Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Prayer to St. Joseph for Priests: Console Them in Their Pains

O illustrious Patriarch St. Joseph,
who carried the Infant Jesus in thy blessed arms and who,
during the space of thirty years,
lived in the most intimate familiarity with Him,
take under thy powerful protection those whom He has clothed with His authority
and honored with the dignity of His priesthood,
whom He has charged to continue His mission,
to preach His Gospel,
and to dispense everywhere His graces and blessings.

Sustain them in their fatigues and labors;
console them in their pains;
fortify them in their combats;
but above all, keep far from them all the evils of sin.

Obtain for them the humility of St. John the Baptist,
the faith of St. Peter,
the purity of St. John
and the spirit of prayer and recollection
of which thou, my dear Saint, art the model,
so that, after having been on earth,
the faithful dispensers of the Mysteries of thy foster Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ,
they may in Heaven receive the recompense promised to pastors according to the Heart of God.

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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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