All the Priests who are in the sanctuary. . .

All the Priests who are in the sanctuary bear the image of those apostle’s who met together at the sepulchre. The alter is a symbol of our Lord’s tomb, without doubt; and the Bread and Wine are the Body of our Lord which was embalmed and buried

-St. Narsai Harp of the Spirit

The power to bear Mysteries, which. . .

The power to bear Mysteries, which the humble man has received, which makes him perfect in every virtue without toil, this is the very power which the blessed apostles received in the form of fire. For its sake the Saviour commanded them not to leave Jerusalem until they should receive power from on high, that is to say, the Paraclete, which, being interpreted, is the Spirit of consolation. And this is the Spirit of divine visions. Concerning this it is said in divine Scripture: ‘Mysteries are revealed to the humble’ [Ecclus 3:19]. The humble are accounted worthy of receiving in themselves this Spirit of revelations Who teaches mysteries.”

+ St. Isaac of Nineveh, Ascetical Homily 77