Monday, May 3, 2010

Praying for Our Priests

I received a prayer card in my bulletin this past Sunday. On the back of it was, A Prayer for Our Priests. The cards are being distributed by Knights of Columbus to honor The Year for Priests – June 19, 2009 to June 19, 2010 currently being celebrated in the Catholic Church.

Please copy this prayer, share this prayer and pray this prayer as often as possible. Our holy Mother Church has so much to offer when we have priests who serve her faithfully, and the power of prayer should never be underestimated.

Prayer for Priests
We thank you, God our Father, for those who have responded to your call to priestly ministry. Accept this prayer we offer on their behalf: Fill your priests with the sure knowledge of your love. Open their hearts to the power and consolation of the Holy Spirit. Lead them to new depths of union with your Son. Increase in them profound faith in the Sacraments they celebrate as they nourish, strengthen and heal us.

Lord Jesus Christ, grant that these, your priests, may inspire us to strive for holiness by the power of their example, as men of prayer who ponder your word and follow your will.

O Mary, Mother of Christ and our mother, guard with your maternal care these chosen ones, so dear to the Heart of your Son. Intercede for our priests that, offering the Sacrifice of your Son, they may be conformed more each day to the image of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
St. John Vianney, universal patron of priests,
Pray for us and our priests.