Friday, July 12, 2013

Prayer for priests

O my Jesus, 
I beg You on behalf of the whole Church: 
Grant it love and the light of Your Spirit 
and give power to the words of priests 
so that hardened hearts might be brought to repentance 
and return to You, O Lord.

Lord, give us holy priests; 
You Yourself maintain them in holiness. 
O Divine and Great High Priest, 
may the power of Your mercy accompany them everywhere 
and protect them from the devil's traps and snares 
which are continually being set for the souls of priests. 
May the power of Your mercy, O Lord, 
shatter and bring to naught 
all that might tarnish the sanctity of priests, 
for You can do all things. 
I ask You, Jesus, 
for a special blessing 
and for light for the priests 
before whom I will make my confessions throughout my lifetime.