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March 15, 2023
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March 15, 2023

You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek

The journey of a seminarian begins at the Seminary of St John Vianney and the Uganda Martyrs where young men accept to be in persona Christi for the rest of their lives, fulfilling scriptures “a Priest forever in the order of Melchizedek”.

In Christianity, according to the Epistle to the Hebrews, Jesus Christ is identified as “a Priest forever in the order of Melchizedek” the legendary priest of God Most High, and so Jesus assumes the role of High Priest once and for all.

In the book of Hebrews 7:1–3, we read  “Melchizedek, king of Salem, a priest of God Most High, came to meet Abraham when he returned from defeating the kings, and blessed him; and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. By the interpretation of his name, he is, first, ‘king of saving justice’ and also king of Salem, that is, ‘king of peace’;  he has no father, mother or ancestry, and his life has no beginning or ending; he is like the Son of God. He remains a priest forever.”

A seminarian gives up his life, relinquishing all that he was before entering the Seminary, and bends his heart to the Will of God, to be a priest forever.

Their sacrifice to walk the same path as Jesus, to serve in God’s vineyard, to draw God’s children closer to the Father is a holy, noble path. The seminarian offers himself completely to the service of God.

Holy Thursday is the most complex and profound of all religious observances, saving only the Easter Vigil. It celebrates both the institution by Christ Himself of the Eucharist and of the institution of the sacerdotal priesthood.

In this, His Last Supper with the disciples, a celebration of Passover, He is the self-offered Passover Victim, and every ordained priest to this day presents this same sacrifice, by Christ’s authority and command, in the same way.

The journey of the seminarian is first made possible by the community that nurtures the seed planted by God. Our seminarians need our unwavering support, spiritually and financially, to allow their journey to be wholly and solely focused on Jesus Christ.

To be able to continue the work of educating young men to belong to the sacred priesthood, will you accompany us?

We are called to provide continued support so that Christ’s mission is accomplished not only here in Trinidad & Tobago but also throughout the wider Caribbean.

The world would be a much better place.

Thank you for your continued support.


Ref: Andrei Orlov, Marquette University

References between the Messiah and Melchizedek appears in a number of biblical verses: Genesis 14:18–20; Psalm 110:1–7; Matthew 22:44; 26:26–28; Luke 22:19; Mark 14:22; John 6:53; Acts 2:34; I Corinthians 11:23–25; Hebrews 4:14–15; 5:6; 5:10; 6:19–20; 7:1–21; Revelation 1:6.

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