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A Prayer for Priests as We Begin the Year For Priests

by Ian on June 19, 2009

Today is the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the beginning of the Year of the Priest.

The bishops of the U.S. have asked the faithful to pray this prayer throughout the jubilee year, and especially at Mass on Sunday:

Dear Lord,

we pray that the Blessed Mother

wrap her mantle around your priests

and through her intercession

strengthen them for their ministry.

We pray that Mary - Our Mother - will guide your priests

to follow her own words

"Do whatever He tells you" (John 2:5)

May your priests have the heart of St. Joseph,

Mary's most chaste spouse.

May the Blessed Mother's own pierced heart

inspire them to embrace

all who suffer at the foot of the cross.

May your priests be holy,

filled with the fire of your love

seeking nothing but your greater glory,

and the salvation of souls.

Amen.

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