The Holy Father's Exhortation on the Priesthood

"The witness of a priestly life well lived brings nobility to the Church, calls forth admiration among the faithful, and is a source of blessings for the community; it is the best way to promote vocations, the most authentic invitation to other young people to respond positively to the Lord's call. It is true collaboration in building the Kingdom of God!"

—Pope Benedict XVI, Meeting with clergy and religious in Aparecida, Brazil, May 12, 2007

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Novena for Priests

Jesus, Good Shepherd, Thou hast sent us the Holy Spirit to guide Thy Church and lead her faithful to Thee through the ministry of Thy priests.

Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, grant to Thy priests wisdom in leading, faithfulness in teaching, and holiness in guarding Thy Sacred Mysteries.

As they cry out with all the faithful, "Abba, Father!" may Thy priests be ever more closely identified with Thee in Thy Divine Sonship and offer their own lives with Thee, the one saving Victim.

Make them helpful brothers of one another, and understanding fathers of all Thy people.

On each Pentecost Sunday, renew in Thy priests deeper faith, greater trust in Thee, childlike reliance on our Mother Mary, and unwavering fidelity to the Holy Father and his bishops.

Holy Mary, intercede for your priests.
St. Joseph, protect them.
St. Michael, defend them.
St. John Vianney, pray for them.

With Ecclesiastical Approval Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C. Bishop of Peoria

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