O Jesus, Good Shepherd, raise up in all parish communities, priests and deacons, religious, consecrated lay people and missionaries according to the needs of the whole world, which you love and want to save.
We entrust to you in a particular way our parish community; create in it the spiritual atmosphere of the first Christians in order that it may be a cenacle of prayer where we lovingly receive the Holy Spirit and his gifts.
Assist our pastors and all consecrated souls. Guide the steps of those who have generously welcomed your call and prepared themselves for Holy Orders or the profession of the evangelical counsels. Direct your loving gaze to the many well-disposed young people and invite them to follow you. Help them to understand that only in you they can achieve their fulfillment.
We entrust these great desires of your Heart to the powerful intercession of Mary, Mother and model of all vocations, and beg you to sustain our faith in the certainty that the Father will listen to what you yourself have instructed us to ask for.
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Hear my prayer for your priests in my life. I pray that they will persevere in their calling in the face of ridicule and hate for the sins of their brothers. I pray that they find strength in you in a world that devalues the purpose of their work, and often sees them as useless and archaic.
Sweet Jesus help me remember to thank them for the offering of their lives to lead mine towards you. I am only one small soul of the many that they touch, but may my heart be always grateful and pray for the priests who guide me to be more than what I think I can be.
In their blessing me, may I always bless them in return.
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For some folks I know, their day is not starting off well, as mine had not several years ago when I faced the same issue; the furnace has stopped working and it’s really old. Their house is cold, the water pipes are getting colder, and winter has just begun.
Let us pray for our priests who also struggle in the cold, that their dwellings remain warm and secure. That they are safe travelling when called upon during winter storms to aid a parishioner. Let us pray, and continue to pray until Easter warms us all.
Our holy women are flesh as we are flesh, heart and souls with emotions and doubts. When faced with hardships guide them to turn to your Son and recognize the adversity and pain in his holy perseverance.
When they doubt the strength to endure the sadness that weakens the knees and clouds the mind, wrap them in your arms that knew the helplessness of another’s sorrows.
Hear our prayers, Blessed Mother, that we may know how to console them in their needs as they have consoled us in Jesus name. Bless our Sisters and Nuns in their times of struggle.
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Lord Jesus, you have chosen your priests from among us and sent them out to proclaim your word and to act in your name. For so great a gift to your Church, we give you praise and thanksgiving.
We ask you to fill them with the fire of your love, that their ministry may reveal your presence in the Church. Since they are earthen vessels, we pray that your power shine out through their weakness. In their afflictions let them never be crushed; in their doubts never despair; in temptation never be destroyed; in persecution never abandoned.
Inspire them through prayer to live each day the mystery of your dying and rising. In times of weakness send them your Spirit, and help them to praise your heavenly Father and pray for poor sinners. By the same Holy Spirit put your word on their lips and your love in their hearts, to bring good news to the poor and healing to the broken-hearted.
And may the gift of Mary your mother, to the disciple whom you loved, be your gift to every priest. Grant that she who formed you in her human image, may form them in your Divine Image, by the power of your Spirit, to the glory of God the Father. Amen
~Archdiocese of Boston web site.