Pope Emeritus Benedict has said that the function of priests is essential and irreplaceable in announcing the Word and celebrating the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist. Consequently, it is vital to ask the Lord to send workers into His harvest and that these workers are faithful to their identity.
Please join me on this special day, Priesthood Sunday, in praying for all priests, in praising God for their courage and their generosity. Think of the priests who have made a difference in your lives: the priest who baptized you, the priests who gave you the blessing of the sick or were present at family gatherings, the priests who married you or buried a loved one, the priests from whom you received the Eucharist or the sacrament of reconciliation. A simple note, a smile or a phone call will assure them of your gratitude for their presence in our lives and in the life of our churches and go a long way to serve the greater good of our wonderful and growing Catholic Church.
A Prayer for PriestsLord Jesus, we your people pray to You for our priests. You have given them to us for OUR needs. We pray for them in THEIR needs.
We know that You have made them priests in the likeness of your own priesthood. You have consecrated them, set them aside, anointed them, filled them with the Holy Spirit, appointed them to teach, to preach, to minister, to console, to forgive, and to feed us with Your Body and Blood.
Yet we know, too, that they are one with us and share our human weaknesses. We know too that they are tempted to sin and discouragement, as are we, needing to be ministered to, as do we, to be consoled and forgiven, as do we. Indeed, we thank You for choosing them from among us, so that they understand us as we understand them, suffer with us and rejoice with us, worry with us and trust with us, share our beings, our lives, our faith.
We ask that You give them this day the gift You gave Your chosen ones on the way to Emmaus:
Your presence in their hearts,
Your holiness in their souls,
Your joy in their spirits.
And let them see You face to face in the breaking of the Eucharistic Bread.
We pray to You, O Lord, with Mary, the mother of priests, for Your priests and for ours. Amen.