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Alter Christus

Stained Glass Window from St. Dominic's Church in Washington, D.C. Photo: Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P.

Stained Glass Window from St. Dominic’s Church in Washington, D.C.
Photo: Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P.

The Sacred Heart linking Christ to priests is a popular symbol of the priesthood. In the rite of ordination the phrase “Alter Christus” (“another Christ”) reminds us that, although Christ himself is present to his Church, the priest acts as “another Christ” by virtue of his ordination.

Photo by Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P.
St. Dominic’s Church, Washington, D.C.

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