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. On Thursday, 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.
This prayer was written by the late John Joseph Cardinal Carberry, Archbishop of St. Louis. We recite it at my home parish before each weekday Mass, after praying the rosary for priests.
Prayer to Jesus the High Priest and Mary, Mother of Priests
O Jesus, our great High Priest, hear our 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 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. 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!