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Catholic Caucus - Prayers for Priests
Canopy of Prayer | Cardinal Carberry of St. Louis

Posted on 04/16/2002 8:05:03 AM PDT by history_matters

Prayer for Priests

A Prayer for Priests of the Latin Rite

O Jesus, our great High Priest,
hear my humble prayers on behalf of your priests.
Give them a deep faith, a bright and firm hope, and a burning love
which will ever increase in the course of their priestly life.
In their loneliness, comfort them.
In their sorrows, strengthen them.
In their frustrations, point out to them that it is through suffering
that the soul is purified,
and show them that they are needed by the Church
they are needed by souls
they are needed for the work of redemption. Amen.

O Loving Mother Mary, Mother of Priests,
take to your heart your sons who are close to you
because of their priestly ordination
and because fo the power which they have received
to carry on the work of Christ
in a world which needs them so much.
Be their comfort, be their joy, be their strength,
and especially help them to live and to defend
the ideals of consecrated celibacy. Amen.


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A thread about prayers for priests. Please add your own prayers or acknowledge that you are praying for the priests of the Catholic Church.
1 posted on 04/16/2002 8:05:03 AM PDT by history_matters
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To: Lady In Blue; dansangel; EODGUY; Angelique; ventana; roachie; constitutiongirl; goldenstategirl...
Ping!
Lord Jesus Christ, thou Good Physician, heal thy Church, we beseech thee.

2 posted on 04/16/2002 8:08:04 AM PDT by history_matters
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To: history_matters;dr. brian kopp;patent;ppaul
Bump and a prayer for my Catholic Brothers and Sisters in Christ - thanks HM - good idea

In Christs name Amen

rev911

3 posted on 04/16/2002 8:29:54 AM PDT by Revelation 911
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To: history_matters
Those are wonderful prayers. When I get a quiet moment today, I will include this in my prayers.
4 posted on 04/16/2002 8:33:41 AM PDT by Aggie Mama
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To: history_matters
I'll pray this prayer, it's appropriate and well-said.

Thank you.

5 posted on 04/16/2002 8:49:14 AM PDT by Gophack
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To: history_matters; *Catholic_list; patent; notwithstanding; JMJ333; Aunt Polgara; AgThorn...
This is our CFAA effort:

This is AD#1 Download this camera ready ad as an Adobe Reader file. AD#2 is for promoting your actual event.

Take a Fr. to Fathers Day!

June 16th is Fathers Day and every Catholic worth his salt
is going to honor his father and
his Fr.


Join CFAA's

St. John Vianney Project!


St. John Vianney

To all Catholics:

Make this Fathers Day, June 16th, a great day of thanksgiving for, and affirmation of, the enormous gift given to us through the acceptance of the call to priestly vocation by holy Catholic men Lift the burden of their crosses, so unjustly placed upon them by the betrayal of bishops and their brothers. Join the "St. John Vianney Project"

Consider a Fathers Day parish cookout, picnic etc. with your loyal priests as guests of honor. Make it in a public park if you can. Consider kicking it off with a Mass and public Eucharistic Procession. Invite the press and express your loyalty to loyal servants of the Church. Take pictures and submit them to your local media along with the descriptive verbiage.

Do not let the homosexual mafia inside the gates of the Church weaken your trust in that vast majority of decent, celibate men whose lives are dedicated to YOU.

Do not let the homosexual mafia outside the Church weaken your faith or permit their propaganda against
the Church go unchallanged.

DO THIS:
1) Publicize the St. John Vianney Project far and wide. Email the world.
2) Download a camera ready ad to run in your local paper. http://www.CathFam.org
3) Register your event at our web site so that we can publicize this national Catholic response
4) Don't wait! Talk to your good priest. Invite him to the house. Tell him you appreciate his
efforts. Take him to lunch, fishing, bowling, ...whatever.
5) Above all, pray for him. Do a novena of Holy Communions to the Kingship of Jesus for his
angelic protection. And tell him so.
6) Pray for, but do not applaud those priests who erroneously teach that homosexuality is ÔgiftÓ and not an objective disorder (CCC 2358), or support PFLAG, DIGNITY, New Ways Ministry, or the Catholic Parents Network


6 posted on 04/16/2002 9:02:09 AM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: GOP_Thug_Mom
A ping for you!
7 posted on 04/16/2002 9:14:04 AM PDT by history_matters
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To: pgkdan; Kevin Curry; american_colleen
And a ping for you.....
8 posted on 04/16/2002 9:20:12 AM PDT by history_matters
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To: history_matters
Prayer of St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of Battle;

Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.

May God rebuke Him, we humbly pray, and do Thou,

O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into Hell, Satan and all the other evil spirits,

who prowl through the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

9 posted on 04/16/2002 9:26:20 AM PDT by Salvation
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To: Salvation
AMEN!
10 posted on 04/16/2002 9:37:52 AM PDT by history_matters
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To: Angelique
ping!
11 posted on 04/16/2002 9:38:11 AM PDT by history_matters
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To: history_matters
What a wonderful thread!

I've got a whole booklet (called Prayers for Priests) at home (I'm at work now). When I get home tonight, I'll go through it and post the best.

12 posted on 04/16/2002 9:41:17 AM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: BlessedBeGod
ADAPTED FROM A MORNING PRAYER WRITTEN BY ST. THERESE OF THE CHILD JESUS

O my God! I offer Thee all my actions of this day for the intentions and for the glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I desire to sanctify every beat of my heart, my every thought, my simplest works, by uniting them to Its infinite merits; and I wish to make reparation for my sins by casting them into the furnace of Its Merciful Love.

O my God! I ask of Thee for myself, [for faithfull priests], and for those whom I hold dear, the grace to fulfill perfectly Thy Holy Will, to accept for love of Thee the joys and sorrows of this passing life, so that we may one day be united together in heaven for all Eternity.
Amen.

13 posted on 04/16/2002 9:57:45 AM PDT by history_matters
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To: history_matters
Daily Prayer For Priests bump
14 posted on 04/16/2002 10:07:57 AM PDT by GenXFreedomFighter
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To: HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity ; Judith Anne
Prayer bump for Priests!
15 posted on 04/16/2002 10:30:06 AM PDT by history_matters
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To: history_matters
I have never prayed for priests in general, as I always think of them as praying for us and our salvation. I shall follow your prayers. If I should offer a prayer, it is this:

Dear Lord, please give His Holiness the strength to do what is necessary to protect our innocent children.

16 posted on 04/16/2002 10:31:26 AM PDT by Angelique
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To: history_matters
prayers on the way.
Pieta Prayer book: Prayers here
17 posted on 04/16/2002 10:33:38 AM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: history_matters; Dr. Brian Kopp; Askel5; patent
A very moving thread. Thank you with all my heart for these prayers and for calling others to pray for priests.

Dear Catholic Caucus and other dear FR friends, I have only a minute to say we have succeeded in redeeming 43 Christian slaves. We will get them to safety as soon as night falls.

Thank you all of you for your prayers.

18 posted on 04/16/2002 10:41:27 AM PDT by father_elijah
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To: father_elijah
That is magnificent, Father. God bless you! You are in my daily prayers for your safety and for divine protection for you, your brothers and the Christian Sudanese.
19 posted on 04/16/2002 10:46:14 AM PDT by history_matters
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To: HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
Keep them, I pray Thee, dearest Lord,
Keep them, for they are Thine -
Thy piests whose lives burn out before
Thy consecrated shrine.
Keep them, for they are in the world,
Though from the world apart;
When earthly pleasures tempt, allure, -
Shelter them in Thy heart.
Keep them and comfort them in hours
Of loneliness and pain,
When all their life of sacrifice
For souls seems but in vain.
Keep them and O remember , Lord
They have no one but Thee,
Yet they have only human hearts,
With human frailty.
Keep them as spotless as the Host,
That daily they caress;
Their every thought and word and deed,
Deign, dearest Lord, to bless.

Our Father...Hail Mary...
Queen of the Clergy, pray for them.

This prayer has been distributed some time ago by Msgr. John J. Sweeny, Our Lady of Peace, Santa Clara, CA.

20 posted on 04/16/2002 10:46:47 AM PDT by Trebics
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To: history_matters
Bump.
21 posted on 04/16/2002 11:18:10 AM PDT by patent
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To: Trebics
Trebics! good to see you,

patent

22 posted on 04/16/2002 11:18:36 AM PDT by patent
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To: father_elijah
I think yours is now a permanant spot along my Rosary, actually.
23 posted on 04/16/2002 11:36:26 AM PDT by Askel5
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To: Trebics
Trebics!!

I'll be in touch soon.

24 posted on 04/16/2002 11:37:09 AM PDT by Askel5
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To: patent
I still lurk occasionally. Would have liked to see you all in New Orleans, but it was, alas, not to be. I am reading Heliotropium now, and and it resonates with my beloved priests' latest advice: The Lord loves His Church a lot more than you or I, and whatever He permits will be for Our good. We must fight the good fight, but we must not argue with the Lord about what He permits and why.

Benedicamus Domino!

25 posted on 04/16/2002 11:37:14 AM PDT by Trebics
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To: Trebics
The Lord loves His Church a lot more than you or I, and whatever He permits will be for Our good. We must fight the good fight, but we must not argue with the Lord about what He permits and why.

Most excellent advice. Thank you for sharing it.

26 posted on 04/16/2002 12:10:44 PM PDT by ELS
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To: father_elijah;Domestic Church
Father, it is so good to hear from you! We have been thinking about you and praying for you and the people of Sudan.
27 posted on 04/16/2002 12:12:58 PM PDT by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: Angelique
Dear Lord, please give His Holiness the strength to do what is necessary to protect our innocent children.
Amen.

Angelique, what a very beautiful prayer. I am adding it to my file of prayers, and I will join you in praying that prayer daily. God bless!

28 posted on 04/16/2002 12:16:15 PM PDT by history_matters
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To: Trebics
The Lord loves His Church a lot more than you or I, and whatever He permits will be for Our good. We must fight the good fight, but we must not argue with the Lord about what He permits and why.

I'm printing that out and putting it on top of my computer. Thank you very much.

29 posted on 04/16/2002 12:19:08 PM PDT by history_matters
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To: Trebics
We can also offer prayers for the Pope and for the cardinals that they will make the right decisions to address the problems currently afflicting the church. A return to prayer, to orthodoxy, and traditional Catholic values is what is needed.
30 posted on 04/16/2002 12:19:22 PM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: GenXFreedomFighter; B-Chan; NYer; Lady In Blue; dansangel; EODGUY; Angelique; ventana; roachie...
A word from Father Elijah in post 18 on this thread.
31 posted on 04/16/2002 12:22:51 PM PDT by history_matters
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To: father_elijah
Truly actions of Christian heroism. I hope the media will pick up the focus on this most important work. God Bless.
32 posted on 04/16/2002 12:27:09 PM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: al_c
Prayer bump for Priests.
33 posted on 04/16/2002 12:30:16 PM PDT by history_matters
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To: history_matters
I have been praying for our priests since this great scandal has rocked our church. I pray for the innocent priests who are being looked upon with suspicion when they have done nothing wrong. I pray for our Pope and cardinals, that they will make decisions that will purge our Church of the evil that has entered it. I pray that this purging will leave us with a stronger, more traditional church. I have been praying for all the innocent young people who have been victimized by those who, of all people, they should have been able to trust. Finally, I pray that those priests who have hurt those young people will beg God's forgiveness. For, if not, they have a place waiting for them in the hottest recesses of hell. They know what sin they have committed, and they know how Jesus warned about any who would harm one hair on the head of one of His little ones. They should be living in great fear of Our Lord's wrath.
34 posted on 04/16/2002 1:46:56 PM PDT by sneakers
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To: pax_et_bonum
p i n g
35 posted on 04/16/2002 3:10:09 PM PDT by history_matters
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To: father_elijah
Thank you, Father, for holding up the standard for all of us to see.
36 posted on 04/16/2002 3:19:10 PM PDT by constitutiongirl
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To: ELS;Trebics
Ditto to your words to Trebics!
37 posted on 04/16/2002 4:31:52 PM PDT by Salvation
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To: history_matters
St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church Prayers

For Priests

Almighty God, look upon the face of Him who is the eternal High Priest, and have compassion on Your priests in today's world. Remember that they are but weak and frail human beings. Stir up in them the grace of their vocation. Keep them close to You lest the enemy 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 in purgatory.

But, above all, I recommend to You the priests dearest to me; the priest who baptized me; the priests who absolved me from my sins; the priests who instructed me or helped me by their encouragement. I pray devoutly for all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way, in particular for . . . O Jesus, keep them all close to Your heart and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity. Amen.

O Mary, Queen of the clergy, pray for us; obtain for us a number of holy priests. Amen.

 


38 posted on 04/16/2002 4:41:04 PM PDT by NYer
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To: history_matters
O Almighty Eternal God, look upon the face of Thy Christ, and for love of Him who is the eternal High-priest, have pity on Thy priests. Remember, O most compassionate God, that they are but weak and frail human beings. Stir up in them the grace of their vocation which is in them by the imposition of the Bishop's hands. Keep them close to Thee, lest the enemy prevail against them, so that they may ever do anything in the slightest degree unworthy of their sublime vocation.

O Jesus, I pray Thee for Thy faithful and fervent priests;
for Thy unfaithful and tepid priests;
for Thy priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields;
for Thy tempted priests;
for Thy lonely and desolate priests;
for Thy young priests;
for Thy aged priests;
for Thy sick priests;
for Thy dying priests;
for the souls of Thy priests in purgatory.

But above all, I commend to Thee the priests dearest to me:
the priests who baptized me;
the priests who absolved me from my sins;
the priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me Thy Body and Blood in Holy Communion;
the priests who taught and instructed me or helped me and encouraged me;
all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way, particularly _________ .

O Jesus, keep them all close to Thy heart, and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity.
Amen.

39 posted on 04/16/2002 4:48:37 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: BlessedBeGod
n the Name of the Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we beseech Thee, O Christ, Eternal High Priest, that Thou keep hidden within the Wound in Thy Heart Thy priests whom Thou has ordained to Thy Eternal Priesthood.

Preserve them, protect them as the dispensers of the mysteries of God and keep them faithful in their mission as Thy expiatory victims for the sins of men. Together with Thee, O Christ, are they continually offered on Thy Altar on High in the sight of the Father, a propitiation of love rising as incense from men to God. Ever increase in Thy faithful priest-victims Thy power to draw all hearts into Thy Own that Thou mayest perfect Thy work of grace among the sons of God, whose inheritance is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Have pity, O Christ, on those of Thy privileged ones who have strayed from Thy Heart and torn open the Wound in Thy Side by their infidelity to Thee. Release upon them the torrents of Thy love and compassions, drowning their souls in Thy ocean of mercy that they may not escape. Draw them back into the fullness of the Life and the Light that is of God.

Amen.

40 posted on 04/16/2002 4:54:51 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: BlessedBeGod
Sacred Heart of Jesus, Divine and Eternal High Priest, let the life-giving waters of Thy love flow into the hearts of Thy priests and transform them into living images of Thee. By Thy grace make them true apostles of Thy Sacred Heart.

Save souls through Thy priests; accompany them through life. Give them the special grace of drawing sinners to Thy Sacred Heart, Refuge of sinners, that they may find forgiveness and salvation.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I pray for the fulfillment of this promise which Thou didst make to Saint Margaret Mary: "I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts." May Thy Kingdom come to the hearts of men through the activity of truly saintly priests.

41 posted on 04/16/2002 4:59:20 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: BlessedBeGod
O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep these Thy holy ones within the shelter of Thy Sacred Heart, where none may touch them.
Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch Thy Sacred Body.
Keep unsullied the lips purpled with Thy Precious Blood.
Keep pure and unearthly the hearts sealed with the sublime mark of Thy glorious Priesthood.
Let Thy holy love surround them and shield them from the world's contagion.
Bless their labors with abundant fruit, and may those to whom they minister be their joy and consolation here below, and in heaven their beautiful and everlasting crown.
Amen.
42 posted on 04/16/2002 5:07:36 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: BlessedBeGod
Lord Jesus, great High Priest who upon Calvary and at the table of the Last Supper prepared for the sacrifice of the Mass, I beg Thy blessing upon those priests whom Thou hast chosen to carry on Thy priestly work.

They are human, but they must occupy a divine office.
They must stand as Thy substitute before the eyes of the people.
Their hands must be pure enough to draw Thee down from heaven and strong enough to life the people to Thy heights.
They must speak the truth with courage.
Their lives must be Christlike, the mercy and tenderness modeled on Thine.

I pray that Thou, who in the Eucharist depend on them, will give Thy priests the graces that they need.
Give to young men a compelling vocation to serve Thee.
Give to priests the desire to do well their work, Thy work.
Make us respectful, reverent, and appreciative toward them.
Grant them the grace to be priests not unworthy of Thee, our High Priest.
Amen.

43 posted on 04/16/2002 5:12:51 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: BlessedBeGod
O my Good Jesus, teach me always to see Thyself in the Priest. I know that he has been set over me to direct me and to help me to save my soul. I know that Thou wilt never find fault with me if I obey him in everything in order to do Thy Holy Will. Teach me to love and to respect him always. Do Thou protect him and be near him in his great work of saving souls. Keep him from harm. Help him to bring many souls to Thee and thus to win for himself a glorious crown in heaven.
Amen.
44 posted on 04/16/2002 5:16:22 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: BlessedBeGod
Lord Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest, it is Thy holy Will to associate with Thyself in Thy priestly office other men to whom Thou dost entrust the most sublime of all human ministries. Have pity, most kind Jesus, on all the priests of holy Mother Church. Give them a love for Thee so great and warm, that it may fill their whole beings with fervor and zeal and make even the most difficult tasks easy and light for Thy love.

Have pity in particular, dear Lord, on all those priests who are spent and weary, discouraged, or desolate, or who labor under some special trial, temptation, or sorrow. Visit them with Thine efficacious graces and consolations. Kindle their hearts with the fire that burns in Thine own Most Sacred Heart. Teach them the methods of Thine apostolate, as Thou dist teach the favored twelve whom Thou didst choose to be Thine apostles.

Keep them from sin, comfort them in every affliction, give them health and vigor of body and soul, that they may do effectively the work Thou givest to them. Remind us to pray for them often. Help us to cooperate with their efforts. Make it the ambition of every Catholic to aid, by prayers and words and deeds, in the apostolic work of saving souls, the greatest of all human activities, and which drew Thy Divine Majesty from heaven to earth.

Grant, sweet Jesus, that all who are Thy priests on earth may come, holy and pure, to the glory of Thy heavenly kingdom, with all their faithful flocks, to rejoice in the vision of Thine Eternal Loveliness, Who, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, livest and reignest, one, all-loving God, world without end.
Amen.

45 posted on 04/16/2002 5:25:05 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: father_elijah
God bless you father_elijah for all of your work.
46 posted on 04/16/2002 6:05:37 PM PDT by Lady In Blue
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To: history_matters
Thank you for this beautiful prayer thread! There's a group called:"Intercessors of the Lamb." One of the prayers in their prayer book for priests goes like this:


"I will appoint over you shepherds,after my own heart,who will shepherd you wisely and prudently." (jer.3:15)

Father,in your plan for our salvation you provide shepherds for Your People.Father, we come to you now, in the name of Jesus, our High Priest and Intercessor, to ask that our shepherds especially(name)_______may receive:


A SERVANT'S HEART, committed to consecrated service of leadership.

A HUMBLE HEART,meek and gentle as the Lamb,to heal the brokenhearted.

A EUCHARISTIC HEART,full of love to worship you in spirit and in truth

A PRAYING HEART,interceding in the power of the Holy Spirit without ceasing.

A HEARING HEART,obedient to your Word.

An EVANGELISTIC HEART,on fire with zeal for the salvation of souls.

A RENEWED HEART,to give you greater honor and glory in Christ Jesus.

A DISCIPLE'S HEART, following the lamb wheresoever He goes,even to death on a Cross.

Father, we thank you for hearing our prayer and ask that Your priest sons may continue to guard the rich deposit of faith with the help of the Holy Spirit who dwells within them,and to bear with courage their share of the hardships which the gospel entails.Father, protect them from the evil one and keep them in Your love always. Amen.

47 posted on 04/16/2002 6:21:59 PM PDT by Lady In Blue
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To: Lady In Blue
Very beautiful. Thank you. I have two of Mother Nadine Brown's books (which I have given to my daughter to read). The Intercessors of the Lamb are extraordinary.
48 posted on 04/16/2002 8:19:53 PM PDT by history_matters
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To: katnip
Prayer bump for Priests
49 posted on 04/16/2002 8:20:47 PM PDT by history_matters
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To: history_matters
There's a devotion,"Passio Domini" that Fr.Wm Wagner's order,"The Canons Regular of the Holy Cross" have every Thursday night in their monastery.My parish,San Secondo D'Asti in Guasti,CA also has it for our parish every Thursday night.It is beautiful:


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Passio Domini
(The Passion of the Lord)

On the first Holy Thursday, Our Lord went into the garden to pray, signaling the beginning of His Divine Passion. He said, "Father, if it be Thy will, take this cup from Me: nevertheless, not My will, but Thine be done," Then an angel appeared to Him coming down from heaven to give Him strength. As the angel from heaven strengthened and nourished Our Lord, The Eternal High Priest, we gather in the presence of the Holy Eucharist to strengthen and spiritually nourish our priests, through the intercession of the Holy Angels.

Jesus intended that through the priests, this all important duty of the priestly office should live on in the Church in a visible way. For that reason, the care for the sacramental priesthood of the Church is an essential characteristic of the Work of the Holy Angels.

The "Paschal Mystery" of Jesus Christ lies at the center of our Christian faith. The Passover of Jesus accomplished through His suffering, death and resurrection also lies at the center of the spirituality of the Work of the Holy Angels. Members of the OA are encouraged to observe a weekly memorial of our Lord’s Passion in union with the holy angels of God. Beginning each Thursday evening and continuing until Friday afternoon members are asked to maintain a certain degree of recollection and reflection on the Lord’s Passio. They should spend an hour on Thursday evenings and another hour on Friday afternoon (according to the possibilities of one’s state in life) dedicating themselves to prayer and adoration in union with Jesus Christ as He passed through the Agony in the Garden on the first Holy Thursday, and died on the Cross on the first Good Friday.

Just as the angel came to strengthen Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, so also we invoke the holy angels to strengthen us in the carrying of our own crosses. Nevertheless, the observance of the Passio Domini is first and foremost a prayer of intercession for others. During the time that we accompany Christ in His Passion, we offer the drops of Jesus’s Precious Blood which He shed for love of us and for the salvation of the world. We offer His blood in particular for priests and religious, that they be faithful in the fulfillment of their vocations. We also intercede for those priests who have abandoned their vocation that they be reconciled to Christ and His Church.

We listen for Our Lord to speak to our hearts; and we implore the Heavenly Father, allow one drop of the Precious Blood of Jesus, shed in the Garden of Gethsemani, to fall on those for whom we pray. In Our Lord's deepest despair, He found the Apostles asleep and asked them, "Could you have not stayed awake but for one hour?"

Come, then, we invite you to gather with us and the Holy Angels in the blessed work they do in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Anyone following the call of the Lord, who lets himself be led by his angel, learns first and foremost the virtue of silence; silence means more than 'Not talking." It is the silence of the lips and of the heart, the love of quiet and recollection; this silence bears reverence as its first fruit. It also elevates man into the world of hidden truths, into the world of the truths of Faith. It is the road to purgation, uprightness and integrity, a weapon against every dissipation, distraction and superficiality. One who in the quiet of silence has become awake and ready, one who has learned to listen for the Word and the call and command of the Lord, will also hear them, and execute them, in prompt obedience, with asking why, being subject then only to his discernment.

There are three stages in the ascetical life we regard as the Law of the Holy Angels; SILENCE - LISTENING - OBEDIENCE. All three practices should, in time, bear fruits and become, as it were, the characteristic attributes of one who is led by the Holy Angels.

Their external manifestation results in the four principal bearings to the Work: ADORATION - CONTEMPLATION - EXPIATION - MISSION. It is in these that one's life with the angel finds its expression. These four bearings are not new in the Church. The many and various monasteries as well as religious congregations bear witness to that. But here, it is the manner in which they are realized that is new; also the objective is new, particularly that of atonement for priests.

(we listen for Our Lord to speak to our hearts; and we implore the Heavenly Father, allow one drop of the Precious Blood of Jesus, shed in the Garden of Gethsemani, to fall on those for whom we pray. In Our Lord's deepest despair, He found the Apostles asleep and asked them, "Could you have not stayed awake but for one hour?" We pray to spend these three hours with Our Savior so that this time, He will not suffer alone. As the hour of midnight grew near, Our Lord turned to the sound of approaching voices, and among them was one of His own.

Come, then, we invite you to gather with us and the Holy Angels in the blessed work they do in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Chalice of Strength
50 posted on 04/16/2002 8:21:12 PM PDT by Lady In Blue
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