"Every priest is chosen by the Lord, and placed in the world to labor, not to acquire wealth, nor applause, nor to indulge in amusements, nor to advance his family, but only to promote the interests of God's glory."
-- Saint Alphonsus Liguori (The Dignity and Duties of the Priest)
Prayer for Priests I
O Almighty and Eternal God, look upon the face of Thy Christ, and for love of Him who is the eternal High-priest, have pity on Thy priests. Remember, O most compassionate God, that they are but weak and frail human beings. Stir up in them the grace of their vocation which is in them by the imposition of the Bishop's hands. Keep them close to Thee, lest the enemy prevail against them, so that they may never do anything in the slightest degree unworthy of their sublime vocation.
Jesus, I pray Thee for Thy faithful and fervent priests,
for Thy unfaithful and tepid priests;
for Thy priests laboring at home or abroad in distant misssion fields;
for Thy tempted priests;
for Thy lonely and desolate priests;
for Thy young priests;
for Thy aged priests;
for Thy sick priests;
for Thy dying priests;
for the souls of Thy priests in purgatory.
But, above all, I commend to Thee the priests dearest to me: the priest who baptized me; the priests who absolved me from my sins; the priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me Thy Body and Blood in Holy Communion; the priests who taught and instructed me or helped me and encouraged me; all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way, particularly...
O Jesus, keep them all close to Thy heart and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity.
O Mary, Queen of the clergy, pray for us;
obtain for us many and holy priests.