Prayers for priests, deacons

Rite of Ordination to the Priesthood Zagreb, Croatia. Photo: Zvonimir Atletic/Shutterstock
A priest celebrates the Tridentine Mass at the Basilica of St. Nicholas in Rome. Photo: Thoom/Shutterstock

Prayer for newly ordained priests

O Jesus, our great High Priest, hear our humble prayers on behalf of your priests, Father ___. Give them a deep faith, a bright and firm hope, and a burning love which will ever increase in the course of their priestly lives.

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. Show them that they are needed by the Church, they are needed by souls, they are needed for the work of redemption.

O loving Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Priests, take to your heart your sons who are close to you because of their priestly ordinations, 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.


Source: Diocese of St. Petersburg (Florida)

A deacon sings the Exsultet during the Easter Vigil Mass in Poland. Photo: Błażej Benisz/Public Domain

Deacon Prayer

Lord Jesus, you came to serve, not to be served,
form within us your generous spirit;
Fill us with your love,
that we may love the Father as your love him.
Fill us with your compassion,
that we may see our brothers and sisters
as you see them.
Fill us with your courage,
that we may give our lives in service to the Church
as you gave your life for her.
Fill us with that Spirit which will make us
preachers of your Word,
ministers of your Sacrifice,
servants of your Bride,
friends of the poor,
and the voice of the forgotten.
Transform us through your Holy Spirit
so that we may transform the world into
Your Kingdom of justice and faith.


Source: The Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West

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