O God, our loving Father, we pray for our priests and for all priests. We ask that you bless them, and guide them with your grace to carry out their sacred duties with diligence and fidelity.
Grant them strength and courage in the face of adversity, and comfort them in their moments of doubt and weariness. May they be inspired by the examples of the saints, and follow in the footsteps of Christ, who laid down His life for His flock.
We pray that our priests may be holy and humble, sincere and faithful, wise and courageous, always seeking to serve You and Your people with love and devotion.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Mary, Mother of priests, pray for us and for our priests.
Here are few more Catholic prayers for priests:
- Prayer for Priests by St. Therese of Lisieux
O Jesus, eternal Priest, keep your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart, where none may touch them. Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch Your Sacred Body. Keep unsullied their lips, daily purpled with Your Precious Blood. Keep pure and unworldly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood. Let Your holy love surround them and shield them from the world’s corruption. Bless their labors with abundant fruit, and may the souls to whom they minister be their joy and consolation here on earth and their everlasting crown in the hereafter. Amen.
- Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests by Pope John Paul II
O Lord, who in the Sacrament of Holy Orders have entrusted the care of Your flock to Your priests, grant them the grace of a true faith and a firm hope and a burning love that may kindle in the hearts of others. Grant them wisdom, understanding, and strength, so that by word and example they may build up and enlighten Your Church. Make them gentle and zealous in their efforts to win souls for Christ, and keep them pure and holy as You Yourself are pure and holy. Amen.
- Prayer for the Priesthood by Blessed John Henry Newman
O Jesus, Divine Shepherd of the universal Church, we pray for Your priests. We ask that You fill them with the love of Your Sacred Heart and the zeal of Your apostles. Strengthen them with the power of Your grace to be holy in all their thoughts, words, and actions, and to be effective ministers of Your Gospel. We pray that You bless their labors abundantly, and that through their ministry, many souls may be brought to salvation. We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Priests. Amen.
- Prayer for the Protection of Priests by St. Padre Pio
O Jesus, eternal High Priest, protect Your priests from the dangers of this world. Keep them safe from the evil one, and shield them from the attacks of the wicked. Strengthen them in times of temptation, and comfort them in their moments of suffering. Grant them the grace to persevere in their holy vocation, and to be faithful to You and to Your Church until the end of their lives. We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Queen of Apostles. Amen.
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