This new Feast was written into the Calendar for England and Wales only last year. At the Office of Vigils, there is a reading from the Encyclical of Pope Pius XII, ‘Mediator Dei’. Here is an extract: ‘Christ, Priest and Victim Christ is a Priest indeed; however, he is a Priest not for himself but for us, since, in the name of the whole human race, he brings our prayers and religious dispositions to the eternal Father; he is also a victim, but a victim for us, since he substitutes himself for sinners …’
At the Mass, Our Lord is Priest, Altar, and Sacrificial Offering – all three. He is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, and He ever lives to make intercession for us.
Let us bring all our needs to Him, confident in His mercy, that He will hear us, and respond in love and compassion. May God bless you.