Prayer for Priests
O God, we ask Your blessing on those You have called to priestly ministry.
May they, above all, be faithful and passionate followers of
Your beloved Son, Jesus.
May they be compassionate, as Jesus was, toward all who seek
spiritual comfort and forgiveness.
May they open wide their hearts to all in need of Your merciful embrace.
May they be teachers, as Jesus was, steeped in Your Word and teaching,
on fire with it, and breaking it open for all who are hungry for Your holy
and transforming Word.
May they be teachers, as Jesus was, speaking courageously for
what is right and true,
proclaiming your kingdom to all in need of our grace and giving voice to all your
children, especially the poor and marginalized.
May they be prayerful, as Jesus was, hearts burning within them.
Form the rising of the sun to its setting, may they be the voice of
praise and thanksgiving, and of faith, hope and love to all in their care.