Good prayers for priest


Is there any typical prayers a parishner would say for his/her priest?
Just as a general prayer for his priestly well`being.



There is a prayer to St. John Vianney.


Here’s one from our Diocese of Winona:

O Jesus, Eternal Priest; keep all Your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart, where none may harm them. Keep unstained their anointed hands which daily touch Your Sacred Body. Keep unsullied their lips purpled with your Precious Blood. Keep pure and unearthly their hearts sealed with the sublime marks of Your glorious priesthood. Let Your holy love surround them and shield them from the world’s contagion. Bless their labors with abundant fruit, and may the souls to whom they have ministered be their joy and consolation and in Heaven their beautiful and everlasting crown. O Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for us; obtain for us many holy priests. Amen.

Hope that helps! God Bless,



This is the one I use. I believe it’s attributed to St. Therese of Lisieux. :smiley:

O Jesus, I pray for Your faithful and fervent priests; for Your unfaithful and tepid priests; for Your priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields; for Your tempted priests; for Your lonely and desolate priests; for Your young priests; for Your dying priests; for the souls of Your priests 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 at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me Your Body and Blood in Holy Communion; the priests who taught and instructed me; and all the other priests whom I am indebted in any other way. Oh Jesus, keep them close to Your heart, and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity. Amen.


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.



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