PRAYER FOR PRIESTS
On December 8th of 2007, the Congregation for the Clergy sent a letter to every diocesan Bishop in the world asking for a worldwide campaign to encourage the faithful to pray and especially make Eucharistic Adoration “in a spirit of genuine and authentic reparation and purification” for the salvation and sanctification of priests. The document also wanted to promote a renewed consciousness in the Church of the vocation to spiritual motherhood for priests. In 2009, the Holy Father proclaimed a Year for Priests to encourage the lay faithful to pray that priests may “grow in intimacy with Jesus, who counts on...His ministers to spread and to consolidate His Kingdom, to radiate His love, His truth” (Homily, June 19, 2009). (www.opusangelorum.org)
Priests depend upon our prayers—they need the spiritual support of the faithful. In light of the Year for the Priests, the Vocations Committee would like to invite you to evenings of prayer for our priests. This will take place every Thursday, in the Adoration Chapel, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. There will be suggested prayers as we commemorate the First Holy Thursday, when Our Lord went into the garden to pray, signaling the beginning of His divine Passion. Jesus intended that through priests, this all-important duty of the priestly office should live on in the Church in a visible way. As we accompany Him in His Passion, we prayerfully remember Jesus’ Precious Blood which He shed for love of us and for the salvation of the world. We pray that His Blood may assist priests and religious be faithful in the fulfillment of their vocations. We also intercede for those priests who have abandoned their vocation, that they may be reconciled to Christ and His Church.
In our Lord’s deepest despair, He found the Apostles asleep and asked them, “Could you have not stayed awake but for one hour?” As Pope John Paul II once wrote, we want to make up for that lost hour with our loving Adoration.
Please join us as we lift up our Pope, Bishops, priests, seminarians and for those in discernment that our prayers will bring courage, strength, peace, joy, mercy, compassion and love to their hearts, that they may be holy, humble, selfless vessels of Jesus Christ for all God’s children.