St. Therese's Prayer for Priests

I think we need this now, more than ever.  I found this on a prayer card they give out at St. John the Evangelist Church in New York City…

O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep your priests within the shelter of your sacred heart, where none may touch them.

Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch your sacred body.

Keep unsullied their lips, daily purpled with your precious blood.

Keep pure and unearthly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of your 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 minister be their joy and consolation here on earth,

and in heaven, their everlasting crown.

Mary, Mother of Priests, pray for priests and vocations to the priesthood.

— St. Therese of Lisieux

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One response to “St. Therese's Prayer for Priests”

  1. Dear Deacon Kandra,

    This prayer was prayed by the Servant of God, Msgr. Bernard John Quinn (1888-1940) every day.

    It is still prayed each week at the Little Flower Novena, begun by “Father Quinn” in 1925 in St. Peter Claver Church.

    You can find a copy of this prayer on a Holy Card displayed on his website fatherquinn.org.

    Thank you.

    Mary Jane Theresa Ryan

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