The Sacrament of Holy Orders (5) : Prayers of St. Therese of Lisieux for Priests

February 19, 2019

Prayer of St. Therese of the Child Jesus to obtain priests through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Priesthood: 

O Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ the High Priest, Mother of priests throughout the whole world, you have a special love for priests because they are the living image of your Only Son. You helped Jesus throughout your entire earthly life, and you continue to help Him in Heaven.

We beseech thee to pray for priests! ‘Pray to the heavenly Father that He send laborers into His harvest.’ Pray that we may always have priests to give us the sacraments, explain the Gospel of Christ to us, and teach us to become true children of God! O Virgin Mary, ask God the Father thyself for the priests we so sorely need; and since thy heart has all power over Him, obtain for us, O Mary, priests who are saints! Amen.

Prayer of St. Therese of the Child Jesus to Christ the High Priest:

O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep Thy priests within the shelter of Thy Sacred Heart, where none may touch them. Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch Thy Sacred Body. Keep unsullied their lips, daily purpled with Thy Precious Blood. Keep pure and unearthly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood.

Let Thy holy love surround them and shield them from the world's contagion. Bless their labors with abundant fruit and may the souls to whom they minister be their joy and consolation here and in Heaven and their beautiful and everlasting crown. Amen.