Prayer for priests & nuns


O Most Holy Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit, hear the prayers we offer for our priests and nuns. Let them know clearly the work that You are calling them to do. Grant them every grace to answer Your call with courage, love, and a lasting dedication to Your will. We ask Mary’s intercession as their loving mother. Amen.

O Jesus, our beloved Lord and Savior, hear our humble prayers on behalf of your priests and nuns. Give them a deep faith, a bright and firm hope, and a burning love which will constantly increase throughout the course of their holy life. In their loneliness, comfort them; In their sorrows, strengthen them; In their frustrations, point out to them that it is through suffering that the soul is purified and show them that they are needed by the Church, that they are needed by souls, that they are needed for the work of redemption. Amen.

O lovely Mother Mary, Mother of priests and nuns, take to your heart your sons and daughters who are close to you because of their higher calling and because of the power which they have received to carry on the work of Christ in a world which needs them so much. Be their comfort; be their joy; be their strength; and especially help them to live and defend the ideals of consecrated celibacy. Amen.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In addition to this lovely prayer, I strongly recommend that you offer the occasional mass for priests and nuns. I know that it is customary to offer masses for the souls in purgatory or for other intentions, However we should take into consideration the vital role that they (nuns and in particular the priesthood) fulfill. While it is easy, and in many cases understandable, to criticize the clergy of the Church (especially in our present era),
we should realize that their commitment to God places them under an extreme pressure, both due to their human nature and due to satan’s manipulations. Our prayers and sacrifices (in particular the most holy sacrifice of the mass) can make a difference!

peace be with you always

“O Holy Mother of God, pray for the priests your Son has chosen to serve the Church. Help them, by your intercession, to be holy, zealous, and chaste. Make them models of virtue in the service of God’s people. Help them be pious in meditation, efficacious in preaching and zealous in the daily offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Help them administer the Sacraments with joy. Amen.”

-St. Charles Borromeo