O my God,
pour out in abundance Thy spirit
upon Thy priests.
It is both their glory
to become victims,
to be burnt up for souls,
to live without ordinary
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
I am, like the bread and wine,
no longer itself but by consecration
O my God, I burn with the 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 funcions,
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
a thirst for the Mass
and grant them, laden themselves with gifts,
to share these abundantly with their fellow-men.
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You expired, O Jesus,
but the source of life gushed forth for souls
and an ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world.
O Fount of Life,
unfathomable Divine Mercy,
envelop the whole world
and empty Yourself out upon us.
O Blood and Water,
which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus
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