On the Catholic Priesthood

Saturday November 03, 2018

Day 1 - St. John Vianney Novena

Saint John Vianney, you were blessed with a loving and devout family who supported your desire to increase your faith and devote yourself fully towards imitating the life of our Lord Jesus Christ. In your quest to pursue your holy vocation, you were not deterred by the many obstacles that came your way. Your strong faith carried you through all of life’s trials to your place in God’s kingdom.

Obtain for me the same courage and faith that allowed you to give all to God without counting the cost. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide me to the right decisions that will best serve God and my neighbor.

Believing in the power of your kind intercession, I humbly ask you to pray for me and the special intention I am hoping God will grant me through this novena:  For the successful surgery of Fr Mark Shuey and his complete recovery.

St. John Vianney, Priest of Ars, pray for our priests, and pray for us. Amen.

Prayer for Deceased Priests


Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that the souls of Thy servants, Thy priests whom in this life
Thou didst honor with the sacred office, may rejoice in the glory of Heaven for ever more.
Amen.

We pray for the happy repose of the soul of ........

May eternal rest be granted to him, O Lord, and let Perpetual Light shine upon him, and may he rest in peace. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace.

AMEN

Wednesday October 24, 2018

All Souls Novena

(Say once a day for nine days, starting on 24 October until the eve of All Souls Day.)

O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant to the souls of Thy servants and handmaids departed, the remission of all their sins; that through pious supplications they may obtain the pardon they have always desired. Who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

Source: Fish Eaters

Wednesday September 26, 2018

Reparation

O most loving Jesus, who deignest to trust Thyself daily to the hands of priests, I adore Thee with the utmost reverence; I deplore all the irreverences committed by priests, and I most ardently desire that Thou mayest be loved by all men in the Sacrament of Thy love.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory.

 Source: Daily Exercise of Reparation p11 (League Devotions and Choral Services with hymns: For the Apostleship of Prayer, League of the Sacred Heart 1895)

Tuesday September 25, 2018

Prayer for the Clergy

O God, who willest that Thy priests should be holy and without blemish before Thee; grant unto those whom Thou hast separated from among men in order to serve Thee at Thy holy altar, all sacerdotal virtues. So engrave the priestly character in the souls of those who are about to be admitted to the Sacred Order of Priesthood, that they may never in any way degenerate from their high vocation, but serve Thee in all holiness. Amen.

Source: Apostleship of Prayer, League of the Sacred Heart 1895

Friday September 21, 2018

Seven Penitential Psalms

There are few prayers so capable of disarming the justice of God, as the Penitential Psalms. We should endeavor to enter into the sentiments of compunction, love, devotion, admiration, and confidence, with which the Royal Prophet was penetrated when he composed them.He often speaks of the enemies who persecuted him, and these expressions may readily be applied to the devil and sin. (St. Vincent’s Manual, 1856)

Wednesday September 19, 2018

Ember Day: Litany to Obtain Holy Priests

Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy
Christ, hear us
Christ, Graciously hear us

God, Our Heavenly Father, have mercy on us
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
have mercy on us
God, The Holy Ghost, have mercy on us
Holy Trinity, Three Persons in one God,
have mercy on us

Lord, obtain for us priests
Lord, obtain for us holy priests
and make us docile to their teachings

Holy Mary, Queen of the Clergy,
obtain for us holy priests
Saint Joseph, Patron of the Church,
obtain for us holy priests
Saint Michael, splendor and protector of the Church militant, obtain for us holy priests

All you holy Saints and Archangels,
obtain for us holy priests
All you holy Patriarchs and Prophets,
obtain for us holy priests
All you holy Martyrs and Virgins,
obtain for us holy priests
All you holy Bishops and Confessors,
obtain for us holy priests
All you holy Priests and Doctors,
obtain for us holy priests
All you holy Founders of religious orders,
obtain for us holy priests

St. Anthony of Padua, defender of the Holy Eucharist, obtain for us holy priests
St. John-Mary Vianney, model of sacerdotal holiness, obtain for us holy priests
St. Francis Xavier, patron of missionary priests, obtain for us holy priests
St. Therese of the Child-Jesus and of the Holy Face, victim offered for the sanctification of priests, obtain for us holy priests
Saints and Servants of God, obtain for us holy priests.

To celebrate with reverence the Holy Mysteries,
obtain for us holy priests
To offer every day the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass,
obtain for us holy priests
To feed the people of God with the Bread of life,
obtain for us holy priests
To promote the splendors of the Divine Worship,
obtain for us holy priests
To regenerate souls through baptism,
obtain for us holy priests
To instruct the faithful in the Holy Faith,
obtain for us holy priests
To keep the faithful in the fear of the Lord,
obtain for us holy priests
To announce to all the Word of God,
obtain for us holy priests
To unmask and combat false doctrines,
obtain for us holy priests
To fortify the Faith of those who doubt,
obtain for us holy priests
To support and encourage those who fail,
obtain for us holy priests
To raise up those who fall and to reconcile them to God,obtain for us holy priests
To bring back to God those who rejected Him, obtain for us holy priests
To protect christian morality,
obtain for us holy priests

To fight with zeal the corruption of morality,
obtain for us holy priests
To bless holy unions, obtain for us holy priests
To defend the honor and sanctity of marriage,
obtain for us holy priests
To strengthen the happiness of our christian families, obtain for us holy priests
To fortity and console our sicks and those who suffer, obtain for us holy priests
To assist our dying ones, obtain for us holy priests
To lead our dead to eternal happiness,
obtain for us holy priests
To pray and offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for our dead, obtain for us holy priests
To give glory to God, and to give grace and peace to souls of good will, obtain for us holy priests.

Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

The Lord chose for Himself priests so that them will offer Him a worthy thanksgiving.

Let us pray.

God Almighty and merciful, favorably grant the prayers of Your faithful and grant to those whom You have given the immense generosity of your clemency, to be elevated to the service of the heavenly mysteries, to become worthy ministers at Your sacred altars, so that their teachings be confirmed by your sanctification. Through Our Lord Jesus-Christ, Amen.

Saturday September 15, 2018

Our Lady Mother of Sorrows


Our Lady, Mother of Sorrows pray for Priests, your special sons. Strengthen their faith and love of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, so that they may turn to Him for the grace they need to live a life faithful to their calling. Bring comfort, consolation and courage to those who are suffering under the weight of the Cross. Give them the love of your Son and zeal for the honor and glory of God, and the salvation of souls. Amen

Wednesday August 15, 2018

Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary for the Holy Church


Queen of heaven, thy immense love for God maketh thee likewise love His Church. We pray thee, come to its help amidst the ills under which it is now suffering, rent asunder as she is by her own children. Thy prayers, being a mother’s, can obtain all from that God Who loveth Thee so well.

Pray then, pray for the Church; ask for enlightenment for so many unbelievers who are persecuting it, and obtain for faithful souls the necessary strength to resist being caught in the snares of the unbelievers who would drag them down into their own ruin.

Source: St. Alphonsusʼ Prayer Book (Father Edward Saint Omer, Redemptorist.1888)

Thursday August 09, 2018

Memorare for the Clergy

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your clemency hear and answer me. Amen.

Our Lady, Mother of the Church, please intercede for the Church in this time of great trials.

Mary, Queen of the Clergy, Please intercede for our clergy and for their holiness of life.

Source: Cardinal Raymond Burke

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