Today is the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests

Jasjot Singh

The Catholic Church celebrates the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests cEvery year, on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

This special day of prayer is called by the Holy Father through the Congregation for the Clergy.

“Let us also ask for holy priests, formed ‘according to the Sacred Heart of Christ,'” said Saint John Paul II, who established that this day of prayer be held on the day of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests (from Saint Therese of the Child Jesus)

Oh Jesus who has instituted the priesthood to continue on earth
the divine work of saving souls
protect your priests (especially: …………..)
in the refuge of your SACRED HEART.
Keep your CONSECRATED HANDS spotless,
that daily touch your SACRED BODY,
and keep pure their lips stained with your PRECIOUS BLOOD.
Keep their Hearts pure,
marked with the sublime seal of the PRIESTHOOD,
and do not allow the spirit of the world to contaminate them.
Increase the number of your apostles,
and may your Holy Love protect them from all danger.
Bless His labors and toils,
and that as a fruit of His apostolate obtain the salvation of many souls
May they be your consolation here on earth and your eternal crown in Heaven. Amen.

Tags: Priests, Priesthood, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Prayer for priests, Day of Prayer, Heart of Jesus

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