Prayer for Priests

For Sea Sunday

God our Father, we praise you for the gift of the priesthood in your Church, and for the ministry of priests in service of your people.  We thank you for the precious gift of your Son, received at the hands of your priests.

We pray for all the priests of the Archdiocese of Birmingham.  May they find inspiration and encouragement from the laity, deacons and religious, and from each other.

We recall, with gratitude, the priests who have been a source of grace in our lives.  We pray especially for our Parish Priests. Be watchful over your priests, Lord, we pray.  Give courage to those who serve you and grant them their eternal reward.  Have mercy on those who have struggled to stay close to you.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, we place all priests of the Archdiocese of Birmingham under your protection.  Be present in the hearts of all our priests.  May their hearts burn with love for you.  We pray that all priests experience the joy of the Gospel in their lives, and are constantly enriched by your Word.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, renew all priests in their service of God
Most sacred Heart of Jesus, grant all priests patience and fortitude.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, guide all priests along the right path.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, teach us compassion and understanding for our priests.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, open our hearts to respond to our own call to your service.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, nurture vocations to the priesthood in our families, parishes and schools.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, bless the priests and the people of our parishes, and fill our hearts with your mercy. 

Amen.