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In Honor of the 50th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination of Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo

The text is available below in Chaldean.

If our Lord can make of bread his holy Body,
How much can he make of people?
Bread, his Flesh; in man, his Spirit:
He pours out his love as on Passover Thursday.

On a Thursday, Jesus took the bread and blessed it;
so he takes man from his household.
Bread is blessed, man consecrated:
One the Offering, one to priesthood, both of Jesus.

 Body sanctified and broken as on Friday;
so the priest is struck for truth’s sake.
Christ and priest together offered:
Holy One and sinful man are both accepted.

Eucharist goes into hearts as an entombment;
so the priest’s words also enter.
Eucharist and preaching quicken
living temples of our God: hearts of the faithful.

In the tabernacle, God dwells in his temple;
so he dwells in all the faithful.
Both in church and heart, the altar:
God comes both to church and heart by means of priesthood.