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Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests (H.H. Pius XII)

O Jesus, Eternal Pontiff, Good Shepherd, Source of life, who, by the singular generosity of your most sweetest Heart, you have given us priests, so that we may fully fulfill the designs of sanctification which your grace inspires in our souls. We beseech you: come and help them with your merciful assistance.

Be in them, O Jesus, living faith in their works, unshakable hope in their trials, ardent charity in their resolutions. May your word, eternal Wisdom, be, by constant meditation, the daily nourishment of their inner life, daily nourishment of their interior life. May the example of your life and Passion be renewed in their conduct and sufferings.

Grant them, O Lord, to be detached from all earthly interests and to seek only your greater glory. Grant them to be faithful to their duties with a pure conscience until their last breath. And when with the death of the body they give into your hands the task well done, give them, Jesus, you who were their Master on earth, the eternal reward: the crown of righteousness in the splendor of the saints.

Amen.