St. John Vianney – Patron Saint of Priests
Every high priest is taken from among men and made their representative before God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. Hebrews 5:1
In my prayer of late God has impressed upon me how desperately our Priests need our prayers and sacrifices. I know many of you probably already pray for Priests, but I feel God asking me to ask people to pray for a SPECIFIC Priest, and to offer the sufferings of your day for that Priest. This means you should take to prayer who God is to assign you to pray for. He will let you know some way and some how who you are specifically supposed to pray for. Be still and listen. Many of our Shepherds are lost, many are tired, many are saintly, but all need our prayer. By picking a specific Priest to pray for, it ensures that he is covered over. And prayer is powerful, it has efficacy. Pray for him to be a Saint. Pray for the Blessed Mother to cover him over, after all, they are all sons of Mary. Invoke the Saints to assist them.
Here is a prayer you can pray once the Lord lets you know who to pray for and offer the sufferings of your day for;
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.
Remember, these men bring us the Eucharist. Without them, we don’t have the greatest gift ever offered. Your sacrifice for them can bring the salvation of many souls.