The Seven Daughters of Our Sorrowful Mother was formed to pray for priests. This group of women prays for many priests, in particular, our parish priest, our bishop, the priests in our diocese, those associated with OSMM and priests worldwide, especially those being perecuted for their faith.
Since we are under the mantle of Our Sorrowful Mother, we have a wealth of beautiful prayers that we use during our hour. We also meditate on Christ's Passion and the Seven Sorrows that Mary suffered.
Now more than ever, our priests need all of the prayer support we can all provide.
We pray for their protection, sanctity, holy boldness, courage & faithfulness.
Their names are recorded in a beautiful book placed in Mary’s Chapel, in the House of Bethany, which houses the priests who come here.
You can join us by praying the rosary for priests
If you have a priest that you would like us to pray for please contact Cheryl at email@example.com
Please let others know about this important work in this crucial time.
Daily Prayer for Priests
O Almighty, Eternal God, look upon the Face of Your Son and for love of Him, who is the Eternal High Priest, have pity on Your priests. Remember, O most compassionate God, that they are but weak and frail human beings. Stir up in them the grace of their vocation which is in them by the imposition of the bishop's hands. Keep them close to You, lest the enemy prevail against them, so that they may never do anything in the slightest degree unworthy of their sublime vocation.
O Jesus, I pray for Your faithful and fervent priests; for Your unfaithful and tepid priests; for Your priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields; for Your tempted priests; for the lonely and desolate priests; for Your young priests; for Your dying priests; for the souls of Your priests in purgatory.
But above all, I commend to you N, and all the priests dearest to me, the priest who baptized me, the priests who have absolved me from my sins, the priests at whose Masses I have assisted and who have offered me Your Body and Blood in Holy Communion, the priests who have taught and instructed me or helped and encouraged me, and the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way.
O Jesus, keep them all close to Your Heart, and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity. Amen
~by Richard Cardinal Cushing
Archbishop of Boston (1944-1970)
St. Thérèse of Lisieux's Prayer for Priests
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 by your Precious Blood. Keep pure and and unearthly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of the 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 and in heaven their beautiful and everlasting crown.
"I came to Carmel to save souls and pray for priests" St. Thérèse
Prayer for Priests
O Jesus, our great High Priest, hear my humble prayers on behalf of your priests. Give them a deep faith, a bright and firm hope and a burning love which will ever increase in the course of their priestly life. In their loneliness, comfort them. In their sorrows, strengthen them. In their frustrations, point out to them that it is through suffering that the soul is purified, and show them that they are needed by the Church, they are needed by souls, they are needed for the work of redemption.
O loving Mother Mary, Mother of Priests, take to your heart your sons who are close to you because of their priestly ordination, and because of the power which they have received to carry on the work of Christ in a world which needs them so much. Be their comfort, be their joy, be their strength, and especially help them to live and to defend the ideals of consecrated celibacy. Amen.
+John Joseph Cardinal Carberry
Archbishop of St. Louis (1968-1979)