A Prayer for Priests
"Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit!
Increase the number of our priests! Make them strong in faith,
always alert to your people's needs, ever profoundly spiritual,
understanding and charitable.
Grant to priests zeal in their vocation, success in their labors.
May they do all things for love of You and love of neighbor. Amen.
Pray for priests, O Holy Mother of God, that they may be made worthy
of the promises of Christ. Amen."
(The Everyday Prayer Book, The Missionary Oblates Of Mary Immaculate, Belleville, Ill. 62223. Copyright 1978. Imprimatur +Albert R. Zuroweste, Retired Bishop of Belleville, April, 1978.)
The prayer above was from my mother's prayer book, which we found after her death. This page had been opened so often that the binding was broken. I can tell you that this prayer has helped. If you want your priest to be a good example of Christ among us, and to do a good job for you, prayer for him often. (The pastor.)
O God, who has appointed His only begotten Son to be the eternal High Priest for the glory of Thy Majesty and the salvation of mankind; grant that they whom He has chosen to be His ministers and the stewards of His mysteries, may be found faithful in the fulfillment of the ministry which they have received. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. (Roman Missal). (Granted an indulgence in 1936, but revoked by the Sacred Apostolic Penitentiary in 1968.)
The image of a priest celebrating mass is from the Key of Heaven, page 83, author unknown, Regina Press, NY. Imprimaturs 1924, 1948.
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