June 10 St. Bardo

If the Blessed Virgin Mary is honored to the degree to which is right, as the one who bore God in her most holy womb; if the blessed Baptist trembled and did not dare to touch the holy forehead of God; if the tomb in which Christ lay for a time is venerated, how holy, just, and worthy should a man be who is to touch with his hands, receive with his heart and his mouth, and offer to others to be received the One who cannot die, but will triumph in glory for eternity—“things into which angles long to look!”

-St. Francis of Assisi

 

Prayer for Priests

Almighty and Eternal God, look upon the Face of Jesus, who is the eternal High Priest, and have pity on Your priests. Remember, O most compassionate God, that they are but weak and frail human beings. Stir up in them the grace of their vocation. Keep them close to You so the enemy may not prevail against them, so that they may never do anything in the slightest degree unworthy of their sublime vocation.

O Jesus, I pray for Your faithful and fervent priests, for the unfaithful and tepid ones; for those laboring at home and abroad in distant mission fields; for those who are tempted; for those who are lonely and desolate; for those who are young; for those who are dying; and for those who are in Purgatory.

But, above all, I recommend to You the priests dearest to me; the priest who baptized me; the priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me Your Body and Blood in Holy Communion; the priests who taught and instructed or helped me and encouraged me; all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way, particularly (your priest’s name here). O Jesus, keep them all close to Your heart, and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity.

Amen.

 

Mary, Queen of the clergy, pray for us; obtain for us many and holy priests.

Amen.