Oct 16, 2006

A Prayer for Priests (Do you have another such prayer to share?)

O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep all Thy priests within the shelter of Thy Sacred Heart, where none may harm them.

Keep unstained their anointed hands which daily touch Thy Sacred Body. Keep unsullied their lips purpled with Thy Precious Blood.

Keep pure and unearthly their hearts sealed with the sublime marks of Thy glorious priesthood.

Let Thy holy love surround them and shield them from the world's contagion.

Bless their labors with abundant fruit, and may the souls to whom they have ministered be here below their joy and consolation and in Heaven their beautiful and everlasting crown. Amen.

O Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for us; obtain for us many and holy priests. Amen.


Blogger The Dover Beachcomber said...

This is from Fr. Stedman's "My Sunday Missal", c. 1938:

Divine Savior Jesus Christ, Who hast entrusted the whole work of Thy Redemption, the welfare and salvation of the world, to priests as Thy representatives, I offer Thee through the hands of Thy most holy Mother, all the prayers, works, sacrifices, joys and sorrows of this day for the sanctification of Thy priests. Give us true holy priests who seek nothing but Thy greater glory and the salvation of our souls. Bless their words and prayers at the altar, in the confessional, in the pulpit, in all their work for the young, the sick and the aged. Do thou, O Mary, Mother of the High Priest, protect all priests from dangers to their holy vocation. Obtain for me a true spirit of faith and humble obedience so that I may ever behold the priest as the representative of God and willingly follow him in the Way, the Truth, and the Life of Christ.

10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep them, I pray Thee, dearest Lord,
Keep them, for they are Thine--
Thy priests whose lives burn out before Thy consecrated Shrine.
Keep them--Thou knowest, dearest Lord--The world--the flesh are strong.
And Satan spreads a thousand snares to lead them into wrong.

Keep them for they are in the world
Though from the world apart,
When earthly pleasures tempt, allure--
shelter them in thy Heart.
Keep them, and comfort them in hours
Of loneliness and pain
When all their life of sacrifice for souls seems but in vain.

Keep them, and oh, remember Lord,
They have no one but Thee
Yet they have only human hearts,
With human frailty.
Keep them as spotless as the Host--
That daily, they caress--
Their every thought and word and deed,
Deign, dearest Lord, to bless.

Henry Joseph O'Leary, D.D. Archbishop of Edmonton

From "Prayers for Priests"
compiled by St. John Bosco Books, 1994

10:07 AM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Dover Beachcomber and Anonymous 10:07 a.m.,

Thank you very much for these holy and beautiful Catholic prayers for priests. They are real keepers. God bless you and yours.

4:09 PM  
Anonymous Kenneth Fisher, Founder & Chrm. CRCOA said...

I have been looking for a good prayers for priests, thanks.

Kenneth M. Fisher

2:14 PM  

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