Pause for Prayer: TUESDAY 5/19

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(I invite you to celebrate with me today the 42nd anniversary of my ordination as a priest and to pray for my classmates and me and for all who are celebrating ordination anniversaries this spring.)

A Prayer for Priests

Gracious God, loving Father,
font of every gift and grace,
make our priests for us, we pray:
men of faith and sacrifice,
humble servants of your Word,
prophets of your Spirit’s power;

men of hopefulness and peace,
loyal heralds of the gospel,
strong defenders of the truth;

men of scripture and tradition, 
faithful preachers of the Word,
its comfort and its challenge;

men of prayer and grateful praise,
servants of your table
where we gather in communion;

men of custom and of change,
bound to follow day by day
where your Spirit calls and leads...

men of tenderness and strength,
shepherds leading home the lost,
caring for the poor and sick;

men of counsel and discernment,
trusted guides along our way,
shining light on darkened paths...

men of patience and of mercy,
offering healing consolation
for the grieving and abused;

men of justice and compassion,
reconciling and forgiving,
granting pardon in your name;

men of sacrifice and honor,
single minded in your service,
set apart to do your will;

men of holiness and joy,
anointed by your grace,
ordained to preach the Cross.
Make us one with them in faith
and in Christ your only Son,
in whose holy name we pray.



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  1. Happy 42nd Anniversary, Dear Padre!! Much blessings of joy and thanks for your faithful and loving service to all of God's people!!!

  2. Congratulations on the 42d anniversary of your ordination, Austin. We are so blessed to have you as our pastor and for the blog world to have you as its virtual pastor.



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