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I am very confused by the placement of Melchizedek in the commemoration of the saints that we chant in Tasbeha and the order of intercessions and prayers in general. Isn't Melchizedek a form of the pre-incarnate Christ? He is the "King of peace,", has no genealogy, no beginning, or end, is greater than Abraham, accepted the tithe of Abraham, and blessed him. Why then do we ask his prayers at all? Isn't this Christ Himself? Even if he was just a type of Christ, why is he so far down the list? He is after Joachim and Anna, etc. Shouldn't he at least be up there with the heavenly hosts in the beginning? It seems like he is not just a regular saint if he had no genealogy or beginning or end.
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