Wednesday, May 29, 2013

HWP: Prayer for Priests

As yesterday was my anniversary of priestly ordination and it is the season (at least here in Louisiana) for ordinations, I thought it appropriate to offer a prayer for priests. From my perspective, it is a true gift to have others pray for me and let me know that they are doing so. I, like everyone else, am a sinner in need of personal conversion. By the prayers of others I am aided in that conversion and better enabled to live my priestly calling to pray for others and sacrifice for them as well. It's all quite cyclical - so let us pray for one another and grow in the grace of Jesus Christ!
 
A Prayer for Priests
 
O Jesus, Eternal Priest,
keep Thy priests within the shelter of Thy Sacred Heart,
where none may touch them.
Keep unstained their anointed hands,
which daily touch Thy Sacred Body.
Keep unsullied their lips,
daily purpled with Thy Precious Blood.
Keep pure and unworldly their hearts,
sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood.
Let Thy Holy Love surround them from the world's contagion.
Bless their labors with abundant fruit,
and may the souls to whom they minister
be their joy and consolation here
and their everlasting crown hereafter.
Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for us:
obtain for us numerous and holy priests.
Amen.