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Prayer for Priests

St. John Vianney

O Jesus, our great High Priest, hear my humble 
prayers on behalf of your priests.
Give them a deep faith, a bright and firm hope, 
and a burning love which will ever increase in the course of their priestly life.
In their loneliness, comfort them.
In their sorrows, strengthen them.
In their frustrations, point out to them that it is through suffering that the soul is 
purified and show them 
that they are needed by the Church;
they are needed by souls;
they are needed for the work of redemption.

O loving Mother Mary, Mother of Priests, take to your heart 
your sons who are close to you because of their 
priestly ordination and because of the power which 
they have received to carry on the work of Christ in a 
world which needs them so much.

Be their comfort; be their joy; be their strength; and 
especially help them to live and defend the ideals 
of consecrated celibacy.

+ John Joseph Cardinal Carberry
Archbishop of St. Louis

"Prayer for Priests"
Courtesy of CANOPY OF PRAYER; 3835 Westminster Place;  St. Louis, MO 63108

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