Prayers for Priests

  • Prayer to Mary, Mother of Priests
  • Spiritual Communion
  • Rosary for Priests
  • Prayer to Mary for Holy Vocations
  • Prayer to Be a Worthy Priest
  • Prayer of Pope Benedict XVI for Priests
  • Spiritual Bouquet
  • A Prayer for Priests
  • St. John Vianney's Prayer
  • St. Thérèse of Lisieux Prayer for Priests
  • Prayer for Sanctification of the Clergy
  • You Are a Priest Forever
O Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ and Mother of Priests, accept this title which we bestow on you to celebrate your motherhood and to contemplate with you the Priesthood of Your Son and of your sons, O holy Mother of God.   O Mother of Christ, to the Messiah-Priest you gave a body of flesh through the anointing of the Holy Spirit for the salvation of the poor and the contrite of heart; guard priests in your heart and in the Church, O Mother of the Savior.   O Mother of Faith, you accompanied to the Temple the Son of Man, the fulfillment of the promises given to the fathers; give to the Father for His glory the priests of your Son, O Ark of the Covenant.   O Mother of the Church, in the midst of the disciples in the upper room you prayed to the Spirit for the new people and their shepherds; obtain for the Order of Presbyters a full measure of gifts O Queen of the Apostles.   O Mother of Jesus Christ, you were with Him at the beginning of His life and mission, you sought the Master among the crowd, you stood beside Him when He was lifted up from the earth consumed as the one eternal sacrifice, and you had John, your son, near at hand; accept from the beginning those who have been called, protect their growth, in their life ministry accompany your sons, O Mother of Priests. AMEN.   ~ Pope John Paul II, Pastores Dabo Vobis, 1992

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“In her daily preparation for Calvary, Mary experienced a kind of ‘anticipated Eucharist’ – one might say a ‘spiritual communion’ – of desire and of oblation, which would culminate in her union with her Son in his passion, and then find expression after Easter by her partaking in the Eucharist which the Apostles celebrated as the memorial of that passion.”  (Ecclesia de Eucharistia, 56)

Among the prayers and spiritual offering made on behalf of priests, sponsors may consider offering Eucharistic Communion, or even Spiritual Communion for the sanctification of priests. The Eucharist and the Priesthood are inseparably united. Following the example of Mary, unite with her Son spiritually at any time and offer this gift for your “adopted son” and his continued closeness to Christ.

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ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.

AMEN.

“His mother said to the servants, ‘Whatever He says to you, do it. ~ Jn 2:5

“With the Rosary, the Christian people sits at the school of Mary and is led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of his love. Through the Rosary the faithful receive abundant grace, as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer.” cf: Rosarium Virginis Maria (1)

  The rosary is a beautiful and efficacious form of prayer. Rooted in Sacred Scripture, it allows us to intimately contemplate Christ in the Mysteries of our Redemption through the eyes of His holy Mother, Mary.  You may wish to offer at least five decades of the rosary daily, weekly, or even monthly for your adopted priest and  for his intentions.

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THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES I.The Annunciation Let us contemplate, in this Mystery, how the Angel Gabriel saluted our Blessed Lady with the title, Full of grace, and declared unto her the Incarnation of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

~ Mary, Mother of Priests, pray for our priests!  May they share in your Humility.

II. The Visitation

Let us contemplate, in this Mystery, how the Blessed Virgin Mary, understanding from the Angel that her cousin, Elizabeth, had conceived, went with haste into the mountains of Judea to visit her, remaining with her three months.

~ Mary, Mother of Priests, pray for our priests!  Guide them in Generosity to those in need.

III. The Nativity

Let us contemplate, in this Mystery, how the Blessed Virgin Mary, when the time of delivery had come, brought forth our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, at Midnight, and laid Him in a manger because there was no room for Him at the inns of Bethlehem.

~ Mary, Mother of Priests, pray for our priests!  May they be witnesses of the Spirit of Poverty.

IV. The Presentation

Let us contemplate, in this Mystery, how the Blessed Virgin Mary, on the day of her Purification, presented the Child Jesus in the Temple, where holy Simeon, giving thanks to God with great devotion, received Him into his arms.

~ Mary, Mother of Priests, pray for our priests!  May they be lovers of Obedience.

IV. The Finding in the Temple

Let us contemplate, in this Mystery, how the Blessed Virgin Mary, after having lost her beloved Son in Jerusalem, sought Him for the space of three days; and at length found Him in the Temple, sitting in the midst of the Doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions.

~ Mary, Mother of Priests, pray for our priests!  May they reflect Christ’s Wisdom.

     AMEN.

THE LUMINOUS MYSTERIES

I. The Baptism of our Lord

Let us contemplate, in this Mystery, how our Lord Jesus Christ humbled Himself to be baptized by John, thus inviting the Father and the Holy Spirit to reveal His divine nature to all creation.

~ Mary, Mother of Priests, pray for our priests!  May they Humble themselves for Christ.

II. The Wedding feast at Cana

Let us contemplate, in this Mystery, how our Lord Jesus acted out of concern for the newly-married couple and obedience to His mother, the Virgin Mary–causing His disciples to believe in Him.

~ Mary, Mother of Priests, pray for our priests!  May they be exemplars of Charity and Faith.

III. The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God and the Call to Repentance

Let us contemplate, in this Mystery, how our Lord Jesus preached the good news to the poor, release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind.

~ Mary, Mother of Priests, pray for our priests!  May they call others to Repentance and Trust.

IV. The Transfiguration of our Lord

Let us contemplate, in this Mystery, how our Lord Jesus took His three closest disciples and showed them how Moses and Elijah–the Law and Prophets–all pointed to Him and His divine glory.

~ Mary, Mother of Priests, pray for our priests!  May they guide us to more clearly see your Son in the silence of Prayer and Contemplation.

V. The Institution of the Eucharist

Let us contemplate, in this Mystery, how our Lord Jesus Christ gave the world, through the Twelve, His own pure Body and Precious Blood.

~ Mary, Mother of Priests, pray for our priests!  May their own Self-Gift unite with that of your Son.

     AMEN.

THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES

I. The Agony in the Garden

Let us contemplate, in this Mystery, how our Lord Jesus was so afflicted in the Garden of Gethsemane that His Body became bathed in a bloody swear, which ran down in great drops to the parched ground.

~ Mary, Mother of Priests, pray for our priests!  May they lead us in Fervent Prayer.

II. The Scourging at the Pillar

Let us contemplate, in this Mystery, how our Lord Jesus Christ was most cruelly scourged in the house of Pilate.

~ Mary, Mother of Priests, pray for our priests!  May they show us love in Sacrifice and Mortification.

III. The Crowning with Thorns

Let us contemplate, in this Mystery, how those cruel ministers of Satan plaited a crown of thorns, and mercilessly pressed it on the sacred head of our Lord Jesus Christ.

~ Mary, Mother of Priests, pray for our priests!  May they teach us Christian Courage.

IV. The Carrying of the Cross

Let us contemplate, in this Mystery, how our Lord Jesus Christ, being sentenced to die, bore, with the most amazing patience, the cross which was laid upon Him for His greater torment and ignominy.

~ Mary, Mother of Priests, pray for our priests!  May their lives be a witness of Patience and Resignation.

V. The Crucifixion

Let us contemplate, in this Mystery, how our Lord Jesus Christ, having come to Mount Calvary, was stripped of His clothes, and His hands and feet were cruelly nailed to the cross in the presence of His afflicted Mother.

~ Mary, Mother of Priests, pray for our priests!  May they teach us the Spirit of Self-Sacrifice.

     AMEN.

THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES

I. The Resurrection

Let us contemplate, in this Mystery, how our Lord Jesus Christ, triumphing gloriously over death, rose again the third day, immortal and impassible.

~ Mary, Mother of Priests, pray for our priests!  May they help to strengthen our Faith and lead us to New Life in Christ.

II. The Ascension

Let us contemplate, in this Mystery, how our Lord Jesus Christ, forty days after His Resurrection, ascended into heaven, attended by angels, in the sight of His most holy Mother and His holy Apostles and disciples.

~ Mary, Mother of Priests, pray for our priests!  May they lead us in Hope and the Desire for Heaven.

III. The Descent of the Holy Spirit

Let us contemplate, in this Mystery, how our Lord Jesus Christ, being seated at the right hand of the Father, sent, as He had promised, the Holy Spirit upon His Apostles and His Mother. These, after He ascended, returned to Jerusalem and continued in prayer and supplication, waiting for the fulfillment of His promise.

~ Mary, Mother of Priests, pray for our priests!  May they radiate Zeal for Souls.

IV. The Assumption

Let us contemplate, in this Mystery, how the glorious Virgin, having completed the course of her earthly existence, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.

~ Mary, Mother of Priests, pray for our priests!  May they teach us Filial Devotion to Mary.

V. The Coronation

Let us contemplate, in this Mystery, how the glorious Virgin Mary was, to the great jubilee and exultation of the whole heavenly Court, crowned by her Son with the most resplendent glory as Queen of Heaven.

~ Mary, Mother of Priests, pray for our priests!  May they be models of Faithfulness and Perseverance.

     AMEN.

O Mary, Mother of God, Mother of the Church,

In this hour so meaningful for us, we are one heart and one mine: as were Peter, the Apostles, the brethren, joined in prayer, with you, in the Cenacle. We entrust to you our lives. To you we all, one and all, repeat: “totus tuus ego sum,” that you may take up our consecration and unite tit with that of Jesus and your won, as an oblation to God the Father, for the life of the world. We pray you to look upon the needs of your children, as you did at Cana, when you were touched to the heart by that family’s situation. Today, the greatest need of this your family is for vocations: presbyteral, diaconal, religious, and missionary.

So, reach with your “suppliant omnipotence” the hearts of many our brethren, that they may listen, understand, and respond to the voice of the Lord. Repeat to them, in the depths of their consciences, the invitation addressed to the servants at Cana: Do whatever Jesus tells you.

We shall be ministers of God and of the Church, vowed to evangelize, sanctify, nourish our brethren: teach us and give us the attitudes of the good shepherd; feed and give increase to our apostolic dedication; strengthen and ever regenerate our love for the suffering; enlighten and enliven our resolve toward virginity for the Kingdom of Heaven; infuse and keep us in the sense of fraternity and communion.

AMEN.

~ Pope John Paul II

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Almighty and merciful God, graciously attend to my humble prayers and make me, your servant whom You have appointed to dispense your heavenly mysteries, through no merits of my own, but only of the infinite bounty of your mercy, a worthy minister at your sacred altar, that what is set forth by my voice may be confirmed by your hallowing grace. Through Christ our Lord.

AMEN.

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LORD JESUS CHRIST, Eternal High Priest, You offered Yourself to the Father on the altar of the Cross and through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit gave your priestly people a share in your redeeming sacrifice.

Hear our prayer for the sanctification of our priests. Grant that all who are ordained to the ministerial priesthood may be ever more conformed to You, the divine Master. May they preach the Gospel with pure heart and clear conscience.

Let them be shepherds according to your own Heart, single-minded in service to You and to the Church and shining examples of a holy, simple and joyful life.

Through the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary, your Mother and ours, draw all priests and the flocks entrusted to their care to the fullness of eternal life where you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

AMEN.

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI

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A Spiritual Bouquet is a collection of prayers and spiritual offering made on behalf of a specific person. Spiritual Bouquets make wonderful gifts of appreciation for  Pastors, for retired priests, or even as an ordination anniversary gift. Though you are not able to contact your adopted priest, you are certainly not prevented from making a Spiritual Bouquet in his honor.  In eternity he will thank you!  All are invited to record their selections on the printable Adopt-a-Priest Spiritual Bouquet Card.

The following are suggestions for use in a Spiritual Bouquet for a priest:

  • ROSE:  Mass(es) offered for your priest and his intentions
  • ORCHID: Eucharistic or Spiritual Communion(s)
  • LILY:  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
  • MAGNOLIA:  Pray a Rosary
  • DAHLIA: Say a 9-day Novena
  • TULIP:  Pray a Litany
  • BLEEDING HEART: Offer a Chaplet
  • LILY OF THE VALLEY: Offer General Prayers

 

O almighty eternal God, look upon the face of your Christ, and for the love of Him who is the eternal High-Priest, have pity on Your priests.  Remember, most compassionate God, that they are but weak and frail human beings. Stir up in them the grace of their vocation which is in them by the imposition of the Bishop’s hands. Keep them close to You, lest the enemy prevail against them, so that they may never do anything in the slightest degree unworthy of their sublime vocation.

O Jesus, I pray for your faithful and fervent priests; for your unfaithful and tepid priests; for your priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields; for your tempted priests; for your lonely and desolate priests; for your young priests; for your aged priests; for your sick priests; for your dying priests; for the souls of your priests in purgatory.

But above all I commend to You the priests dearest to me: the priest who baptized me; the priest who absolved me from my sins; the priest at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me your Body and Blood in Holy Communion; the priests who taught and instructed me or helped me and encouraged me; all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way, particularly (N). O Jesus, keep them all close to your heart, and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity.

AMEN.

Richard Cardinal Cushing (1895-1970) Archbishop of Boston

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I LOVE You, O my God, and my only desire is to love You, till the last breath of my life.   I LOVE You, O most lovable God, and I would rather die out of love for You, that live for one single moment without loving You.   I LOVE You, O my God, and the only reason why I wish to go to heaven is because there I will be able to love You perfectly.   I LOVE You, O my God, and the only reason why I fear hell is because there I will never have the joy of loving You.   O my God, if my tongue cannot say, at every moment, that I LOVE You, at least let my heart repeat these words every time I breathe.   Give me the grace to suffer out of LOVE for You and to LOVE You when I suffer. May I breathe my last in loving You and feeling that I LOVE You. As I come closer to my end, may my LOVE for You grow more and more perfect.   AMEN.   Click here to download a printable pdf of this prayer
O Jesus, eternal Priest. keep your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart, where none may touch them.   Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch Your Sacred Body.   Keep unsullied their lips, daily purpled with Your Precious Blood.
Divine Savior, Jesus Christ, who has entrusted the work of your redemption to priests as your representatives, I offer you through the hands of your most Holy Mother Mary, this present day, whole and entire, with all its prayers, works and sacrifices, its joys and sorrows, for your bishops, priests, deacons and those preparing for the priesthood. I pray especially for N.; protect him, Lord, and make him holy.

Give us truly holy priests, inflamed with the fire of your divine love, who seek nothing but your greater glory and the salvation of souls. And you, Mary, good Mother of priests, protect all priests, bishops, deacons, and seminarians from dangers to their holy vocation, and with the loving hand of a mother, lead back to the Good Shepherd those unfortunate priests who, unfaithful to their exalted vocation, have gone astray.

AMEN.

To live in the midst of the world with no desire for its pleasures; to be a member of every family, yet belonging to none; to share all sufferings; to penetrate all secrets, to heal all wounds, to daily go from men to God to offer Him their homage and petitions; to return from God to men to bring them His pardon and hope; to have a heart of bronze for chastity; to bless and to be blest forever.

O God, what a life, and it is yours, O Priest of Jesus Christ!

AMEN.

~ Jean-Baptiste Henri Lacordaire, O.P. (1802-1861)

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