Prayers for Priests

"There are no bad priests, only priests for whom there has not been enough prayer." ~St. John Vianney 


Dear Lord, we pray that the Blessed Mother wrap her mantle around your priests, especially Fr. (n) and through her intercession strengthen him for his ministry.  We pray that Mary will guide him to follow her own words, “Do whatever he tells you.”  (Jn 2:5)


May he share the heart of St. Joseph, Mary’s most chaste spouse.  May the Blessed Mother’s own pierced heart inspire him to embrace all who suffer at the foot of the cross. 


May he be holy, filled with the fire of your love seeking nothing but your greater glory and the salvation of souls.  Amen.  St. John Vianney, patron of all priests, pray for Fr. (n) and for all of us. (Adapted from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Prayer for Priests by Fr William Doyle, SJ 

O my God, pour out in abundance Thy spirit of sacrifice upon Thy priests. It is both their glory and their duty to become victims, to be burnt up for souls, to live without ordinary joys, to be often the objects of distrust, injustice, and persecution.

The words they say every day at the altar, "This is my Body, this is my Blood," grant them to apply to themselves: "I am no longer myself, I am Jesus, Jesus crucified. I am, like the bread and wine, a substance no longer itself, but by consecration another."

O my God, I burn with desire for the sanctification of Thy priests. I wish all the priestly hands which touch Thee were hands whose touch is gentle and pleasing to Thee, that all the mouths uttering such sublime words at the altar should never descend to speaking trivialities.

Let priests in all their person stay at the level of their lofty functions, let every man find them simple and great, like the Holy Eucharist, accessible to all yet above the rest of men. O my God, grant them to carry with them from the Mass of today, a thirst for the Mass of tomorrow, and grant them, ladened themselves with gifts, to share these abundantly with their fellow men. Amen.


By the late John J Cardinal Carberry

Keep them; I pray Thee, dearest Lord.
Keep them, for they are Thine
The priests whose lives burn out before
Thy consecrated shrine.
Keep them, for they are in the world,
Though from the world apart.
When earthly pleasures tempt, allure --
Shelter them in Thy heart.
Keep them and comfort them in hours
Of loneliness and pain,
When all their life of sacrifice
For souls seems but in vain.
Keep them and  remember, Lord,
they have no one but Thee.
Yet, they have only human hearts,
With human frailty.
Keep them as spotless as the Host,
That daily they caress;
Their every thought and word and deed,
Deign, dearest Lord, to bless.

Prayer for Priests                                                                             
by St. Therese of Lisieux

O Jesus, eternal Priest,                                                                                               
keep your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart,
where none may touch them.

Keep unstained their anointed hands,
which daily touch Your Sacred Body.

Keep unsullied their lips,
daily purpled with your Precious Blood.

Keep pure and unearthly their hearts,
sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood.

Let Your holy love surround them and
shield them from the world's contagion.

Bless their labors with abundant fruit
may the souls to whom they minister
be their joy and consolation here
and in heaven their beautiful and

everlasting crown. Amen.

Prayer for Priests from the Apostleship of Prayer

 Jesus, Eternal High Priest, let your love flow into the hearts of your priests and transform them into living images of you. 
By your grace,   make them true apostles of your Sacred Heart.

 I pray for the fulfillment of the promise you made to St. Margaret Mary: 
"I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts."

 May your Kingdom come to the hearts of all through the ministry of holy priests!


A Morning Offering by Fr. Mark Kirby

Most merciful Father,
I offer Thee the prayers, works,
joys, and sufferings of this day
by placing them in the holy and venerable hands of Jesus, the Eternal High Priest,
and by saying, as He did upon entering the world,
"Behold, I come to do Thy will" (Hebrews 10:9).

For the sake of all His priests,

and in particular for the priests
entrusted to my intercession,
I entreat Thy beloved Son to unite my offering
to the Sacrifice of the Cross,
renewed upon the altars of Thy Church
from the rising of the sun to its setting (Malachy 1:11).

Holy Father,

look upon these men chosen by Thy Son
to show forth His death until He comes (1 Cor 11:26);
keep them from the Evil One (John 17:15)
and sanctify them in the truth (John 17:17).

Bind them by a most tender love

to the Virgin Mary, their Mother
that, by her intercession,
they may be overshadowed by the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35)
in every act of their sacred ministry;
thus may their priesthood reveal
the Face of Jesus and the merciful love of His Heart,
for the fruitfulness of His spouse, the Church.
and the praise of Thy glory. Amen.


Lord Jesus, 

you have chosen your priests from among us and sent them out to proclaim your word and to act in your name. For so great a gift to your Church, we give you praise and thanksgiving. We ask you to fill them with the fire of your love, that their ministry may reveal your presence in the Church. Since they are earthen vessels, we pray that your power shine out through their weakness. In their afflictions let them never be crushed; in their doubts never despair; in temptation never be destroyed; in persecution never abandoned. Inspire them through prayer to live each day the mystery of your dying and rising. In times of weakness send them your Spirit, and help them to praise your heavenly Father and pray for poor sinners. By the same Holy Spirit put your words on their lips and your love in their hearts, to bring good news to the poor and healing to the brokenhearted. And may the gift of Mary your mother, to the disciple whom you loved, be your gift to every priest. Grant that she who formed you in her human image, may form them in your divine image, by the power of your Spirit, to the glory of God the Father. Amen. 

~Father Kevin Scallon, CM


Mary Immaculate & Pure Pray with Us for Your Priest Sons

& Place Them in The Wound of The Sacred & Living Heart of Jesus


Mary Immaculate & Pure

Accompany them as you did your son Jesus in their daily way of the cross

Heart of Jesus be their refuge

Mary Immaculate & Pure

Help them to die to the world & give themselves completely to their priestly vocations.

Heart of Jesus be their refuge


Mary Immaculate & Pure

Help them to bear patiently, the challenges of their daily lives.

Heart of Jesus be their refuge


Mary Immaculate & Pure

Give them true humility as an example to all they serve.

Heart of Jesus be their refuge


Mary Immaculate & Pure

Help them to avoid deliberate sins & if they fall to rise & continue in their vocations

Heart of Jesus be their refuge


Mary Immaculate & Pure

Give them courage to overcome the need for human respect & to do only the will of God

Heart of Jesus be their refuge


Mary Immaculate & Pure

Be their sweet mother during life & their comfort at the hour of death

Heart of Jesus be their refuge


Mary Immaculate & Pure

Help us to be the Simon of Cyrene to every priest in our lives to be a support in anyway needed

Heart of Jesus be their refuge


Mary Immaculate & Pure

Never let the crosses of their daily lives be more than they can bear, be their motherly support.

Heart of Jesus be their refuge


Mary Immaculate & Pure

Help your priests to recognize Jesus in all they meet & care for, with fidelity to their duty as shepherds of souls.

Heart of Jesus be their refuge


Mary Immaculate & Pure

Give them the grace to totally forgive any wrongs done to them with the grace to be merciful & kind to all

Heart of Jesus be their refuge


Mary Immaculate & Pure

Give them the grace of fortitude & complete fulfillment of their daily duty.

Heart of Jesus be their refuge


Mary Immaculate & Pure

Give them great upright purity of heart & graces to serve Jesus so their flock can see Jesus in all their actions

Heart of Jesus be their refuge


Mary Immaculate & Pure

Help your priest sons to great charity as they sacrifice themselves to increase the Kingdom of God on earth

Heart of Jesus be their refuge


Mary Immaculate & Pure

May all priests live so as to merit your embrace at their death & be presented by you to your son Jesus

Heart of Jesus be their refuge


Mary Immaculate & Pure

Be with your priest sons as they consecrate the bread and wine into the Most precious body and blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  May their hearts be united to Jesus as they receive Him at Mass

Mary Immaculate & Pure

We pray for all your priest sons in purgatory, especially those priests who have ministered to us during our lives let our prayers release them to the joys of heaven  May their priestly (marks) vows shine & be united to Jesus the eternal High Priest for all eternity, we pray to you Oh Lord Amen.

 By Terry Boldin of the Rosary Evangelization Apostolate
 A Rosary for Priests

                                                                         JOYFUL MYSTERIES (Mon/Sat)


The Angel Gabriel announces to Mary, a virgin, that she will become the mother of God, Word Made Flesh.  For all centuries to come, Jesus will become flesh in the Holy Eucharist to nourish us in a most intimate union with Him.
     We pray for all priests who daily through the words of the consecration at Mass, and through Holy Communion, bring us the Body and Blood of Christ.  We pray for all future priests now being formed in the wombs of their mothers, that they may be safe from physical and spiritual harm, and come to Ordination as God intends.  We pray for all future generations of priests.  We pray also that priests may treasure the gift of celibacy.


Mary visits her cousin, Elizabeth, who recognizes Mary as the living tabernacle for their Divine Lord.
     We pray especially for priests who bring Holy Communion to the sick, the shut-ins, and Viaticum to the dying.  We pray for all the priests who minister to the sick in other ways, counsel, comfort, and console them.



Jesus is born in Bethlehem. The angels announce His birth; kings and shepherds come to adore Him.
     We pray that all seminarians grow in knowledge and love of God to become holy priests.  We pray especially for those who will be ordained soon, that they remain faithful all their lives to the sublime privilege of being “other Christs” among us.  We pray that everyone will come to value the Eucharistic Feast and the Priesthood among God’s greatest gifts to us.  We pray that every priest will consider himself a member of the Holy Family, a true son of Mary and Joseph, and a brother priest of Jesus, the great High Priest.



Mary and Joseph, in obedience to the Law, bring Jesus to the temple to be dedicated to God.  Simeon expresses his gratitude to God for revealing the Messiah to him before he dies.
      We thank God for all priests who, like Simeon, have given us decades of faithful service.  We pray that they may be rewarded for their generosity and self-sacrifice.  We pray also for all priests whose hearts are pierced by loneliness, depression and rejection.



Jesus is found among the teachers in the temple; He returns home and is obedient to Mary and Joseph.
      We pray that priests will always be found going about their Father’s business, and will be obedient to the teaching magisterium of the Church, our Holy Father and the bishops in communion with him.  We pray for all young priests that the love and dedication they experience in the first years of their priesthood may increase with time.  We pray for all priests who teach the Faith to children and adults.



The apostles fall asleep; Jesus sweats blood at the thought of His coming passion and death; angels come to comfort Him.
     We pray that all priests who are suffering and on the way to Calvary may be comforted by God’s presence; those who have betrayed or denied the Faith through weakness may repent and return to the warmth of God’s love.  We pray that all priests may live only to do our Father’s will, as Jesus always did.


Jesus is cruelly scourged and beaten by the soldiers.
     We pray for priests who are persecuted, physically or mentally abused; those who are imprisoned or prevented from offering the Holy sacrifice of the Mass or receiving Holy Communion. We pray for those priests living under oppression.



Jesus is mocked as king and His precious Head is cruelly pierced by thorns.
     We pray for priests who suffer for defending authentic Catholic doctrine.  We pray that all Bishops will uphold the true teachings of the Catholic Church and resist temptations to compromise doctrine in the face of cultural and social pressures.



Bruised, bleeding and exhausted, Jesus is forced to drag Himself and His cross up the hill of Calvary.
     We pray for all priests with heavy crosses, those who are weak, lonely, or have fallen from God’s grace in some way.  We pray for the Holy Father, who perhaps has the heaviest of crosses, the widespread persecution and abandonment of the Church from within and without.


Jesus sheds his last drops of Precious Blood to redeem us from sin and death.
     We pray for all priests who are in their last agony and those who will die today.  We pray for those who thirst for the salvation of souls.  We pray that the crucifixion of their wills may accomplish God’s designs for the salvation of the whole world. We pray that priests may take Mary into their hearts, as St. John the Apostle, one of the first priests, took Mary into his home.




Jesus arises from the dead and appears to the Apostles.
     At times, priests may suffer from depression and despair that plague them when they see so little from their labors.  We pray that priests will remember: the Crucifixion is followed by the Resurrection: darkness is always followed by light.  We pray that all priests may share the joy of the Risen Christ.


Jesus instructs His apostles and returns to His Father in Heaven.
     We pray that priests may carry out Jesus’ instructions to evangelize the whole world, instructing and baptizing countless souls.  We pray for missionaries who live lives of utter poverty and deprivation to bring the Gospel to all the people.



The Holy Spirit comes upon the Apostles, who are gathered with Mary.
     We pray that priests may be open to the graces of the Holy Spirit to strengthen them for the task of bringing souls to God and God to souls. We pray that they may be on fire to convert the most hardened sinners and bring God’s love to the whole world.


Mary is taken, body and soul, to Heaven.  While she was on earth, she loved and prayed for the Apostles, the first priests.
     We pray that priests will be devoted to Mary and find in her the love and comfort of a mother, the most powerful intercession of our greatest saint, and the surest refuge against Satan and his cohorts who seek destruction of priests and the priesthood.


Mary is crowned Queen of Heaven and earth; she is rewarded for her faithfulness to God.
     We pray that Mary, Queen of the Clergy, will be their model of faith and joy, and constant guide until they reach Heaven where a crown, jeweled with the many souls entrusted to them on the day of Ordination, will be their reward for faithful and loving service.





Jesus descends into the water of the Jordan River and is baptized by John.  The heavens open and the voice of the Father declares Him the beloved Son.  The Spirit descends upon Jesus in the form of a dove and fills Him with God’s mission to save humankind from sin.



Jesus changes water into wine at the request of Mary, who was first among believers.  The disciples witness this miracle, their hearts open to the faith, and they begin to believe in Him.



Jesus preaches the Gospel in Galilee.  He proclaims that this is the time of fulfillment, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.  He asks all to repent and forgives the sins of those who believe in Him.



On Mount Tabor, the Apostles see the glory of God shining forth from the face of Jesus.  The voice of the Father, coming from a cloud, says “This is my chosen Son, listen to Him.”



At the Last Supper, Jesus offers His body and blood, under the signs of bread and wine, and washes the feet of the Apostles.  He knows that Judas has betrayed Him and His hour has come.  Jesus testifies to His everlasting love for each one of us by sharing the Sacrament of the Eucharist.


O Jesus, our great High Priest, hear my humble prayers on behalf of your priests.  Give them a deep faith, a bright and firm hope and a burning love which will ever increase in the course of their priestly life. 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, and show them that they are needed by the Church; they are needed by souls; they are needed for the work of redemption. O loving Mother Mary, Mother of Priests, take to your heart your sons who are close to you because of their priestly ordination 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.


Feel free to pray in any additional way in which you may be inspired:  i.e., pray your own favorite prayer, offer daily Mass, pray the rosary, fast, light a candle, spend time in Eucharistic Adoration, or offer your daily sufferings and joys for the priest of the day.