Please take out a few minutes and say this prayer today for priests as we celebrate our feast day today. God bless you as you do so:


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

Keep unstained their anointed hands which daily touch your Sacred Body. Keep unsullied their lips purpled with your Precious Blood. Keep pure and unearthly their hearts sealed with the sublime marks of your glorious priesthood. Let your 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.

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 absolved me from my sins; the priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me Your Body and Blood in Holy Communion;
the priests who taught and instructed me; all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way
(especially -N- …).

O Jesus, keep them all close to your heart,
and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity.

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