A Prayer for the Year of the Priesthood


My priest handed out leaflets containing this prayer before Mass today. It is a prayer for the Year of the Priesthood. He recommended that we all say this prayer for the Holy Priests of the Catholic Church every day.

I thought I’d share it with you all:

Jesus, humbled in the Eucharist to be the source and centre of charity in the Catholic Church and the strength of souls, we offer you our prayers, our actions, our sufferings, so that each day we may see the wider extension of the Kingdom of Your Most Sacred Heart.

Let us pray:

Heavenly Father, you have appointed Your only begotten Son to be the eternal High Priest for the glory of Your Majesty and the salvation of mankind; grant that they whom he has chosen to be His Priests and Stewards of His Mysteries, may be found faithful in the fulfilment of the ministry which they have received; through the same Christ our Lord. Amen

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy upon us (Three times).


Hello Dempsey!

There was not a thing mentioned at our mass today about The Year of the Priest. I was a bit surprised by that. Thanks for posting the prayer as I had not seen this and will keep it and use it.


There was not a thing mentioned at our mass today about The Year of the Priest. I was a bit surprised by that. Thanks for posting the prayer as I had not seen this and will keep it and use it.

Father also said that this prayer was from a book (I forget the name), which contains all of the Indulgenced prayers of the Church. This must mean that this prayer is regarded as an official prayer of the Church.

We were also encouraged to pray to St. John Kemble. St. John Kemble was born in 1599 and was ordained a priest at Douai in 1625. He exercised a faithful ministry for 53 years, loved by all, until caught whilst at his brother’s house in Pembroke. He was falsely accused in the Titus Oates Plot. He was hanged, drawn and quartered aged 81. The crowds, both Catholic and Protestant, wept at his martyrdom in recognition of a faithful priest and a much beloved man. He is an example of a faithful, long serving and dedicated priest.

St John Kemble, faithful priest of the Lord, pray for priests!


This is the one I pray every day:

'Dear Lord,
we pray that the Blessed Mother
wrap her mantle around your priests
and through her intercession
strengthen them for their ministry.

We pray that Mary will guide your priests
to follow her own words,
“Do whatever He tells you” (Jn 2:5)

May your priests have the heart of St. Joseph,
Mary’s most chaste spouse.

May the Blessed Mother’s own pierced heart
inspire them to embrace
all who suffer at the foot of the cross.

May your priests be holy,
filled with the fire of your love
seeking nothing but your greater glory
and the salvation of souls.
Saint John Vianney, pray for us.’


Lord Jesus,

In Saint John Mary Vianney you have deigned to give the Church a living image of yourself and a personification of your pastoral charity.

Help us during this Year for Priests to live good lives by being close to him and his example.

Grant that we may learn from the saintly Curé of Ars how to rest contentedly before the Holy Eucharist; to know that only your Word enlightens us each day; to know how tender is the love with which you welcome repentant sinners; how consoling is the confident abandonment to the care of the Holy and Immaculate Mother; how necessary is the ever-vigilant battle against Evil.

Grant, O Lord Jesus, that from the example of the holy Curé our young men may once again realize how necessary, humble and glorious is the priestly ministry which you wish to entrust to those who open themselves to your call.

Grant also to our communities - as once your did at Ars - those wonders of grace which you bring about when a priest knows to “make his parish a place of love”.

Grant that our Christian families may find their home to be within the Church – where your ministers may always be found – and that they may enrich the domestic hearth with the beauty of the Church.

Grant that the Charity of our pastors may enliven and enkindle the Charity of all the faithful, so that every vocation and every charism, given by your Holy Spirit, may be welcomed and honored.

But above all, O Lord Jesus, bestow upon us the ardour and truth of the heart that we may come before your Heavenly Father, making our own the same words that St. John Mary Vianney prayed to Him:

I love You, O my God and my sole desire is to love You until the last breath of my life.

I love You, O infinitely lovable God and I prefer to die loving You than live one instant without loving You.

I love You, O my God, and I do not desire anything but heaven so as to have the joy of loving You perfectly.

I love You, O my God, and I fear hell, because there will not be the sweet consolation of loving You.

O my God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You, I want my heart to say it in every beat.

Allow me the grace to suffer loving You, to love you suffering and one day to die loving You and feeling that I love You.

And as I approach my end, I beg you to increase and perfect my love of You.



Thank you for sharing these prayers. They are beautiful and I hope others will begin using them in their prayer life.


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