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 Sanctification of Priests

O Jesus, Eternal Pastor of souls, hear our prayer on behalf of our priests and hear in it Thine own eternal desire. Are not priests the object of Thy most tender and exquisite care, that profound love in which are summed up all Thy affections for
souls? Let us confess our unworthiness to have good priests. But Thy mercy is infinitely greater than our folly and wickedness.

O Jesus, grant that only those ascend to Thy priesthood who are called by Thee; enlighten pastors in their choice, inspire directors with a spirit of counsel, and teachers in the cultivation of vocations. Give us priests who are angels of purity,
models of humility, Seraphs of holy love, heroes of self-sacrifice, apostles of Thy glory, and saviors and saniStifiers of souls.

Have pity on the ignorant who should be enlightened, on the sons of toil who call for someone to save them from error and redeem them in Thy name, on all the children and youths who cry for such as may save them and bring them to Thee, on so many
who suffer and have need of a heart which will find them consolation in Thine. What a number of souls would arrive at perfection through the ministry of holy priests! Then, O Jesus, have compassion again on the crowds who hunger and thirst. Grant that
Thy priesthood may bring to Thee fainting humanity, and let the earth be once again renewed, the Church exalted, and the reign of Thy Heart established in peace.

Immaculate Virgin, Mother of the Eternal Priest, and thou thyself a priest at the altar, who hadst for thy first son of adoption St. John, the beloved priest of Jesus, who didst preside in the coenaculum, Mistress and Queen of the Apostles; deign to utter with thy sacred lips this our humble prayer; do thou make its accents to penetrate to the Heart of thy Divine Son, and, all-powerful in thy supplication, obtain for the Church of Thy Son Jesus a perennial renewal of Pentecost. Amen.

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