"When you see me standing up there, mumbling to myself and apparently taking no notice of you, all dressed up in silk like a great pin cushion, you mustn’t think of me as something quite apart, at a distance from you, uninterested in your feelings and your concerns. On the contrary, I am standing there like a great pin cushion for you to stick pins into me—all the things you want to pray about, all the things you want for yourself and all the worries that are going on at home, are part of the prayer that I am saying, and I couldn’t prevent them being part of my intentions in saying the Mass, even if I wanted to."
-- Msgr. Ronald Knox (Mass in Slow Motion)
For the Clergy
Most Merciful Father, I humbly beseech Thee to send down upon Thy Servants, the Bishops and Pastors of Thy Church, and especially upon the Bishop of this diocese, and the Clergy of this parish, Thy heavenly blessing.
Give them the Spirit of wisdom and holiness, patience and charity, zeal and watchfulness, that they may faithfully declare Thy will, boldly rebuke vice, rightly and duly administer Thy holy Sacraments, and intercede with Thee acceptably for Thy people.
Support and comfort them under all suffering and opposition for the cause of Thy truth, and grant that they may turn many to righteousness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.