O Holy Curé of Ars:
During this Year of the Priesthood,
we turn to you, the patron saint of priests,
asking your intercession for all those Christ has called
to serve us in this sacred ministry.
Help all priests to imitate
your total confidence in God’s grace,
constant devotion to prayer,
fatherly care for the poor,
humble willingness to serve the least,
contagious love for the Mass,
joyful fervor in teaching the faith,
willing martyrdom as a confessor,
and burning zeal to show us the path to heaven.
Gain for all priests, especially those who are struggling,
a renewal in the grace of their ordination;
aid the whole Church to grow in appreciation of the gift of the priesthood;
and shepherd in a particular way
those with the vocation to serve us as priests in the future.
Help us all to see and experience the priesthood
as the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Amen.The prayer and a beautiful stained glass window of the Holy Curé of Ars was found at St. Anthony of Padua Parish, New Bedford, MA.