Prayer for Priests
In founding a Eucharistic Community, Mother Marie Ste. Claire understood the profound gift of the priesthood and the dire need for holy priests. She committed herself and her daughters to faithfully pray for these men called by God to carry on the work of Salvation. To be consecrated to Perpetual Adoration for the sake of the Church, is at the same time to pray for those who have the care of souls – those who seek out the lost, who reconcile us sinners to God, who daily offer the Eucharistic Sacrifice. To pray for priests is to collaborate in the Redemption that Christ the Eternal High Priest offers to all through the Sacraments and ministry of the Church. In a world that is increasingly hostile to the Christian witness and the Truth preached by faithful priests, there is a great need for the intensification of prayer for priests. Let us pray for the protection, sanctification and strengthening of our Holy Father, our Bishops and all priests!
Prayer for Missions
Contemplatives, set apart as they are to pray for the Church and the whole world, have a special heart for ‘the missions’ – those who preach and give the witness of faith to souls who do not know Christ. In a particular way here at Our Lady of the Angels, although we are no longer involved in the work of EWTN, we continue to daily pray and sacrifice for the Network and it’s mission. Founded by Mother Angelica, EWTN continues to share the beauty of the Catholic Faith and the love of God with millions around the world.
Mother of Jesus Christ and Mother of priests,
accept this title, which we bestow on you
to celebrate your motherhood
and to contemplate with you the priesthood
of, your Son and of your sons,
O holy Mother of God.
O Mother of Christ,
to the Messiah-priest you gave a body of flesh
through the anointing of the Holy Spirit
for the salvation of the poor and the contrite of heart;
guard priests in your heart and in the Church,
O Mother of the Savior.
O Mother of Faith,
you accompanied to the Temple the Son of Man,
the fulfillment of the promises given to the fathers;
give to the Father for his glory the priests of your Son,
O Ark of the Covenant.
O Mother of the Church,
in the midst of the disciples in the upper room
you prayed to the Spirit
for the new people and their shepherds;
obtain for the Order of Presbyters
a full measure of gifts,
O Queen of the Apostles.
O Mother of Jesus Christ,
you were with him at the beginning
of his life and mission,
you sought the Master among the crowd,
you stood beside him when he was lifted up from the earth
consumed as the one eternal sacrifice,
and you had John, your son, near at hand;
accept from the beginning those who have been called,
protect their growth,
in their life ministry accompany your sons,
O Mother of Priests.
- Bl. John Paul II