As a way to help our priests carry their cross this Lent, pray this novena as a Simon of Cyrene. It was written for the Knights of Columbus in 2019 by the sisters of The Handmaids of the Precious Blood. The link for the full novena is at the bottom..
My Lord and My God,
“…this Lent grant me the grace to accompany priests into the desert in preparation for the battle for souls, for my soul. May I be a watchman and guard to help prepare them for the conflicts ahead so they can lead their flocks, and me, through death into life. As another Simon of Cyrene, enable me to truly be with my priests on the march to Calvary. Like Simon, I may begin fearfully, but turn any reluctance into courage and
make me ever attentive to how I may assist my priests on this lifelong Way of the Cross.”
From A Lenten Novena for Our Priests, Handmaids of the Precious
Blood, New Market, Tennessee, 20190.
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The attack on our priests are happening more often and will likely increase. It is a dark time for out church. Please offer prayer daily for the good and holy men that they may withstand the attacks of the evil one.
Here, a small liberty on my part, to beg a focus from Saint Michael the Archangel:
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend our priests in battle.
Be their protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host,
by the Divine Power of God,
cast into hell Satan and all evil spirits
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of our priest’s soul.
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Precious Jesus, guide your priests to choose wisely in a world filled with temptations and the lies of the evil one of their false goodness, that draw them away from what is true and holy.
They, like their sheep, are given the free will to choose. Protect them Lord from every evil that allures. Grant them peace in their sincere repentance when they have fallen. Give them strength to desire God and all that is holy over their own desires.
Now more than ever our priests need protection. Hear our plea, accept our offerings and our prayers on their behalf.
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Lord Hear Our Prayer,
During this season of continued storms of snow and ice and freezing rain, in the relentless cold and winds that chill our bodies and our spirits, let us remember our priests.
They too struggle with this weather. Not only to meet the demands of being a priest, they also ache in their hearts for those who are most vulnerable: the poor and homeless, the elderly and the sick—those who have become isolated.
We pray for our priests who feel overwhelmed by the needs of their flock. We pray for our priests who work with limited resources to help those in need. We pray that our priests find strength in you for the burden they carry when they cannot help everyone who needs.
Lord hear our pray that our priests persevere in the challenges of a burdensome winter that threatens the people whom you have entrusted to their care. Amen.
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In the Rule of St. Benedict it states for the monastery Abbott:
Let him who know, then, that he who has undertaken the government of souls must prepare himself to render an account of them…he may be sure beyond a doubt that on Judgment Day he will have to give to the Lord an account of all these souls, as well as of his own soul.
That, not only for our Abbots but also for our priests, is a demanding—possibly terrifying—responsibility. It is one that few of us would be willing to undertake unless called.
Let us pray for these courageous men willing to step into such a perilous job description. Let us pray, always, that Our Lord grant them the strength and perseverance in the governance and guidance of the souls under their watch.
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