Couple days ago, we had an appreciation lunch for our elderly priests. Our priests baptise us, confirm us, forgive us, anoint us, teach us, always drawing us closer to our beloved Lord Jesus. Let us continue to pray for all priests, young and not-so-young alike that they will continue to shine the face of Jesus for us and for the world to see.
O Jesus, our great High Priest, Hear my humble prayers on behalf of your priest, Father [N]. Give him a deep faith, a bright and firm hope and a burning love which will ever increase in the course of his priestly life.
In his loneliness, comfort him In his sorrows, strengthen him In his frustrations, point out to him that it is through suffering that the soul is purified, and show him that he is needed by the Church, he is needed by souls, he is needed for the work of redemption.
O loving Mother Mary, Mother of Priests, take to your heart your son who is close to you because of his priestly ordination, and because of the power which he has received to carry on the work of Christ in a world which needs him so much.
Be his comfort, be his joy, be his strength, and especially help him to live and to defend the ideals of consecrated celibacy. Amen.
- a prayer by Archbishop John Carberry
📸: Fr Joseph Jeannequin & Fr Aloysius Doraisamy sharing a moment