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. Last 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.
St. Jean Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests. Through his prayer and sacrifice and the example of his personal holiness, he transformed the lukewarm parish of Ars into a thriving community of faith visited by tens of thousands of pilgrims each year.
Prayer for Priests to St. Jean Vianney
Dear Saint Jean 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 humility, 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 priests, 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, and to give His life as a 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. May they be examples of humility and poverty, shining models 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.
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!