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Salute: a flag designed for priests

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 10/30/17

Something altogether different, from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and theCatholic Telegraph:

Melchizedek Village, named after the first priest mentioned in the Bible, is home to seven retired diocesan Roman Catholic priests. The flag of Melchizedek Village is a flag of Christ’s priesthood and a flag for ordained priests. The predominant colors are red, white and gold. Jesus Christ is PriestProphet and King. Catholic priests are ordained to share in the Priesthood of Jesus Christ.
  • Red represents Christ the Priest pouring out his blood on the cross of Calvary and on the altar of Eucharist. It is the color of His sacrifice, which brings reconciliation and freedom.
  • White represents Christ the Prophet purifying everything by his words and his miracles. It is the color of His truth, which brings gratitude and hope.
  • Gold represents Christ the King putting everything in right and proper order according to God’s original design. It is the color of His kingdom, which brings victory and justice.
  • The chalice and host, the book and the stole are signs of the priesthood.
Sharing in the priesthood of Christ, a priest is ordained for a ministry of sacraments and servicepreaching and teaching, and leadership and presence. The three-part ministry of the priest is reflected in the colors of the flag: presiding (red), preaching (white) and presence (gold). The “alpha” and “omega” – the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, meaning that Jesus is the beginning and the end of all things – and the “chi” and the “roh” superimposed on each other – the first two letters of “Christos,” the name of Christ in Greek – indicate that the book is the Word of God, who is Jesus Christ. The Melchizedek Village flag had its beginning in the inspiration and at the initiative of Monsignor William (Bill) Myers, a native of Dayton and a priest of the Diocese of Steubenville, who recruited the help of Father Robert (Rob) Waller, a priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, in designing the flag.

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