The rosary is being prayed at 84 shrines in 46 countries for a period of 24 hours today. In 2002, Pope John Paul II announced a special annual World Priest Day, a day of prayer for the sanctification of priests which would be on the Feast of the Sacred Heart. Marion Mulhall received a message while in Adoration in January 1994 to promote this movement.
His Holiness Benedict XVI's Prayer for Priests
LORD JESUS CHRIST,
eternal High Priest, you offered yourself to the
Father on the altar of the Cross and through the
outpouring of the Holy Spirit gave your priestly
people a share in your redeeming sacrifice.
Hear our prayer for the sanctification of our priests.
Grant that all who are ordained to the ministerial
priesthood may be ever more conformed to you,
the divine Master. May they preach the
Gospel with pure heart and clear conscience.
Let them be shepherds according to your own Heart,
single- minded in service to you and to the Church
and shining examples of a holy,simple and joyful life.
Through the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
your Mother and ours,draw all priests and the flocks
entrusted to their care to the fullness of eternal life where
you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
BENEDICTUS PP. XVI
His Holiness Benedict XVI's Prayer for Priests
(specially composed for Worldpriest)
To be prayed at any time though especially for the Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests as each country passes on the mystery of the Rosary to the next location the connecting link will be the Holy Fathers prayer.
Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven,
God, the Son, Redeemer of the World,
God, the Holy Ghost,
Holy Trinity, one God,
Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father,
Heart of Jesus, formed in the womb of the Virgin Mother by the Holy Ghost,
Heart of Jesus, united substantially with the word of God,
Heart of Jesus, of infinite majesty,
Heart of Jesus, holy temple of God,
Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High,
Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of heaven,
Heart of Jesus, glowing furnace of charity,
Heart of Jesus, vessel of justice and love,
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love,
Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues,
Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise,
Heart of Jesus, king and center of all hearts,
Heart of Jesus, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,
Heart of Jesus, in whom dwelleth all the fullness of the Divinity,
Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father is well pleased,
Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received,
Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills,
Heart of Jesus, patient and rich in mercy,
Heart of Jesus, rich to all who invoke Thee,
Heart of Jesus, fount of life and holiness,
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins,
Heart of Jesus, saturated with revilings,
Heart of Jesus, crushed for our iniquities,
Heart of Jesus, made obedient unto death,
Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance,
Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation,
Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection,
Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation,
Heart of Jesus, victim for our sins,
Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who hope in Thee,
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in Thee,
Heart of Jesus, delight of all saints,
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, (spare us, O Lord.)
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, (graciously hear us, O Lord.)
Lamb of God who takest away the sins of the world, (have mercy on us.)
Jesus, meek and humble of Heart. (Make our hearts like unto Thine.)
Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting God, look upon the Heart of Thy well-beloved Son and upon the acts of praise and satisfaction which He renders unto Thee in the name of sinners; and do Thou, in Thy great goodness, grant pardon to them who seek Thy mercy, in the name of the same Thy Son, Jesus Christ, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, world without end. (Amen.)
O Lord, you promised that if I build my life on the rock of your word, I will stand fast. And yet, there are times when waves of trouble and anguish seem ready to overwhelm me. In those moments of distress, strengthen me to pick up my tools again and keep building as you command.
When I feel alone and afraid, help me hold fast to your promises. When fear and worry threaten to sweep away my house, help me shore up its foundations by not being anxious about tomorrow (Matthew 6:34). Let your words of love sink into my weary heart to renew me and ward off despair and self-pity.
My God, whenever the winds blow, remind me to plead with you, using the very words you inspired. “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I walk about mournfully because the enemy oppresses me?” (Psalm 42:9). Remind me to comfort my soul with the prayer of your psalmist: “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God” (42:5-6).
O Eternal Word, you are with me and in me! I need never feel empty, for you fill my house to overflowing with your presence, your peace, and your love. I need never give in to fear, for you are faithful, and your deeds are marvelous. I need never submit to weakness, for your grace can make me strong.
Lord, I believe that as I walk by the light of your word, all gloom will vanish, and my spirit will be refreshed. So let the rains fall. Let the floods come. Let the winds blow and beat upon my house! It will stand and not crumble, for it is built on you, who are my Rock!
“Come, let us sing to the Lord and shout with joy to the rock who saves us! Let us praise the truthfulness, fidelity, and magnificence of our God! Come, let us lift up our heads and join in the chorus of saints and angels who stand before his throne. Let us make Mary’s words of praise our own: ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!’ (Luke1:46-47), Let us build on and with the living Word of God!"
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