Thursday, July 9, 2009

Masses for Priests

St. Pio said, "Every Holy Mass, heard with devotion, produces in our souls marvelous effects, abundant spiritual graces which we, ourselves, do not know...It would be easier for the world to exist without the sun than without the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass!"

I have already appealed for Masses for faithful departed priests, but there is also much to be gained spiritually by having Masses said for all priests--benefits for priests, for those attending the Masses, for those having Masses offered, and for the world. How often do you think that priests--without whom there would be no Holy Sacrifice--are themselves the recipients of a Mass intention?

If you would like to do something special for a favorite priest or all priests, consider giving the gift of a Mass or Masses. What could be more appropriate or a greater gift in this Year of the Priest when the emphasis is on prayer for the sanctification of priests--especially considering that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the highest form of prayer?

If timely scheduling of Masses in your parish is not possible, a good place to send to have Masses scheduled quickly is . Missionary priests, who will offer the Masses, will also benefit from this support of their ministry.

St. Pio, pray for priests and pray for those they shepherd!

Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest, Mother of all priests, and our Mother, help us respond generously to the Holy Spirit's request, through the voice of His Church, to offer up to God Eucharistic adoration for priests.

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