5 July 2011

Prayer for Priests

I've been reminded of late that I really need to pray more for our priests.  While I try to remember to mention them in prayer before Mass and sometimes during the day, I don't necessarily make a concerted effort to pray for them as I should.  I'm humbled in reading about St Jean-Baptiste Vianney, who is the patron of priests.  I should follow his example, too, for his faith and service to God are amazing witnesses.  I found a beautiful prayer asking for his intercession, as well:

Most gracious Heavenly Father, We thank you for our faithful priests and bishops, whose spiritual fatherhood and example of fidelity, self-sacrifice, and devotion is so vital to the faith of your people.

May our spiritual fathers be guided by the example of St. John Vianney. Give them valiant faith in the face of confusion and conflict, hope in time of trouble and sorrow, and steadfast love for you, for their families, and for all your people throughout the world. May the light of your Truth shine through their lives and their good works.

Assist all spiritual fathers, that through your Grace they may steadily grow in holiness and in knowledge and understanding of your Truth. May they generously impart this knowledge to those who rely on them. Through Christ our Lord.

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