19. Thanksgiving and Intercession for Priests
Lord Jesus, you have chosen your priests from among us and sent them out to proclaim your word and act in your name.
For so great a gift to your Church, we give you praise and thanksgiving, we ask you to fill them with the fire of your love, that their ministry may reveal your presence in the Church. Since they are earthen vessels, we pray that your power shine out through their weakness. In their afflictions let them never be crushed; in their doubts, never despair; in temptation, never be destroyed; in persecution, never abandoned. Inspire them through prayer to live each day the mystery of your dying and rising. In times of weakness, send your Spirit, and help them to praise your Heavenly Father and pray for the poor sinners.
By the same Holy Spirit put your word on their lips and your love in their hearts, to bring good news to the poor and healing to the broken-hearted. And may the gift of Mary, your Mother, to the disciple whom you loved, be your gift to every priest. Grant that she who formed you in her human image, may form them in your Divine Image, by the power of your Spirit, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.
About the Prayer for Priests Series
Spiritual Adoption of Priests through Opus Angelorum
More about the need to pray for priests, along with prayers.
Chalice of Strength - the booklet, is available through Opus Angelorum for just 75 cents. You can buy it online through them, or just visit the Assumption Grotto Giftshop & Cafe after the 9:30 or Noon Masses, or after any weekday morning Mass to pick it up and browse other selections.
Help one priest to receive graces from God through your prayers, and you help everyone with whom the priest has contact - actually and spiritually.