The Congregation for the Clergy is encouraging Catholics to participate in prayer vigils for Pope Benedict XVI as he prepares to celebrate his 60th anniversary of ordination on June 29. The faithful are being asked to pray not only for the Holy Father, but for all of the clergy and the entire Church. Yesterday, I began posting a “novena” of my favorite prayers for priests – a different prayer each day. Please join me in praying for the pope and for all priests.
Revered as a Doctor of the Church, a counsellor to two popes, a stigmatist and mystic, St. Catherine of Siena was a woman acutely aware of what it meant to be conformed to the image of her Crucified Spouse. She is often depicted holding a crucifix and contemplating the Wounds of Christ.
St. Catherine’s Prayer for Priests
Father, I beseech You, direct the hearts and wills of the servants of Your Bride, the Holy Church, unto Yourself, so that they may follow the poor, bleeding, humble, and gentle Lamb of God on the Way of the Cross. Make them angels in the shape of men! For after all, it is they who must administer and distribute the Body and Blood of Your Only Begotten Son. Amen.
Lord, give us priests! Give us holy priests! Give us many holy priests!
Mary, Mother of Vocations, pray for us!
St. Joseph, Guardian of Vocations, pray for us!
All you angels and saints of God, pray for us!