Pad, what do you mean there were no Priest in the first century?<quoted text>Clay,do you see here that in the first century there were no p r i e s t s to consecrate the Eucharist? The Mass was not a formed Liturgy in the days of Ignatius of Antioch.How was the elements consecrated? Well they were consecrated,by the only ONE,who can of Himself give to us part of Himself through the Holy Spirit: Jesus Christ,our High Priest.
The whole matter is spiritual in Divine Nature.
Why would you think there were on Priests?
And when do you think the 'Priest' came into existence?
(please don't say Constantine invented the Priesthood)