The Congregation for the Clergy is encouraging Catholics to participate in prayer vigils for Pope Benedict XVI in honor of his 60th anniversary of ordination, which he will celebrate tomorrow. 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.
The more I pray for priests, the more I find myself moved to pray especially for those priests who have left the priesthood, those whose souls are in danger, and those who are tempted to abandon their vocation.
Prayer for Priests in Times of Uncertainty
Lord Jesus Christ,
as you gazed down from the Cross in Your bitter agony
upon the beloved and faithful Apostle, Saint John,
Your anguish was increased
by the desertion of the traitor and the other Apostles.
In spite of this desertion, Your love embraced them
and all those consecrated men who would forsake You.
We, therefore confidently beseech You now
to rain abundant grace on shepherds who have gone astray.
Where there is present groping uncertainty, let there be light;
where there is present overshadowing gloom, let there be joy;
where there is present mounting struggle, let there be peace.
Guide, O Lord, the straying shepherds back to the fold,
and assist them to walk surely and lovingly in Your sight,
for only in union with You
will the shepherd find true light, joy and peace.
Give to all priests inspiration in time of doubt,
patience in time of adversity,
fortitude in time of weakness,
that with Your love ever pressing them on,
they may lead others ever closer to You. 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!