To the editor:
It seems apparent to me that we desperately need to pray for priests in our Church today. I believe we should use a two-fold approach to the Church’s current problems, namely pray for the priests now serving and also pray for an increase in priestly vocations.
We know the Church cannot function without priests. The prayer below is recommended for parish use by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
David L. Kelly
Year For Priests
June 19, 2009- June 19, 2010
Declared by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI
The People’s Prayer for Priests
we pray that the Blessed Mother
wrap her mantle around your priests
and through her intercession
strengthen them for their ministry.
We pray that Mary will guide your priests
to follow her own words,
"Do whatever He tells you" (Jn 2:5).
May your priests have the heart of St. Joseph,
Mary’s most chaste spouse.
May the Blessed Mother’s own pierced heart
inspire them to embrace
all who suffer at the foot of the cross.
May your priests be holy,
filled with the fire of your love
seeking nothing but your greater glory
and the salvation of souls.
Saint John Vianney, pray for us.