the importance of
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Pray for priests.
Help them to be holy.
We are weak and fragile.
If your knees are not bent in prayer for us, we stumble and fall.
We need your prayer. ~ Fr Jozo Zovko ofm
Dear Prayer Group:
My weekly reminder to pray for all those priests, religious, seminarians
and those contemplating the priesthood.
Please let's remember to thank our priests for their
priesthood. Without them we have no Jesus in the Eucharist.
Affirm your priests and their ministry; compliment them when you can,
write a letter of praise about your priest to his superior or bishop,
let him know how his priesthood has helped you grow in holiness.
Drop him a note of thanksgiving for his priesthood. There are
countless ways. If any of you can share some way you have affirmed your
priest that would be great. This is the Christmas season, please let us
remember our priests even if only with a card affirming their
priesthood. Offering a Mass or novena for them in that card is a great gift or
having a Mass said for them. If anyone has ways to help affirm our
priests let me know and I will pass them along each week. One lady
sent me an e-mail that now her rosary prayer group now also is for
prayer for priests, how wonderful and she has it in Spanish and
God bless you all for your prayers for our church heirarchy and please
also remember to pray for our seminarians and those
contemplating the priesthood. We so need priests.
Carole posted on IIPG Group www.iipg-queenofpeace.org/
We must take it seriously to pray every day for our beloved
priests and their families too. You can add names on
(broken link). Remember it takes 24 hours for your names to be posted.
Please also pray for our pray for priests ministry, we really could use
Prayer for Priests
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
Bless their labours 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 and intercede for our precious
priests and clergy, especially those on our Honour Roll. Amen.
God bless you all for your prayers for our church
heirarchy and for seminarians and those contemplating priesthood or
religious life. We so need priests and more religious. They so
need our prayers and sacrifice. Please also remember to thank your
priests often for their ministry and for their priesthood and also our
religious too and our seminarians too; they so need our support and to
hear a positive word about their vocations. If you know of someone who
is contemplating priesthood or religious life they so need our positive
support and encouragement too.
A Prayer for Priests, religious, seminarians and those
LORD, we lift up to your these on our honour roll and all the priests
religious, seminarians, & those contemplating priestly or religious
life. Sanctify them, heal them; guide them, mould them into the
likeness and holiness of Your Son, Jesus, the Eternal High Priest. May
their lives be pleasing to You, in Jesus' name we pray. Amen
PRAYER WHEN LOOKING AT A CRUCIFIX
My Lord, please bathe (priest's or religious name) in Your Precious
Blood and protect him/her from all evil. Amen
PRAYER BEFORE MASS
My Lord, please fill (priest's name) with Your love as he prepares
to celebrate Holy Mass with You today. Amen.
PRAYER BEFORE THE GOSPEL
My Lord, please proclaim Your Word through (Priest's name) Amen.
PRAYER BEFORE HOMILY
My Lord, please anoint (Priest's name) that he may speak what You
want him to speak and open our hearts so that we can hear what You
want us to hear. Amen
PRAYER BEFORE CONSECRATION
My Lord, help us to see You in (Priests Name) as he consecrates with
You the bread and wine into Your Body and Blood. Amen.
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
My Lord, please heal (priest's name) by the power of Your
Eucharistic presence within him. Amen.
PRAYER AFTER MASS
My Lord, I thank You for celebrating Mass with (priests name).
Please bless him abundantly this day. Amen.
Keep them, I pray Thee, dearest Lord,
Keep them, for they are Thine -
Thy priests whose lives burn out before
Thy consecrated shrine.
them, for they are in the world.
Though from the world apart;
When earthly pleasures tempt, allure, -
Shelter them in Thy heart.
them, and comfort them in hours
Of loneliness and pain,
When all their life of sacrifice
For souls seems but in vain.
them, and O remember, Lord,
They have no one but Thee,
Yet they have only human hearts,
With human frailty.
them as spotless as the Host,
That daily they caress;
Their every thought and word and deed,
Deign, dearest Lord, to bless.
~ ~ ~
Prayer for Priests
0 Holy Mother of God,
pray for the priests your Son has chosen to serve the
Help them, by your intercession, to be holy, zealous, and
Make them models of virtue in the service of God's people.
Help them be pious in meditation, efficacious in preaching,
and zealous in the daily offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the
Help them administer the Sacraments with love and joy. Amen.
Thou Art a Priest Forever
~ J.B. Henri Lacordaire, OP
To live in
the midst of the world with
no desire for its pleasure...
To be a member of every family
yet belonging to none...
To share all sufferings; to penetrate
all secrets; to heal all wounds...
To daily go from men to God to
offer Him their petitions...
To return from God to men
to offer them His hope...
To have a heart of fire for charity
and a heart of bronze for chastity...
To bless and be blest forever.
O God, what a life, and it is yours,
O Priest of Jesus Christ!
for Priests - could be said during Holy Mass?
In Your divine Goodness and Holiness, O Eternal Father, I
Through Your divine Truth and Wisdom, O Eternal Son, I adore You.
By Your divine Love and Harmony, O Eternal Spirit, I adore You.
I pray for this Priest,
and all the Priests of this Parish. (Deanery / Diocese)
I beg You, most Holy Trinity,
make them perfect Priests,
in the image of Jesus Christ,
The Eternal Priest.
Give them the Grace of perfect obedience
to our Holy Father, The Pope.
Give the Grace of perfect devotion
to the Blessed Virgin Mary,
making them champions of her Marian movement.
Give them the Grace of perfect adoration
of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.
For these purposes and for these reasons,
I consecrate them,
all that they are, all that they do, all that they have,
past, present and to come, forever,
to The Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart
of the blessed Virgin Mary,
and into the company of the Angels, Saints and Holy Souls. AMEN.
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Keepers of the flame: "I WILL GIVE YOU SHEPHERDS AFTER MY OWN HEART, WHO WILL LEAD YOU WITH
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING." JEREMIAH 3:15 (NIV)
Picture this: Joshua’s soldiers are down in the valley fighting the
Amalekites. Above him, on a hilltop, sits Moses with his hands raised
towards heaven. So long as he does, the battle goes their way. But if you’ve
ever tried to hold your hands up for long, you’ll know that you quickly
grow weary and lower them. The moment Moses did that, the battle went
against Israel. So Aaron and Hur moved to his side, held up his arms, and
the tide turned again in their favour. Notice, it wasn’t Joshua’s
ability to fight, it was Moses’ ability to hold up his arms that won the
day. Two men kept one man from fainting, so that an entire nation could be
If your pastor’s arms drop from exhaustion, God will judge you, not
him, because you weren’t there to strengthen him. Take a moment and let
that sink in!
If God’s given you a pastor who leads you and feeds you – support
him! In the Old Testament tabernacle, the candlesticks had to be kept
burning day and night because their light represented God’s presence
amongst His people. If a candle so much as flickered, designated servants
moved in immediately to trim it and restore it to its original glow.
It’s your responsibility to make sure that the light doesn’t
flicker in your church or the fire go out in your pulpit. So pray for
your pastor every day and be sure to encourage him every chance you get!
Over one half of those who enter the ministry leave it within 10 years –
because of discouragement! What a challenge to the keepers of the
LINKS FOR INFO:
the feast of the Sacred Heart, Friday June 19th 2009, the Holy Father
opened the Year for Priests with Vespers in St. Peter's Basilica. Pope
Benedict is calling on all priests to strive for spiritual and moral
perfection, and so become better leaders of the parishes. He also asks
all Catholics to pray for the growth of their priests in holiness, and
Pray for your priests >> prayers
priest is not born of an angel but of a mother. He is chosen from
amongst the people, is anointed with the Sacrament of
Priesthood and returned back to the people, to the Church -
into their care, their prayer and their love. The priest is a sign
of the omnipotence of our God. Pray for priests. Love them.
Support them. Help them to be holy. We are weak and fragile. If
your knees are not bent in prayer for us, we stumble and
fall. We need your prayer." ~ Fr.
Jozo Zovko ofm
St. John Marie Vianney,
Cure d’Ars, said: “If
I were to meet a priest and an angel, I would greet the priest first and
then the angel ... If there were no priest, the Passion and death of
Jesus would serve no purpose. What use is a treasure chest full of
gold if there is no one who can unlock it? The priest has the key
to the treasures of Heaven."
of Love of the Cure of Ars "I
love You, O my God and my sole desire is to love You
until the last breath of my life. I love You, O infinitely lovable
God and I prefer to die loving You than live
one instant without loving You. I love You, O my God, and I do not
desire anything but Heaven so as to have the joy of loving You
perfectly. I love You, O my God, and I fear hell, because there
will not be the sweet consolation of loving You.
O my God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You, I
want my heart to say it in every beat. Allow me the grace to suffer
loving You, to love you suffering and one day
to die loving You and feeling that I love You. And as I approach my end,
I beg you to increase and perfect my love of You.”
A prayer for Vocations, by the Cure of Ars.
My dear Jesus, You desire that we pray the Lord of the harvest that he send zealous labourers into his harvest.
Deign to raise up in your church, and especially in this diocese, numerous and holy priests who, taking your
divine heart as their model, will, in the exercise of their holy priesthood, promote the glory of your heavenly
Father and the salvation of those souls whom you have redeemed with your precious blood. Give us truly holy
priests who, inflamed with the fire of your divine love, seek nothing but your greater glory and the salvation of
souls. O Mary, Queen of the clergy, pray for us; obtain for us a great number of vocations to the priesthood.
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