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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Hands of A Priest


Pope John Paul II receiving from the Hands of a Priest

         
The Beautiful Hands of a Priest  

We need them in life's early morning, 
we need them again at its close; 
We feel their warm clasp of friendship, 
we seek them when tasting life's woes. 
At the altar each day we behold them, 
and the hands of a king on his throne 
Are not equal to them in their 
greatness; their dignity stands all alone; 
And when we are tempted and wander 
to pathways of shame and sin, 
It's the hand of a priest that will absolve 
us----not once, but again and again; 
And when we are taking life's partner, 
other hands may prepare us a feast, 
But the hand that will bless and unite 
us is the beautiful hand of a priest. 
God bless them  and keep them all holy 
For the Host which their fingers caress; 
When can a poor sinner do better than 
to ask Him to guide thee and bless? 
When the hour of death comes upon us 
may our courage and strength be increased. 
By seeing raised over us in anointing the 
beautiful hands of a priest!
Author Unknown

5 comments:

Terry Fenwick said...

My thanks to Pam Rose Beeler for finding this very beautiful poem - a tribute to our priests.

Pam (Rose) Beeler said...

You're welcome ... and you are right, I do love the picture. It has always been one of my favorites! <3

Terry Fenwick said...

again and again - beautiful lines!

Marie said...

Love, love, love this picture! Our CSS class had this poem framed and we presented it to our Priest on Pastor Appreciation Month (October). :)

missionariesofthenewevangelisation.com said...

How wonderful, what grace! God rich in mercy, stoops down to lift us high. Blessed be God forever! Thanks to all our priests for giving their Fiat, to bring us life!