Suggested Prayers for Priests

These are some suggested prayers for priests that could be used in interceding for the mission of the Seminary Formation Council.

USCCB Prayer for Priests

Gracious and loving God, we thank your for the gift of our priests.
Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments.

Help our priests to be strong in their vocation.
Set their souls on fire with love for your people.

Grant them the wisdom, understanding, and strength they need to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
Inspire them with the vision of your Kingdom.

Give them the words they need to spread the Gospel.
Allow them to experience joy in their ministry.

Help them to become instruments of your divine grace.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns as our Eternal Priest. Amen.

By St. John Vianney

God, please give to your Church today many more priests after your own heart.

May they be worthy representatives of Christ the Good Shepherd.

May they wholeheartedly devote themselves to prayer and penance; be examples of humility and poverty; shining models of holiness; tireless and powerful preachers of the Word of God; zealous dispensers of your grace in the sacraments.

May their loving devotion to your Son Jesus in the Eucharist and to Mary his Mother be the twin fountains of fruitfulness for their ministry. Amen.

By St. Teresa of Calcutta

Mary, Mother of Jesus, throw your mantle of purity over our priests. Protect them, guide them, and keep them in your heart.

Be a Mother to them, especially in times of discouragement and loneliness. Love them and keep them belonging completely to
Jesus. Like Jesus, they, too, are your sons, so keep their hearts pure and virginal.

Keep their minds filled with Jesus, and put Jesus always on their lips, so that he is the one they offer to sinner and to all they meet. Mary, Mother of Jesus, be their Mother, loving them and bring them joy.

Take special care of sick and dying priests, and the ones most tempted. Remember how they spent their youth and old age, their entire lives serving and giving all to Jesus.

Mary, bless them and keep a special place for them in your heart. Give them a piece of your heart, so beautiful and pure and immaculate, so full of love and humility, so that they, too, can grow in the likeness of Christ.

Dear Mary, make them humble like you, and holy like Jesus. Amen.

By Pope Benedict XVI

Lord Jesus Christ, eternal High Priest, you offered yourself to the Father on the altar of the Cross and through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit gave your priestly people a share in your redeeming sacrifice.  Hear our prayer for the sanctification of our priests.

Grant that all who are ordained to the ministerial priesthood may be ever more conformed to you, the divine Master. May they preach the
Gospel with pure heart and clear conscience.

Let them be shepherds according to your own Heart, single-minded in service to you and to the Church and shining examples of a holy, simple and joyful life.

Through the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary, your Mother and ours,draw all priests and the flocks entrusted to their care to the fullness of eternal life where you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Let us pray for:
The Holy Father – fill him with your grace, Lord.
Cardinals and Bishops – give them your gifts, Lord.
Diocesan priests – never leave them, Lord.
Priests in seminary work – give them your wisdom, Lord.
Priests in hospital work – give them constancy, Lord.
Priests who are ill – heal them, Lord.
Priests in danger – deliver them, Lord.
Priests who are weak – strengthen them, Lord.
Priests who are poor – relieve them, Lord.
Priests who are zealous – help them, Lord.
Priests who want to love you – enkindle their hearts, Lord.
Priests who are sad – console them, Lord.
Priests who are worried – give them peace, Lord.
Priests who are old – sustain them, Lord.
Priests who are young – impel them for your glory, Lord.
Priests who are alone – accompany them, Lord.
Missionary priests – protect them, Lord.
Priests who are preachers – enlighten them, Lord.
Priests who direct souls – instruct them, Lord.
Parish priests – give them prudence, Lord.
Religious priests – make them perfect, Lord.
Priests and religious who have died – bring them to glory, Lord.
For all priests,
Give them your wisdom, Lord.
Give them virtues.
Give them patience and charity.
Give them obedience and kindness.
Give them a burning zeal for souls.
Give them an intense love for the Eucharist.
Give them loyalty to the Holy See and to their Bishops.
Give them respect for their dignity.
Give them a great love for Mary.
Give them rectitude and justice.
Give them the gift of counsel.
Give them strength in their labors.
Give them peace in their sufferings.
Give them humility and generosity.
Let them be the light of souls.
Let them be the salt of the earth.
Let them practice sacrifice and self-denial.
Let them enkindle hearts with the love of Mary.
Let them be other Christs.
Let them be holy in body and soul.
May they be men of prayer.
May faith shine forth in them.
May they be concerned only for the salvation of souls.
May they be faithful to their priestly vocation.
May their hands know only howto bless.
May they burn with love for You and for Mary.
May all their steps be for the glory of God.
May the Holy Spirit possess them, and give them His gifts and fruits in abundance.

Let us pray:

O God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, You are the soul and the life of the Church. Hear the prayers we offer for priests. We ask this through
the Immaculate Heart of Mary, their protector and guide. Amen.

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