Sunday, July 5, 2009

Prayer for a Deceased Priest

O God, Thou didst raise Thy servant, N.,
to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ,
according to the order of Melchisedech,
giving him the sublime power to offer the Eternal Sacrifice,
to bring the Body and Blood of Thy Son Jesus Christ
down upon the altar,
and to absolve the sins of men in Thine own Holy Name.


We beseech Thee to reward his faithfulness
and to forget his faults,
admitting him speedily into Thy Holy Presence,
there to enjoy forever the recompense of his labors.
This we ask through Jesus Christ Thy Son, our Lord.


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

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