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Pray for our priests

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
North Chili

Year For Priests
June 19, 2009- June 19, 2010
Declared by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI

The People’s Prayer for Priests

Dear Lord,

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.

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