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  • Writer's pictureFr. Vili Lehtoranta

Most Holy Rosary for Priests

The Oblate Sisters are asked to pray daily this Rosary for all priests.


Prayer for Priests


O Jesus, our great High Priest, hear my humble prayers on behalf of Thy 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 Thy Heart Thy sons who are close to Thee 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. Amen.


The Sign of the Cross


In the name of the Father, ✠ and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.


The Apostles Creed


I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell, the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.


Our Father


Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name: Thy kingdom come: Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread: and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation: but deliver us from evil. Amen.


Hail Mary


Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee: blessed art Thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of Thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.


Glory Be


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


The Fatima Prayer


O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell; lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy Mercy.


THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES


1. The Annunciation


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.


2. The Visitation


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.


3. The Birth of Jesus


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 may 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 as 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.


4. The Presentation in the Temple


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 Messias 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.


5. Finding Jesus in the Temple


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 infallible magisterium of the Church.


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 SORROWFUL MYSTERIES


1. The Agony in the Garden


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; that 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.


2. Jesus is Scourged


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 Communist oppression.


3. Jesus is Crowned with Thorns


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.


4. Jesus Carries His Cross


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 priests, who perhaps have the heaviest of crosses: the widespread persecution and abandonment of the Church from within and without.


5. Jesus Dies on the Cross


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.


THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES


1. The Resurrection


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.


2. The Ascension


Jesus instructs His Apostles and returns to His Father in Heaven.


We pray that priests may carry out Our Lord’s 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.


3. The Descent of the Holy Ghost


The Holy Ghost comes down upon the Apostles, who are gathered with Mary.


We pray that priests may be open to the graces of the Holy Ghost 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 to bring God’s love to the whole world.


4. The Assumption


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.


5. The Coronation


Mary is crowned Queen of Heaven and earth; She is rewarded for Her fidelity 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.


The Hail Holy Queen


Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy! Our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To Thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to Thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn, then, most gracious Advocate, Thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of Thy womb, Jesus; O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.


V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


Let us pray. O God, Whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech Thee, that meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise: through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.


A LITANY OF THE HOLY FACE IN REPARATION FOR BLASPHEMIES AND FOR THE CONVERSION OF BLASPHEMERS


Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.


Holy Virgin Mary, pray for us.


O adorable Face, which was adored with profound respect by Mary and Joseph when they saw Thee for the first time, have mercy on us.


O adorable Face, which in the Stable of Bethlehem didst ravish with joy the angels, the shepherds and the Magi, have mercy etc.


O adorable Face, which in the Temple didst transpierce with a dart of love the saintly old man Simeon and the prophetess Anna,


O adorable Face, which was bathed in tears in Thy holy infancy,


O adorable Face, which, when Thou didst appear in the Temple at twelve years of age, didst fill with admiration the Doctors of the law,


O adorable Face, white with purity and ruddy with charity,


O adorable Face, more beautiful than the sun, more lovely than the moon, more brilliant than the stars,


O adorable Face, fresher than the roses of spring,


O adorable Face, more precious than gold, silver, and diamonds,


O adorable Face, whose charms are so ravishing, and whose grace is so attractive,


O adorable Face, whose every feature is characterized by nobility,


O adorable Face, contemplated by angels,


O adorable Face, sweet delectation of the Saints,


O adorable Face, masterpiece of the Holy Ghost, in which the Eternal Father is well pleased,


O adorable Face, delight of Mary and Joseph,


O adorable Face, ineffable mirror of the Divine perfections,


O adorable Face, whose beauty is always ancient and always new,


O adorable Face, which appeasest the wrath of God,


O adorable Face, which makest the devils tremble,


O adorable Face, treasure of graces and of blessings,


O adorable Face, exposed in the desert to the inclemencies of the weather,


O adorable Face, scorched with the heat of the sun and bathed with sweat in Thy journeys,


O adorable Face, whose expression is all divine,


O adorable Face, whose modesty and sweetness attracted both the just and sinners,


O adorable Face, which gavest a holy kiss to the little children, after having blessed them,


O adorable Face, troubled and weeping at the tomb of Lazarus,


O adorable Face, brilliant as the sun, and radiant with glory on the Mountain of Tabor,


O adorable Face, sorrowful at the sight of Jerusalem, and shedding tears on that ungrateful city,


O adorable Face, bowed down to the earth, in the Garden of Olives, and covered with confusion for our sins,


O adorable Face, bathed in a bloody sweat,


O adorable Face, kissed by the traitor Judas,


O adorable Face, whose sanctity and majesty smote the soldiers with fear and cast them to the ground,


O adorable Face, struck by a vile servant, shamefully blindfolded, and profaned by the sacrilegious hands of Thine enemies,


O adorable Face, defiled with spittle, and bruised by innumerable buffets and blows,


O adorable Face, whose Divine look wounded the heart of Peter, with a dart of sorrow and love,


O adorable Face, humbled for us at the tribunals of Jerusalem,


O adorable Face, which didst preserve Thy serenity when Pilate pronounced the fatal sentence,


O adorable Face, covered with sweat and blood, and falling in the mire under the heavy weight of the Cross,


O adorable Face, worthy of all our respect, veneration and worship,


O adorable Face, wiped with a veil by a pious woman on the road to Calvary,


O adorable Face, raised on the instrument of most shameful punishment,


O adorable Face, whose brow was covered with Thorns,


O adorable Face, whose eyes were filled with tears of blood,


O adorable Face, into whose mouth was poured gall and vinegar,


O adorable Face, whose hair and beard were plucked out by the executioners,


O adorable Face, which was made like to that of a leper,


O adorable Face, whose incomparable beauty was obscured under the dreadful cloud of the sins of the world,


O adorable Face, covered with the sad shades of death,


O adorable Face, washed and anointed by Mary and the holy women and wrapped in a shroud,


O adorable Face, inclosed in the sepulchre,


O adorable Face, all resplendent with glory and beauty on the day of the Resurrection,


O adorable Face, all dazzling with light at the moment of Thy Ascension,


O adorable Face, hidden in the Eucharist,


O adorable Face, which will appear at the end of time, in the clouds, with great power and great majesty,


O adorable Face, which wilt cause sinners to tremble,


O adorable Face, which wilt fill the just with joy for all eternity,


Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.


V. The light of Thy Face has been shed upon us, O Lord;

R. Thou hast given joy to our hearts.


Let us pray,


Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty and merciful God, that whilst venerating the Face of Thy Christ, disfigured in the Passion because of our sins, we may merit to contemplate It shining forever in celestial glory. Amen.


The Golden Arrow


May the most holy, / most sacred, / most adorable, / most incomprehensible / and unutterable Name of God / be always praised, blessed, loved, / adored and glorified, / in Heaven, / on earth, / and under the earth, / by all the creatures of God, / and by the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ / in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. / Amen.

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