O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep Your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart,
Where none may touch them.
Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch Your Sacred Body,
Keep unsullied their lips, daily purpled with Your Precious Blood.
Keep pure and unearthly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood.
Let your Holy Love surround them and shield 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 in heaven their beautiful and everlasting crown.
I pray for your faithful and fervent priests;
For your unfaithful and tepid priests;
For your priests laboring at home or
abroad in distant mission fields.
For your tempted priests;
For your lonely and desolate priests;
For your young priests;
For your dying priests;
For the souls of your priests in Purgatory.
But above all, I recommend to you
the priests dearest to me:
The priest who baptized me;
The priests who absolved me from my sins;
The priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me
Your Body and Blood in Holy Communion;
The priests who taught and instructed me;
All the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way
O Jesus, keep them all close to your heart,
And bless them abundantly in time and in Eternity.
Lord Jesus, present in the Most Blessed Sacrament, and living perpetually among us through Your Priests, grant that the words of Your Priests may be only Your words, that their gestures be only Your gestures, and that their lives be a true reflection of Your life. Grant that they may be men who speak to God on behalf of His people, and speak to His people of God. Grant that they be courageous in service, serving the Church as she asks to be served. Grant that they may be men who witness to eternity in our time, traveling on the paths of history in Your steps, and doing good for all. Grant that they may be faithful to their commitments, zealous in their vocation and mission, clear mirrors of their own identity, and living the joy of the gift they have received. We pray that Your Holy Mother, Mary, present throughout Your life, may be ever present in the life of Your Priests.
The Holy Father - fill him with your grace, Lord.
Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops - give them your gifts, Lord.
Diocesan priests - never leave them, Lord.
Priests in seminary work - give them your wisdom, Lord.
Priests in hospital work - give them constancy, Lord.
Priests who are ill - heal them, Lord.
Priests in danger - deliver them, Lord.
Priests who are weak - strengthen them, Lord.
Priests who are poor - relive them, Lord.
Preists who are zealous - help them, Lord.
Priests who want to love you - enkindle their hearts, Lord.
Priests who are sad - console them, Lord.
Priests who are worried - give them peace, Lord.
Priests who are old - sustain them, Lord.
Priests who are young - impel them for your glory, Lord.
Priests who are alone - accompany them, Lord.
Missionary priests - protect them, Lord.
Priests who are preachers - enlighten them, Lord.
Priests who direct souls - instruct them, Lord.
Parish priests - give them prudence, Lord.
Religious priests - make them perfect, Lord.
Priests and religious who have died - bring them to glory, Lord.
On all the Church, militant and suffering - Lord, have mercy.
For all priests:
- Give them your wisdom, Lord.
- Give them virtues.
- Give them patience and charity.
- Give them obedience and kindness.
- Give them a burning zeal for souls.
- Give them an intense love for the Eucharist.
- Give them loyalty to the Holy See and to their Bishops.
- Give them respect for their dignity.
- Give them a great love for Mary.
- Give them the gift of counsel.
- Give them strength in their labors.
- Give them peace in their sufferings.
- Give them humility and generosity.
- Let them be the light of souls.
- Let them be the salt of the earth.
- Let them practice sacrifice and self-denial.
- Let them enkindle hearts with the love of Mary.
- Let them be other Christ’s.
- Let them be holy in body and soul.
- May they be men of prayer.
- May faith shine forth in them.
- May they be concerned only for the salvation of souls.
- May they be faithful to their priestly vocation.
- May their hands know only how to bless.
- May they burn with love for you and for Mary.
- May all their steps be for the glory of God.
- May the Holy Spirit possess them, and give them his gifts and fruits in abundance.
Let us pray.
O God, Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, you are the soul and the life of the Church. Hear the prayers we offer for priests. We ask this through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, their protector and guide.
Keep them, I pray Thee, dearest Lord.
Keep them, for they are Thine --
The priests whose lives burn out
before Thy consecrated shrine.
Keep them, for they are in the world
though from the world apart.
When earthly treasures tempt, allure –
Shelter them in Thy heart.
Keep them and comfort them
in hours of loneliness and pain,
when all their life of sacrifice
for souls seems but in vain.
Keep them and remember Lord,
they have no one but Thee.
They have only human hearts,
with human frailty.
Keep them as spotless as the Host,
that daily they caress;
their every thought and word and deed,
deign, dearest Lord, to bless.
I praise you, I love you, I adore you.
Send your Holy Spirit to enlighten the minds of our priest
to the truth of your Son, Jesus,
Priest and Victim.
Through the same Spirit guide their hearts to his Sacred Heart,
to renew in them a priestly passion
that they, too, might lay down my life upon the altar.
May your Spirit wash away their impurities
and free me from all my transgressions
in the Cup of Salvation,
Let only your will be done in them.
May the Blessed Mother of your dearly beloved Son,
wrap her mantle around them and protect them from all evil.
May she guide me to do whatever He tells them.
May she teach them to have the heart of St. Joseph, her spouse,
to protect and care for the Church his bride.
And may her pierced heart inspire them
to embrace as their own your children
who suffer at the foot of the cross.
I humbly cry to her:
please be their consoling mother,
and help me to be a better son.
Lord, make them a holy priest,
inflamed with the fire of your love, seeking nothing
but your greater glory and the salvation of souls.
I humbly bless and thank you, my Father,
through the Spirit, in Christ Jesus,
your Son and my brother.
O Mary, Queen of priests, pray for them.
Saint John Vianney, pray for them.
"That for the Church, God will not fail to provide Pastors who are rich in wisdom and holiness
and ready to defend the light of the Gospel to the very ends of the earth." (John Paul II)
O Jesus, our great High Priest,
Hear my humble prayers on behalf of your priest, Father [N].
Give him a deep faith
a bright and firm hope
and a burning love
which will ever increase
in the course of his priestly life.
In his loneliness, comfort him
In his sorrows, strengthen him
In his frustrations, point out to him
that it is through suffering that the soul is purified,
and show him that he is needed by the Church,
he is needed by souls,
he is needed for the work of redemption.
O loving Mother Mary, Mother of Priests,
take to your heart your son who is close to you
because of his priestly ordination,
and because of the power which he has received
to carry on the work of Christ
in a world which needs him so much.
Be his comfort, be his joy, be his strength,
and especially help him
to live and to defend the ideals of consecrated celibacy.
O my Jesus, I beg You on behalf of the whole Church: Grant it love and the light of Your Spirit and give power to the words of priests so that hardened hearts might be brought to repentance and return to You, O Lord.
Lord, give us holy priests; You Yourself maintain them in holiness. O Divine and Great High Priest, may the power of Your mercy accompany them everywhere and protect them from the devil's traps and snares which are continually being set for the souls of priests. May the power of Your mercy, O Lord, shatter and bring to naught all that might tarnish the sanctity of priests, for You can do all things. I ask You, Jesus, for a special blessing and for light for the priests before whom I will make my confessions throughout my lifetime.
Lord Jesus, hear our prayer for the spiritual renewal of bishops, priests, deacons, brothers, sisters, lay ministers and seminarians, especially those of our own diocese. We praise you for giving their ministry to the Church. In these days, renew them with the gifts of Your Spirit.
You once opened the Holy Scriptures to Your disciples when You walked on this earth. Now renew Your ordained and chosen ones with the truth and power of Your Word.
In the Eucharist you gave Your disciples renewed life and hope. Nourish Your consecrated ones with Your Own Body and Blood. Help them to imitate in their lives the death and resurrection they celebrate around Your altar.
Give them enthusiasm for the Gospel, zeal for the salvation of all people, courage in leadership and humility in service.
Give them Your love for one another and for all their brothers and sisters in You. For You love them, Lord Jesus and we love and pray for them in Your Holy Name.
by John Cardinal O'Connor, March 1995
Lord Jesus, we your people pray to You for our priests. You have given them to us for OUR needs. We pray for them in THEIR needs.
We know that You have made them priests in the likeness of your own priesthood. You have consecrated them, set them aside, annointed them, filled them with the Holy Spirit, appointed them to teach, to preach, to minister, to console, to forgive, and to feed us with Your Body and Blood.
Yet we know, too, that they are one with us and share our human weaknesses. We know too that they are tempted to sin and discouragement, as are we, needing to be ministered to, as do we, to be consoled and forgiven, as do we. Indeed, we thank You for choosing them from among us, so that they understand us as we understand them, suffer with us and rejoice with us, worry with us and trust with us, share our beings, our lives, our faith.
We ask that You give them this day the gift You gave Your chosen ones on the way to Emmaus:
Your presence in their hearts,
Your holiness in their souls,
Your joy in their spirits.
And let them see You face to face in the breaking of the Eucharistic Bread.
We pray to You, O Lord, with Mary, the mother of priests, for Your priests and for ours.
by John Joseph Cardinal Carberry, Archbishop of St. Louis
O Jesus, our great High Priest, hear my humble prayers on behalf of your priests.
Give them a deep faith, a bright and firm hope, and a burning love which will ever increase in the course of their priestly life.
In their loneliness, comfort them.
In their sorrows, strengthen them.
In their frustrations, point out to them that it is through suffering that the soul is purified and show them that they are needed by the Church;
they are needed by souls;
they are needed for the work of redemption.
O lovely Mother Mary, Mother of Priests, take to your heart your sons who are close to you because of their priestly ordination and because of the power which they have recieved to carry on the work of Christ in a world which needs them so much.
Be their comfort;
be their joy;
be their strength;
and especially help them to live and defend the ideals of consecrated celibacy.
Mother of Jesus Christ and Mother of priests,
accept this title which we bestow on you
to celebrate your motherhood
and to contemplate with you the priesthood
of, your Son and of your sons,
O holy Mother of God.
O Mother of Christ,
to the Messiah-priest you gave a body of flesh
through the anointing of the Holy Spirit
for the salvation of the poor and the contrite of heart;
guard priests in your heart and in the Church,
O Mother of the Savior.
O Mother of Faith,
you accompanied to the Temple the Son of Man,
the fulfillment of the promises given to the fathers;
give to the Father for his glory
the priests of your Son,
O Ark of the Covenant.
O Mother of the Church,
in the midst of the disciples in the upper room
you prayed to the Spirit
for the new people and their shepherds;
obtain for the Order of Presbyters
a full measure of gifts,
O Queen of the Apostles.
O Mother of Jesus Christ,
you were with him at the beginning
of his life and mission,
you sought the Master among the crowd,
you stood beside him when he was lifted up from the earth
consumed as the one eternal sacrifice,
and you had John, your son, near at hand;
accept from the beginning those who have been called,
protect their growth,
in their life ministry accompany your sons,
O Mother of Priests.
Source: [John Paul II, conclusion of the Post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation "Pastores dabo vobis" on the formation of priests in the circumstances of the present day, March 25, 1992:
Congregation for the Clergy, Directory for the Ministry and Life of Priests
Dear Saint John Vianney, your childhood dream was to be a priest, to win souls for God. You endured years of toil and humiliation to attain the priesthood. You became a priest truly after God's own heart, outstanding in humulity and poverty, prayer and mortification. Totally devoted to the service of God's people. The Church has exalted you as model and patron saint of all Parish Priest, trusting that your example and prayers will help them to live up to the high dignity of their vocation to be faithful servants of God's people, to be perfect imitators of Christ the Savior Who came not to be served but to serve, to give His Life in ransom for many.
Pray that God may give to His Church today many more priests after His own heart. Pray for all the priests under your patronage, that they may be worthy representatives of Christ the Good Shepherd. May they wholeheartedly devote themselves to prayer and penance; be examples of humility and poverty; shining modelss of holiness; tireless and powerful preachers of the Word of God; zealous dispensers of God's Grace in the sacraments. May their loving devotion to Jesus in the Eucharist and to Mary His Mother be the Twin Fountains of fruitfulness for their ministry. Amen.
you both saved and served the Word of God,
and the Living Bread come down from heaven.
Look down upon the priests of the Church,
which had its origins in the household
over which you presided,
and pray for them
that they, too, serve perseveringly
the people entrusted to their care.
May priests teach the people faithfully the Word of God,
and break for them daily the Bread of Life.
May they strengthen them in faith and in hope,
console them in hardship and disappointment;
and pray to your Jesus
to crown their service of him on earth
with eternal life with him
in the happiness of heaven for ever.
O, Jesus, Eternal High Priest, accept my fervent prayers for Father (name) _______ , your servant. I lift up this priest in prayer to you, and intercede for the Holy Catholic Priesthood. Take my offering to use as you will for one who is in need of prayer.
Dear Jesus, bless each priest with zeal for your Word. Inspire him with a love of the Eucharist. Instill in him humility; give him courage to lead his flock, and protect him always from the temptations and snares of the devil.
O, Heavenly Father, comfort him if he has grown discouraged. Inflame his heart with love if he has grown tepid.
If there is a priest in purgatory, bring him into Eternal Life with my heartfelt supplication.
May your Sacred Heart renew, strengthen and dwell in each priest so that he may truly be a new creation in your image.
Gracious Mother Mary, take this priest into your Immaculate Heart and intercede for your chosen son.
Source: Posted on Franciscan Spirit mailing list by Joanie Zak, SFO, on October 25, 2003.
Our Lady gave us this simple Chaplet for priests. She asks that it be said often throughout the day and night and that praying it will release many graces for priests.
This simple chaplet for priests was given to the Brides of the Most Blessed Trinity by our Lady of Bayou at the beginning of her visit at Theriot, LA. February 24, 2001.
The form of the chaplet:
The chaplet is to have a cross, one bead, then a medal with our Mother of Divine Love, Patroness of Priests on one side and the Holy Trinity on the other side. (Our members from Ohio are working on having this medal cast.) Next are 33 beads that represent the 33 years Jesus spent on earth to join at the medal.
How to pray the chaplet:
Begin and end with the sign of the cross.
Pray the Creed on the cross.
Pray the “Our Father” on the first bead.
Pray the “Hail Mary” on the medal.
Pray “O Jesus, Son of the living God, have mercy on us and on all our priests” (you may name a priest) on the 33 beads.
On the medal pray:
“O Sacrament most holy, o sacrament divine,
all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment thine.”
(May be sung)
“Blessed be the Holy and Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.”
“Mary, Queen of Divine Love, Patroness of Priests, pray for us.”
“God our Father, please send us holy priests, all for the Sacred and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, all for the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, in union with Saint Joseph.”
"Ave, Ave, Ave Maria. Ave, Ave, Ave Maria."
(may be sung)
Pray the “Glory Be” on the single bead.
Pray the “Saint Michael Prayer” on the cross. Amen.
(sign of the cross)
Prayer to St. Michael
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of Battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do you, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into hell, Satan and all the other evil spirits, who prowl through the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen
(History: This powerful prayer of exorcism was composed by Pope Leo XIII; in a vision, he had been shown the fearful battle to be waged between Satan and St. Michael, over the Church of the future. Now, as never before, the Church needs the intercession of St. Michael! Please say this prayer every day.)
After each decade of the Rosary say the following prayer:
my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven especially those most in need of your mercy. Amen.
1. JOYFUL MYSTERIES
1.1 The Annunciation
The Angel Gabriel announces to Mary, a virgin, that she will become the Mother of God, Word made Flesh. For all centuries to come, Jesus will become flesh in the Holy Eucharist to nourish us in a most intimate union with Him.
We pray for all priests who daily bring us the Body and Blood of Christ through the Consecration of the Eucharaist and through Holy Communion.
We pray for all future priests now being formed in the wombs of their mothers, that they may be safe from physical and spiritual harm, and come to Ordination as God intends.
We pray for all future generations of priests and also that priests may treasure the gift of celibacy.
1.2 The Visitation
Mary visits Elizabeth, who recognizes Mary as the living tabernacle for their Divine Lord.
We pray especially for priests who bring Holy Communion to the sick, the shut-ins, and Viaticum to the dying.
We pray for all the priests who minister to the sick in other ways, counsel, comfort and console them.
1.3 The Nativity of Jesus
Jesus is born in Bethlehem. The angels announce His birth; kings and shepherds come to adore Him.
We pray that all seminarians grow in knowledge and love of God to become holy priests.
We pray especially for those who will be ordained soon, that they may remain faithful all their lives to the sublime privilege of being “other Christs” among us.
We pray that everyone will come to value the Eucharistic Feast and the Priesthood as among God’s greatest gifts to us.
We pray that every priest will consider himself a member of the Holy Family, a true son of Mary and Joseph, and a brother-priest of Jesus, the great High Priest.
1.4 The Presentation in the Temple
Mary and Joseph, in obedience to the Law, bring Jesus to the temple to be dedicated to God. Simeon expresses his gratitude to God for revealing the Messiah to him before he dies.
We thank God for all priests who, like Simeon, have given us decades of faithful service. We pray that they may be rewarded for their generosity and self-sacrifice.
We pray also for all priests whose hearts are pierced by loneliness, depression and rejection.
1.5 Finding Jesus in the Temple
Jesus is found among the teachers in the temple. He returns home and is obedient to Mary and Joseph.
We pray that priests will always be found going about their Father’s business, and will be obedient to the teaching magisterium of the Church, our Holy Father and the bishops in communion with him.
We pray for all young priests that the love and dedication they experience in the first years of their priesthood may increase with time.
We pray for all priests who teach the Faith to children and adults.
2. SORROWFUL MYSTERIES
2.1 The Agony in the Garden
The Apostles fall asleep. Jesus sweats blood at the thought of His coming passion and death. Angels come to comfort Him.
We pray that all priests who are suffering and on the way to Calvary may be comforted by God’s presence; those who have betrayed or denied the faith through weakness may repent and return to the warmth of God’s love.
We pray that all priests may live only to do our Father’s will. Jesus always did.
2.2 Jesus Is Scourged
Jesus is cruelly scourged and beaten by the soldiers.
We pray for priests who are persecuted, physically or mentally abused; those who are imprisoned or prevented from offering the Holy Eucharist or receiving Holy Communion. We pray for those priests living under Communist oppression.
2.3 Jesus Is Crowned with Thorns
Jesus is mocked as king and His precious Head is cruelly pierced by thorns.
We pray for priests who suffer for defending authentic Catholic doctrine.
We pray that all Bishops will uphold the true teachings of the Catholic Church and resist temptations to compromise doctrine.
2.4 Jesus Carries His Cross
Bruised, bleeding, and exhausted, Jesus is forced to drag Himself and His cross up the hill to Calvary.
We pray for all priests with heavy crosses; those who are weak, lonely, or have fallen from God’s grace in some way.
We pray for the Holy Father, who perhaps has the heaviest of crosses: the widespread persecution and abandonment of the Church from within or without.
2.5 Jesus Dies on the Cross
Jesus sheds His last drops of Precious Blood to redeem us from sin and eternal death.
We pray for all priests who are in their last agony and those who will die today.
We pray for those who thirst for the salvation of souls.
We pray that the crucifixion of their wills may accomplish God’s designs for the salvation of the whole world.
We pray that priests may take Mary into their hearts, as Saint John the Apostle, one of the first priests, took Mary into his home.
3. THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES
3.1 The Resurrection
Jesus arises from the dead and appears to the Apostles.
At times, priests may suffer from depression and despair that plague them when they see so little from their labors.
We pray that priests will remember: the Crucifixion is followed by the Resurrection; darkness is always followed by the Light.
We pray that all priests may share the joy of the Risen Christ.
3.2 The Ascension
Jesus instructs His Apostles and returns to His Father in Heaven.
We pray that priests may carry out Jesus’ instructions to evangelize the whole world, instructing and baptizing countless people.
We pray for missionaries who live lives of utter poverty and deprivation to bring the Gospel to all the people.
3.3 The Descent of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit comes down upon the Apostles, who are gathered with Mary and other holy women and men.
We pray that priests may be open to the grace of the Holy Spirit to strengthen them for the task of bringing souls to God and God to souls.
We pray that they may be on fire to convert the most hardened sinners, and to bring God’s love to the whole world.
3.4 The Assumption
Mary is taken, body and soul, to Heaven. While she was on earth, she loved and prayed for the Apostles, the first priests.
We pray that priests will be devoted to Mary and find in her the love and comfort of a mother, the most powerful intercession of our greatest Saint, and the surest refuge against Satan and his cohorts who seek the destruction of priests and the priesthood.
3.5 The Coronation
Mary is crowned Queen of Heaven and earth; she is rewarded for her faithfulness to God.
We pray that Mary, Queen of the Clergy, will be their model of faith and joy, and constant guide until they reach Heaven where a crown, jeweled with the many souls entrusted to them on the day of Ordination, will be their reward for faithful and loving service.
PRAYER TO SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray and do you, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
(# 2) PRAYER FOR PRIESTS (by John Joseph Cardinal Carberry, Archbishop of St. Louis, USA)
O Jesus, our great High Priest, hear my humble prayers on behalf of your priests. Give them a deep faith, a bright and firm hope and a burning love which will ever increase in the course of their priestly life.
In their loneliness, comfort them.
In their sorrows, strengthen them.
In their frustrations, point out to them that it is through suffering that the soul is purified, and show them that they are needed by the Church;
they are needed by souls;
they are needed for the work of redemption.
O Loving Mother Mary, Mother of Priests, take to your heart your sons who are close to you because of their priestly ordination and because of the power which they have received to carry on the work of Christ in a world which needs them so much.
Be their comfort,
be their joy,
be their strength,
and especially help them to live and to defend the ideals of consecrated celibacy.
Gracious and loving God, we thank your for the gift of our priests.
Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments.
Help our priests to be strong in their vocation.
Set their souls on fire with love for your people.
Grant them the wisdom, understanding, and strength they need to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
Inspire them with the vision of your Kingdom.
Give them the words they need to spread the Gospel.
Allow them to experience joy in their ministry.
Help them to become instruments of your divine grace.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns as our Eternal Priest.
by Pope Pius XII
O Jesus, you are the eternal High Priest, the Good Shepherd,
the Source of life.
Through the singular generosity of Your most sensitive heart,
You have given us our priests for the purpose of fulfilling in us
that plan of sanctification which Your grace inspires in our hearts.
We beg You come to their aid with Your merciful assistance.
O Jesus, may they possess faith which energizes their actions,
Hope which is unshakable in trials,
And charity which permeates their endeavors.
Through their constant meditation, may your word,
Which is an outpouring of eternal wisdom,
Become the everlasting nourishment of their interior life;
And may their conduct and suffering
reflect the example of Your life and Passion,
So as to serve for our instruction,
and as a beacon of consolation in our sorrows.
O Lord, grant that our priests be detached from all worldly interests,
and labor only for Your glory.
With a pure conscience may they persevere
in their duties faithfully until their dying breath.
And when death has claimed their bodies, and they place back into
Your hands the account of their faithful stewardship,
May they enjoy in You, Lord Jesus, their divine teacher on earth,
the everlasting reward of the crown of justice in the splendor
of the Saints.
The Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Vocations Society
Lord Jesus, you have chosen your priests from among us and sent them out to proclaim your word and 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 shines out through their weakness. In their afflictions let them never be crushed, in their doubts never despair, in temptation never be destroyed, and 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 your 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 brokenheart- ed. 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,
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Mary, Mother of Jesus throw your mantle of purity over our priests. Protect them, guide them and keep them in your heart. Be a mother to them especially in times of discouragement and loneliness. Love them and let them belong completely to Jesus. Like Jesus, they too are your sons, so keep their hearts pure and virginal. Keep their minds filled with Jesus, and put Jesus always on their lips, so that He is the one they offer to sinners and to all they meet.
Mary, Mother of Jesus, be their Mother, loving them and bringing them joy. Take special care of sick and dying priests and the ones most tempted. Remember how they spent their youth and old age, their entire lives serving and giving all to Jesus. Mary, bless them and keep a special place for them in your heart. Give them a piece of your heart, so beautiful and pure and immaculate, so full of love and humility so that they, too, may grow in the likeness of Christ.
Dear Mary, make them humble like you and holy like Jesus.
we pray that the Blessed Mother
wrap her mantle around your priests
and through her intercession
strengthen them for their ministry.
We pray that Mary will guide your priests
to follow her own words,
"Do whatever He tells you" (Jn 2:5).
May your priests have the heart of St. Joseph,
Mary's most chaste spouse.
May the Blessed Mother's own pierced heart
inspire them to embrace
all who suffer at the foot of the cross.
May your priests be holy,
filled with the fire of your love
seeking nothing but your greater glory
and the salvation of souls.
St. John Vianney, pray for us.
Remember, O most loving heart of Jesus, that they for whom I pray are those for whom you prayed so earnestly the night before your death. These are they to whom you look to continue with you in your sorrows when others forsake you, who share your griefs and have inherited your persecutions, according to your word: That the servant is not greater than his Lord.
Remember, O heart of Jesus, that they are the objects of the world's hatred and Satan's deadliest snares. Keep them then, O Jesus, in the safe citadel of your Sacred Heart and there let them be sanctified in truth. May they be one with you and one among themselves, and grant that multitudes may be brought through their word to believe in you and love you.