Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Holy Thursday: Prayer for Our Priests

Adoration Chapel - Benedictine Monastery, Oahu
On Holy Thursday we celebrate not only the institution of the Holy Eucharist but also the institution of the holy priesthood.  Let us pray for our priests with the Holy Thursday prayer from The Magnificat:

Sts. Peter and Paul, Honolulu
Divine Savior Jesus Christ,
who has entrusted the whole work of Your redemption,
the welfare, and salvation of the world to priests
as Your representatives,
through the hands of Your most holy Mother
and for the sanctification of Your priests
and candidates for the priesthood,
I offer You this present day wholly and entirely,
with all its prayers, works, joys, sacrifices, and sorrows.
Give us truly holy priests who, inflamed with the fire of Your divine love,
seek nothing but Your greater glory
and the salvation of our souls.

And you, Mary, good Mother of priests,
protect all priests in the dangers of their holy vocation and,
with the loving hand of a Mother, also lead back to the Good Shepherd
those poor priests who have become unfaithful to their exalted vocation and have gone astray.