More than ever we need to support our priests; the many who are good that will be publicly ridiculed for the sins they did not commit. These men are now called to a radical holiness, and placed in the direct line of fire from all that is evil and ugly.
In the Litany of St. Joseph, he is named The Terror of Demons, he is also called the protector of the Church, the Bride of Christ. Our priests are part of this body, this Bride that has been tripped and sullied.
In this time of scandal, let us pray for our holy priests by name — our pastors and associates, including our deacons and seminarians at our home parish. Let us openly encourage and support them for the role they must play in the healing to come, and the new generation of saints they must lead.
Saint Joseph, I present to you this day Father (N.), priest of Jesus Christ, and beg you to be to him advocate and defender, counselor and friend. Open your heart to him as you opened your home to the Virgin Mother in her hour of need. Protect his holy priesthood as you protected the life of the Infant Christ threatened by cruel Herod.
In darkness bring him light; in weakness, strength, and in fear the peace that passes understanding. For the sake of the tender love that bound you to the Virgin Mary and the Infant Christ, be for him, Saint Joseph, a constant intercessor and a shield against every danger of body, mind, and soul so that, in spite of his weaknesses and sins, his priesthood may bring glory to Christ and serve to increase the beauty of holiness in his bride the Church.
Prayer from The Raccolta.
St. Michael the Archangel, protect them in this battle.
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