Prayers for Priests

See also: Prayer for Protection against Modernism

V/. Remember, O Lord, Thy congregation.
R/. Which Thou hast possessed from the beginning.

Let us pray.
O Lord Jesus, born to give testimony to the Truth, Thou who lovest unto the end those whom Thou hadst chosen, kindly hear our prayers for our pastors. Thou who knowest all things, knowest that they love Thee and can do all things in Thee who strengthen them.

Sanctify them in Truth. Pour into them, we beseech Thee, the Spirit whom Thou didst give to Thy apostles, who would make them, in all things, like unto Thee.

Receive the homage of love which they offer up to Thee, who hast graciously received the threefold confession of Peter.

And so that a pure oblation may everywhere be offered without ceasing unto the Most Holy Trinity, graciously enrich their number and keep them in Thy love, who art one with the Father and the Holy Ghost, to whom be glory and honour forever. Amen.

[Nihil obstat: Vic. Gen. FSSP, 05.II.2007]

 

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Keep them, I pray Thee, dearest Lord,
keep them, for they are Thine –
Thy priests whose lives burn out before
Thy consecrated shrine.

Keep them, for they are in the world,
though from the world apart;
When earthly pleasures tempt, allure –
shelter them in Thy heart.

Keep them, and comfort them in hours
of loneliness and pain,
when all their lives of sacrifice
for souls seems but in vain.

Keep them, and O remember, Lord,
they have no one but Thee,
yet they have only human hearts,
with human frailty.

Keep them as spotless as the Host,
that daily they caress;
their every thoughts and word and deed,
Deign, dearest Lord, to bless.

Our Father … Hail Mary

Mary, Queen of Confessors, pray for them.

 

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