Prayer roots our lives in a continued communion with God; it prepares us for attending Mass and for receiving the sacrament of Christ's body and blood. Without a regular and disciplined prayer life we are unable to authentically discern our vocation and hear to what, and where, God is calling us.
Almighty God, give us priests:
to establish the honor of your holy name;
to offer the holy sacrifice of the altar;
to give us Jesus in the holy sacrament;
to proclaim the faith of Jesus;
to baptise and to teach the young;
to tend your sheep; to seek the lost;
to give pardon to the penitent sinner;
to bless our homes; to pray for the afflicted;
to comfort mourners;
to strengthen us in our last hour;
to commend our souls;
Almighty God, give us priests!
Holy Father, you gave us Christ
as the shepherd of our souls;
may your people always have priests
who care for them with his great love.
We make our prayer, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.Amen
A Prayer for Priests
- S. Therese of the Child Jesus
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 unearthly their hearts,
sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood.
Let Your holy love surround them and
shield them from the world's contagion.
Bless their labours with abundant fruit and
may the souls to whom they minister be their joy and consolation here and in heaven their beautiful and everlasting crown. Amen.
Our Prayer for Vocations
you call men from every creed and
walk of life to Your service in the
fraternity of the sacred priesthood.
Strengthen daily our brothers, as they listen
and respond to your calling on their lives.
Give them perseverance, wisdom and
discernment to fulfil all that you ask of them.
We ask this through your Son, Jesus Christ,
our eternal High Priest.
Labourers for Your harvest
God our Father,
Who wills that all men be saved
And come to the knowledge of Your Truth:
We beg you to send
Labourers into Your harvest,
And grant them grace to speak Your Word
With all boldness; so that Your Word
May spread and be glorified,
And all nations may know You,
The only God, and Him whom You have sent,
Jesus Christ your Son, Our Lord. Amen.
Prayer to Know One’s Vocation
O God, Who enlightens the minds and inflames the hearts of the faithful by the Holy Spirit, grant that through the same Spirit I may know my true vocation in life, and may have the grace to follow it faithfully. I ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Vocations Network - an initiative from the ACS and supported by The Society