National Pray for a Priest Day

Not until someone sent me something via email did I realize that today was – National Pray for a Priest Day. I am blessed to work with three very good and holy priests that serve our parish daily with sacrificial love. My Pastor, Fr. Will Schmid, is one of the best priests I know and truly has a heart for Jesus Christ and His Catholic Church. His vision when it comes to running a parish and having a sound liturgy is truly unmatched. It’s a blessing to work for such a great man of God.

With Ordinations occurring over the past few weeks and some happening this weekend, such as the Diocese of Phoenix Ordinations tomorrow, it is is good reminder for us all to pray for our Priests. Here is a prayer written by Pope Benedict XVI to pray for priests –

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, forever and ever. Amen.

Pope St. John Paul II as a young priest.

To read more about the Priesthood, I encourage you to read articles I have written in the past –

Quick Lessons from the Catechism: The Sacrament of Holy Orders

Phoenix Ordinations and the Catholic Priesthood 

“Mondays with Mary” – Six Quotes on the Importance of Mary to the Catholic Priesthood 

World Day of Prayer for Vocations – The Catholic Priesthood 

An Ordination to the Priesthood, The Saint Ignatius Institute, and True Friendships 

Happy 5th Anniversary to the Catholic Priesthood!  

Vocations Sunday 2013 – The Catholic Priesthood

Pope Benedict XVI: 65 Years as a Catholic Priest 

Saint John Vianney, Patron of Parish Priests…Pray for our Priests 

3 thoughts on “National Pray for a Priest Day

  1. This is a prayer my Miles Christi Formation Group is praying:Prayer for Priests

    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 dying priests; for the souls of Your priests in Purgatory.

    But above all I recommend to You the priests dearest to me: the Priest who baptized me; the Priest who gave me Your Body for the first time in my life; for the Priest who absolved me from my sins; the Priest at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me Yourself in Holy Communion; the Priest who taught and instructed me, especially those who directed my Spiritual Exercises; for all the Priests whom I am indebted to in any other way.
    Jesus, keep them all close to your Heart and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity. Amen

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