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 celebrated on Wednesday. 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.
Another prayer for priests by St. Thérèse of Lisieux. I especially like this one because it allows me to repay some very small part of the tremendous debt I owe to the priests in my life, particularly those special few who have walked with me throughout my discernment. They have been true fathers to me – tough when I needed someone to challenge me, tender when I was suffering, firm when I needed counsel, and compassionate to me when I was struggling. Most of all, they’ve shown me the love of God the Father, and for that, I will never stop thanking God for them.
St. Therese’s Prayer for All Priests
O Jesus, 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 absolve me from my sins, the priests at whose Masses I have assisted and who gave me Your Body and Blood in Holy Communion; the priests who have taught and instructed me; and all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way. Jesus, keep them all close to Your heart, and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity. 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!