines in relation to the Mass. I suspect the answer is simply a dual role (both Priest and in Persona Christi), but I was hoping that 2000 years of people smarter than me might have addressed this in a more satisfying way.
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Old Feb 20, '13, 9:53 am
Fr. Vincent Serpa Fr. Vincent Serpa is offline
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Default Re: Why does a priest receive communion while acting in the person of Christ?

Hi,

When a priest receives the Lord in Holy Communion, he is not ministering in the Person of Christ at that moment; he is allowing Christ to minister to him as do all other Catholics when they receive Him in the Eucharist.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.
 

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