St. John Paul II

St. John Paul II

St. Pope John Paul II’s Prayer for Priests to Our Blessed Mother

Mother of Jesus Christ and Mother of priests,
Accept this title which we bestow on you
to celebrate your motherhood
and to contemplate with you
the priesthood of your Son and of your sons,
O holy Mother of God.
Mother of Christ,
to the Messiah Priest,
you gave a body of flesh
through the anointing of the Holy Spirit
for the salvation of the poor
and the contrite of heart;
guard priests in your heart
and in the Church,
O Mother of the Savior.
Mother of Faith,
you accompanied to
the Temple the Son of Man,
the fulfillment of the promises
given to the fathers;
give to the Father for his glory
the priests of your Son,
O Ark of the Covenant.
Mother of the Church,
with the disciples in the Upper Room
you prayed to the Spirit
for the new People and their shepherds;
obtain for the Order of Presbyters
a fullness of gifts,
O Queen of the Apostles.
Mother of Jesus Christ,
you were with Him at the beginning
of His life and of His mission,
you sought the Master among the crowd,
you stood beside Him
when he was lifted up from the earth
consumed as the one eternal sacrifice,
and you had John close by you, your son;
accept from the beginning
those who have been called,
protect their growth,
accompany your sons
in their life and in their ministry,
O Mother of Priests.
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