In the spirit of promoting spiritual motherhood, Endow encourages its participants to pray for priests and distributes the prayer below on a small card to many of its members. Our group prays it together each time we gather, and it was on my mind all weekend as Fr. Matt was ordained and celebrated his first Mass. I hope you’ll consider adding it to your prayer repertoire.
O Jesus, we pray for your faithful and fervent priests, your unfaithful and lukewarm priests, your priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields, your tempted priests, your lonely and desolate priests, your young priests, your old priests, and the souls of your priests in purgatory.
We pray for your priests in special need of spiritual, emotional, or physical healing, for priests who have left the Church, and for the souls of the priests who will die today.
But above all, we recommend to you the priests dearest to us: the priests who baptized us, the priests who absolve us from our sins, the priests at whose Masses we assist and who give us your Body and Blood in Holy Communion, the priests who teach and instruct us; all the priests to whom we are indebted in any way.
O Jesus, keep them all close to your heart and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity. Amen.