Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Lord...That I May Be Your Heart Today

Lord Jesus,
You have chosen Your priests from among us
and sent them to proclaim Your Word
and to act in Your Name.
For so great a gift to Your Church
we give You our praise and thanksgiving.
We ask You to fill them with the fire of Your love
that their ministry may reveal Your presence in the Church.
Since they are earthen vessels,
we pray that Your power shine out in their weakness.
In their afflictions let them never be crushed:
in their doubts never despair:
in temptations never be destroyed:
in persecution never abandoned.
Inspire them through prayer
to live each day the mystery of Your dying and rising.
In times of weakness send them Your Spirit,
and help them to praise Your heavenly Father,
and pray for poor sinners.
By the same Holy Spirit,
put Your Word on their lips
and Your love in their hearts
to bring good news to the poor
and healing to the brokenhearted.
And may the gift of Mary,Your Mother,
to the disciple whom you loved,
be Your gift to every priest.
Grant that she who formed You in her human image,
may form them in Your divine image,
by the power of Your Spirit,
to the glory of the Father.

(From the Diocese of Legazpi in the Philippine Islands)

The beautiful song in the video was composed by Fr. Manoling Francisco, S.J.


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. Amen.

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