O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep your priests within the shelter of your Most Sacred Heart, where none can touch them. Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch your Sacred Body. Keep unsullied their lips daily tinged with your Precious Blood. Keep pure and unworldly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood. Let your Holy Love surround and protect them from the world’s contagion. Bless their labors with abundant fruit, and may the souls to whom they minister be their joy and consolation here, and their everlasting crown in the hereafter. Amen.
~St. Therese of the Child Jesus
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In these recent days of SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, many of our religious have died.
I would like to ask that we pray for all our priests, sisters, brothers, and nuns who suffer with COVID-19, chronic pain, for those who are sick with terminal illnesses, for those trapped in a body fallen to coma, and for those in the end stages of life.
Let us also pray for the religious, and all caretakers, who care for their ailing brothers and sisters physically and spiritually, that those who serve the suffering have endurance during such trials.
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As we prepare to celebrate Pentecost remember to call on the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit to be showered on our priests, and for that matter, all religious.
Jesus, Good Shepherd,
You sent us the Holy Spirit to guide Your Church and lead her faithful to You through the ministry of Your priests.
Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, grant to Your priests wisdom in leading, faithfulness in teaching, and holiness in guarding Your sacred Mysteries.
As they cry out with all the faithful, “Abba, Father!” may Your priests be ever more closely identified with You in Your divine Sonship and offer their own lives with You, the one saving Victim.
Make them helpful brothers of one another, and understanding fathers of all Your people.
Renew in Your priests deeper faith, greater trust in You, childlike reliance on our Mother Mary, and unwavering fidelity to the Holy Father and his bishops.
Holy Mary, intercede for your priests.
Joseph, protect them.
St. Michael, defend them.
St. John Vianney, pray for them.
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Dear Jesus , right before your Ascension into heaven you told your apostles to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth upon receiving the Holy Spirit.
We pray for our priests to be similarly inspired and strengthened to spread your Gospel message in a world in need. May our priests do so joyfully and with sincere dedication, with your guidance and your grace. In remembering your ascension, help them to seek what is above, so as to teach and guide us here below. We ask all this in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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This prayer comes from an old leaflet that is a rosary for priests.
O Jesus, You are the Eternal High Priest. Because You are true God and true man, You are the only Mediator between God and man. Through You, the merciful Father gives man salvation and through You, man is led back to Him.
You have established priests as Your collaborators to perpetuate in the Holy Mass, the Sacrifice of Your death on the Cross and to sanctify souls through their ministry.
0 Jesus, choose from all the people of the world worthy and numerous ministers so that all souls may find salvation.
0 Jesus, Savior of the world, sanctify Your priests and seminarians.
0 God, who have established Your only-begotten Son as the Eternal High Priest, grant, we beseech You, that those who are chosen by Christ as ministers of Your mysteries may be kept always faithful in the fulfillment of their service.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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