Saturday, November 14, 2009

USCCB - Year For Priests

A Prayer for PriestsIn this Year of the Priest, O God,
we ask Your blessing on those
You have called to priestly ministry.
May they, above all, be faithful and passionate
followers of Your beloved Son, Jesus.

May they be compassionate, as Jesus was,
toward all who seek spiritual comfort
and forgiveness.
May they open wide their hearts
to all in need of Your merciful embrace.

May they be teachers, as Jesus was,
steeped in Your Word and teaching, on fire
with it, and breaking it open for all who are
hungry for Your holy and transforming Word.

May they be prophets, as Jesus was,
speaking courageously for what is right and
true, proclaiming Your kingdom to all in need
of Your grace and giving voice to all Your
children, especially the poor and marginalized.

May they be prayerful, as Jesus was,
hearts burning within them and set upon You
above all.
From the rising of the sun to its setting,
may they be the voice of praise and thanksgiving,
and of faith, hope, and love to all in their care.

St. John Vianney, beloved priest of God, pray
for us and for all your brother priests.


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