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

Prayer for the Propagation of the Faith and the New Evangelization

  Eternal Father, by Thine infinite mercy and by the infinite merits of Thy Divine Son Jesus, make Thyself known and loved by all souls, since it is Thy Will that all should be saved. Glory be to the Father...
  Through the sacred mysteries of human redemption send, O Lord, laborers into Thy harvest, and spare Thy people.
  Eternal Word Incarnate, Redeemer of the human race, convert all souls to Thyself, since for them Thou wast obedient even to the death of the Cross. Glory be to the Father...
  Through the merits and intercession of Thy most holy Mother, and of all the Angels and Saints, send, O Lord, laborers into Thy harvest, and spare Thy people.
  O Holy Spirit of God, by the infinite merits of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ, diffuse Thy most ardent and all-powerful charity in all hearts, that there may be one Fold and one Shepherd throughout the world, and that all may come to sing thy Divine mercies in Heaven for ever. Amen. Glory be to the Father...
  Queen of Apostles, and all ye Angels and Saints, pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into His harvest and spare His people, that we may all rejoice with Him and the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.
  Immaculate Mother of God, Queen of Apostles, I know that the Divine Precept, by which I am bound to love my neighbor as myself, obliges me to procure by every possible means not only my eternal salvation, but also that of my neighbour. But I confess that through my sins I am not worthy of the grace to labor effectually and constantly for the eternal salvation of my soul and of the souls of my relations and neighbors; much less am I worthy of the grace to promote good
works and increase the means, both spiritual and temporal, of restoring Faith and rekindling Charity among Catholics, and propagating the truth throughout the world. Do thou then, O Mother, obtain for me this grace through the mercy of God
and the infinite merits of Jesus Chirst; and in union with the Heavenly Court and all the just, who are or will be in the Church of God, from hence forth I intend to offer these same merits of Jesus as a thanksgiving in anticipation of this grace
obtained by thee for us and for all, as thou didst obtain it for the holy Apostles. And so, I, N.N., trusting in thy powerful intercession, resolve from
henceforth to use whatever I have from God of power, talents, learning, riches, position, health, sickness or sorrow, for the greater glory of God and the salvation of my soul, and that of my neighbor, more especially by working for the propagation of piety and the holy faith throughout the world. And when all other means to this end fail me, I will never cease to pray, that there may be
one Fold and one Shepherd. By so doing I hope to reach Paradise, there to enjoy the fruit of the Apostolate of Jesus Christ for all eternity. Amen.
Hail Mary... (three times). Glory be to the Father... (once)

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