World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests

A sanctuary lamp and stained glass window from the cathedral in Letterkenny, Ireland.

Today, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is also the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests. It’s also my first day back from vacation, and I think I’ll need some prayers to get back into the rhythm of things… so here is a prayer for priests suggested by the Vatican. Please take a moment to pray it for all priests, including me!

Prayer for Priests

Lord Jesus, present in the Most Blessed Sacrament,
and living perpetually among us through Your Priests,
grant that the words of Your Priests may be only Your words,
that their gestures be only Your gestures,
and that their lives be a true reflection of Your life.

Grant that they may be men who speak to God on behalf of His people,
and speak to His people of God.
Grant that they be courageous in service,
serving the Church as she asks to be served.

Grant that they may be men who witness to eternity in our time,
travelling on the paths of history in Your steps,
and doing good for all.

Grant that they may be faithful to their commitments,
zealous in their vocation and mission,
clear mirrors of their own identity,
and living the joy of the gift they have received.

We pray that Your Holy Mother, Mary,
present throughout Your life,
may be ever present in the life of Your Priests. Amen


About Matthew Green

I am a translator, origami artist/teacher, and photographer, a blogger, former philosophy professor, and I love to sing. You can see my photos on Flickr and buy prints of some of them on Fine Art America. You can find me on Instagram, Twitter (@mehjg), and in various and sundry other social media sites on the web.
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1 Response to World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests

  1. Olivia says:

    Welcome back Fr. Matt, I’m sure you enjoyed your vacation! Awaiting the pics …as you promised 😉 … and said the prayer for you too…

    God’s abundant blessings for you to get back into to the ‘rhythm of things’.

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