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The Liturgist

by Jean-Louis Coraboeuf

"We have such a High Priest... a Minister [leitourgos] of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle" (Hebrews 8:1-2).

The Greek word leitourgos means 'minister', 'servant', 'public ministry'; it gave the English word 'liturgist'. Etymologically, the liturgist is a person who performs a public service (liturgy). This office was accomplished by a rich person who had to bear all the costs.

As Christians, we have Jesus Christ as Hight Priest in the heavenly Sanctuary. He gave His life – He paid with His blood – and He got this public service open to all men. We can therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace knowing He is accredited to present our requests to God.