An anniversary!


43 years ago today, May 19, I was ordained a priest.  I can't think of anything else I would rather have done with my life than to serve in this ministry.  I wrote the prayer below seven years ago and I'd be grateful if you'd pray it for me, my classmates and for all priests, especially those who have served you.

A Prayer for Priests

Gracious God, loving Father,
font of every gift and good,
make of priests for us we pray:

men of faith, men of love,
humble servants of your Word,
prophets of your Spirit’s grace;

men of hope, men of peace,
strong defenders of the truth,
heralds of your holy gospel;

men of prayer, men of praise,
guardians of our sacred rites,
of the scriptures and tradition;

men of changelessness and change,
men who follow you each day,
when and where your Spirit leads;

men of tenderness and strength,
comfort for the sick and weary,
shepherds leading home the lost;

men of counsel, men of wisdom,
gentle guides for the confused,
lights along the darkened path;

men of mercy, patient men,
understanding and consoling
of the grieving and abused;

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

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

men of holiness and joy,
men anointed by your grace,
men ordained to serve as Christ.

Make us one with them in faith
and in Christ your only Son
in whose holy name we pray.


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1 comment:

  1. Congratulations Father on your 43 years. I hope you continue on many more years, including the writing. I now have a few ladies in my bible study group and a sister reading your daily prayers and comments. God bless you!


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