Friday, June 19, 2009

Year for Priests begins today

Today is the beginning of the special "Year for Priests" coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the death of St. John Vianney.

Information from the Vatican website here, and from the USCCB here.

The priesthood has suffered in the recent past, by the horrible actions of some priests who by their scandalous behavior brought unjust suspicion and contempt on all their brothers. This year gives us an opportunity to give our good priests the one thing they most greatly need from us: prayer.

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, we commend to Your most loving care all of our priests. Strengthen, we beg You, the good priests in their efforts to serve You faithfully; call those who have failed You to true repentance and a new commitment to the vocation which it has pleased You to give them. Remind us, the laity, O gracious Lord, of our duty to support with prayer and sacrifice the men You have called to serve You at Your holy altar. Through the intercession of St. John Vianny we ask You to keep Your priests always close to Your loving Heart. Amen.

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