Dear God thank You for dedicated Priests, Religious and laity throughout the centuries. Bless with abundant fruit their sincere efforts. Let Your saints intercede for the Priests and Christian community of our time and for the future holiness of Your Church.
***Offered on behalf of priests ***
Rejoicing in priesthood
Our God behold Your priests and rejoice in our ordination imparted by hand of countless priests since the Apostles. Let Your love and grace in us illuminate Your face to all humankind as we offer worship, thanksgiving and petition as Christ amongst Your people.
Rejoice in Your continuing flow of Christ’s redemption and Sacrament through our ministry as we serve by gift of the Holy Spirit who works miraculously in us with Sacrament and symbol. Through priesthood, You bring numerous souls to birth, nourishment, salvation, and unity.
Rejoice, our God, as waters of Baptism flow from our hands to consecrate human creatures as Your children in kinship with Christ! Rejoice as souls are in Confirmation sealed by Your Holy Spirit, with His gifts, into the fullness of their Baptism!
Rejoice as in the Eucharist, humble bread and wine become divine as we speak Christ’s consecration in continuing celebration of our redemption and unity! Our souls lift in wondering praise, as with hand and spoken word, we are instrument of the miracle of transubstantiation. Thank You for the communion of individuals that You through us bring in Eucharistic sharing of lifted hearts.
Rejoice as in Reconciliation, we bestow absolution on repentant individuals, freeing them from the betrayal that sin is to our selves, to community and to You. Rejoice for peace of reconciliation after sin, when cleansed and healed, souls are restored to fullness of Your life in the Mystical Body!
Rejoice for the joy of encouraging repentance and renewal, and of enlightening others to Your truths. Thank You for times that we perceive the workings of the Spirit in another’s being or that we see Your face in a life truly given to You.
Rejoice, as through Anointing of the sick, souls are restored to health and deeper unity, and dying persons are prepared for Your Kingdom! For all these things, we offer our gratitude, our God!
Be compassionate, as through Matrimony, two individuals become one, needful of lifelong grace. Through their union, children receive life to seek their destiny in loving You above all, others as self.
Rejoice in the love that You bear Jesus, as in Ordination their sons are made sharers in His priesthood. Let this miracle be brought to fulfilment in us so that through our priestly ministry, Christ is made present and brought to reign in every soul. Delight Yourself in this fulfilment of Your Son’s unceasing prayer, and rejoice with each of His redeemed, for all eternity!
Thank You for grace that enables us to bear crosses in service of others. Thank You for grace to overcome natural inclination or allurement that might draw us from You. Thank You for joy of temptation overcome. Thank You for assistance to face inconvenience and others’ insensitivity with patience.
Thank You for alleviating others’ burdens through our compassion and practical assistance. Thank You for the gift of divine love that inspires our actions, and words.
Thank You when the lonely, the fearful or the bereaved experience Your love in us. Thank You for all the secret achievements of our apostolate. Thank You for blessing others through us, through our limitations and our failures, as well as through our gifts and successes.
We rejoice in all things that celebrate our everlasting salvation, joy, and communion in You. We rejoice that You ask the sacrifice and sacrament of our lives within Christ, for sake of each person. Thank You that You require everything of us, in self-renunciation, humility, obedience, chastity and love and that You then offer us the necessary graces for administering our priesthood. We rejoice for all blessing that You grant through Your priests.