HOLY HOUR FOR PRIESTS

 

 

OPENING HYMN

 

 

 EXPOSITION

 

 

ST. JOHN MARIE VIANNEY’S ACT OF LOVE

I love you, oh my God, and my only desire is to love you until my last breath.

I love you, oh infinitely loveable God, and I prefer to die loving you than to live a single moment without loving you.

I love you, oh my God, and I long for heaven only in order to know the bliss of loving you perfectly.

I love you, oh my God, and I only fear going to hell because there I will never experience the sweet consolation of loving you.

Oh my God, if my tongue is not able to say at every opportunity that I love you, I want at least my heart to repeat it to you as many times as I take a breath.

My God, give me the grace of suffering out of love for you, of loving you while I suffer.  Give me the grace of one day breathing my last out of love for you and at the same time feeling how much I love you.

The closer I come to my final end the more I beseech you to intensify and perfect my love for you.  Amen.

 

 

HOLY ROSARY FOR PRIESTS

(Salve Regina )

 

 

THE LITANY FOR ALL PRIESTS

Let us pray for the Holy Father,                 Fill him with your grace, Lord.

Cardinals, Archbishops, and Bishops         Give them your gifts, Lord.

Diocesan priests,                                         Never leave them, Lord.

Priests in seminary work,                            Give them your wisdom, Lord.

Priests in hospital work,                             Give them constancy, Lord.

Priests who are ill,                                      Heal them, Lord.

Priests in danger,                                        Deliver them, Lord.

Priests who are weak,                                 Strengthen them, Lord.

 

Priests who are poor,                                  Relieve them, Lord.

Priests who are zealous,                              Help them, Lord.

Priests who want to love you,                    Enkindle their hearts, Lord.

Priests who are sad,                                    Console them, Lord.

Priests who are worried,                             Give them peace, Lord.

Priests who are old,                                    Sustain them, Lord.

Priests who are young,                               Impel them for your glory, Lord.

Priests who are alone,                                 Accompany them, Lord.

Missionary priests,                                      Protect them, Lord.

Priests who are preachers,                          Enlighten them, Lord.

Priests who direct souls,                             Instruct them, Lord.

Parish priests,                                              Give them prudence, Lord.

Religious priests,                                        Make them perfect, Lord.\

Priests and religious who have died,          Bring them to glory, Lord.

On all the Church, militant and suffering,     Lord, have mercy.

For all priests,  Give them your wisdom, Lord.

Give them virtues.

Give them patience and charity.

Give them obedience and kindness.

Give them a burning zeal for souls.

Give them an intense love for the Eucharist.

Give them loyalty to the Holy See and to their Bishops.

Give them respect for their dignity.

Give them a great love for Mary.

Give them rectitude and justice.

Give them the gift of counsel.

                        Give them strength in their labors.

Give them peace in their sufferings.

Give them humility and generosity.

                        Let them be the light of souls.

Let them be the salt of the earth.

Let them practice sacrifice and self-denial.

Let them enkindle hearts with the love of Mary.

Let them be other Christs.

Let them be holy in body and soul.

May they be men of prayer.

May faith shine forth in them.

May they be concerned only for the salvation of souls.

May they be faithful to their priestly vocation.

May their hands know only how to bless.

May they burn with love for You and for Mary.

May all their steps be for the glory of God.

                        May the Holy Spirit possess them, and give them His gifts

                          and fruits in abundance.

Let us pray:

O God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, You are the soul and the life of the Church.  Hear the prayers we offer for priests.  We ask this through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, their protector and guide.  Amen.

 

 

IMMACULATE MARY

Immaculate Mary, your praises we sing,

Who reignest in splendor with Jesus our King. 

            Refrain:           Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria,

                                    Ave, Ave Maria.

 

The Pope declared this time as the Year for Priests.

Protect and lead him to the Eternal High Priest.  Refrain.

 

We pray for all priests of our Mother, the Church,

And bless Holy Mary your priest sons on earth.  Refrain.

 

 

BRIEF SERMON

 

 

BRIEF PRIESTLY PRAYER (Priests only)

Almighty God, we pray that Your grace may assist us in the ministerial priesthood to serve You worthily and devoutly, in complete purity, and in good conscience.  And if we are unable to live our lives with such innocence, grant that we weep bitterly over the evil we have done.  Grant that we may serve You ever fervently with a spirit of humility, with right intention of good will.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen

 

PRAYER FOR PRIESTS

Lord Jesus, present in the Most Blessed Sacrament, and living perpetually among us through Your Priests, grant that the words of Your Priests may be only Your words, that their gestures be only Your gestures, and that their lives be a true reflection of Your life.

 

Grant that they may be men who speak to God on behalf of His people, and speak to His people of God.  Grant that they be courageous in service, serving the Church as she asks to be served.

 

Grant that they may be men who witness to eternity in our time, travelling on the paths of history in Your steps, and doing good for all.

 

Grant that they may be faithful to their commitments, zealous in their vocation and mission, clear mirrors of their own identity, and living the joy of the gift they have received.

 

We pray that Your Holy Mother, Mary, present throughout Your life, may be ever present in the life of Your Priests.  Amen.

 

 

TANTUM ERGO

 

 

DIVINE PRAISES

 

 

HOLY GOD WE PRAISE THY NAME

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