Prayer for the sanctification of Priests, from St. Therese of the Child Jesus

O Jesus, Eternal Priest,

who has instituted the priesthood to continue on earth

the divine work of saving souls,

keep Your priests (specially: …………)

within the shelter of Your Most Sacred Heart,

where none can touch them.

Keep unstained their anointed hands,

which daily touch Your Sacred Body.

Keep unsullied their lips daily tinged with Your Precious Blood.

Keep pure and unworldly their hearts,

sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood.

Let Your Holy Love surround and protect 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 their everlasting crown in the hereafter.

Amen.

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