Righteous Melchisedec, king of Salem

Commemorated on May 22

He was a "priest of the most high God" (Genesis 14:18-20), who blessed our Forefather Abraham and "brought forth bread and wine," prefiguring the Holy Eucharist, centuries before the Law was given to Moses or Christ became incarnate. The Epistle to the Hebrews (ch. 7) reveals Melchisedec, the Priest-King, to be a type of Christ.

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