O Jesus, our great High Priest,
Hear my humble prayers
on behalf of your priest, Father [N].
Give him a deep faith,
a bright and firm hope
and a burning love
ever increase in the course of his priestly life.
In his loneliness,
comfort him In his sorrows,
strengthen him In his frustrations,
point out to him that it is through suffering that the soul
and show him that he is needed by the Church,
he is needed by souls,
he is needed for the work of redemption.
O loving Mother Mary,
Mother of Priests,
take to your heart your son
who is close to you because of his priestly ordination,
and because of the power
which he has received to carry on the work of Christ
in a world which needs him so much.
Be his comfort, be his joy, be his strength,
and especially help him to live
and to defend the ideals of consecrated celibacy.
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Before the closing of the day,
Creator, we Thee humbly pray,
That, for Thy wonted mercy's sake,
Thou us under protection take.
May nothing in our minds excite
Vain dreams and phantoms of the night;
Our enemies repress, that so
Our bodies no uncleanness know.
In this, most gracious Father, hear,
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