Prayers for Priests and Priestly Vocations
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Prayer for Priestly Vocations
O God, Who desirest that all men should be saved, and come to the knowledge of Thy truth: send, we beseech Thee, laborers into Thy harvest, and grant them grace to speak Thy word with all trust: that Thy words may run and be glorified: and that all nations may know Thee the one true God, and Him whom Thou hast sent, Jesus Christ Thy Son our Lord; Who with Thee liveth.
Prayer for Priests
O Almighty Eternal God, look upon the face of Thy Son, and for the love of Him who is the eternal High Priest, have pity on Thy priests. Remember, O most compassionate God, that they are but weak and frail human beings. Stir up in them the grace of their vocation which is in them by the imposition of the bishop’s hands. Keep them close to Thee, lest the enemy prevail against them, so that they may never do anything in the slightest degree unworthy of their sublime vocation.
O Jesus, I pray Thee for Thy faithful and fervent priests;
for Thy unfaithful and tepid priests;
for Thy priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields;
for Thy tempted priests;
for Thy lonely priests;
for Thy dying priests;
for the souls of Thy priests in purgatory.
But above all I commend to Thee 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 Thy Body and Blood in Holy Communion;
the priests who taught and instructed me, or helped and encouraged me;
all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way, particularly (priest’s name here).
O Jesus, keep them all close to Thy Heart, and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity. Amen.