Jesus Christ is risen! We sing Alleluia!!
Here is the foundational truth of our faith. Jesus has broken the power of death, reconciled God and mankind, and opened for all the gates of Heaven.
We pray that all priests who suffer through painful trials will unite themselves to the suffering Christ that they may come to know with Him the light and joy of the Resurrection.
We pray that all priests will celebrate the Resurrection with Easter joy every Sunday
If the truth of the Resurrection is the foundation of our faith, the Ascension is surely the basis for our hope.
Jesus came to show a lost and fallen humanity the way to the Father. Now, as He returns to the Father, he takes our restored humanity with him, leaving his apostles with the instructions to carry the Gospel into the whole world, making disciples of all the nations and baptizing in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.12 To this very day,Â every priest is ordained and sent for this same purpose.
We pray for all priests as they open the doors of salvation to countless souls through the saving waters of Baptism.
We pray for the safety and protection of all priests, especially missionary priests who carry the Gospel message into dangerous and sometimes violent areas of the world.
We lift up, in a special way, those priests who will shed their blood for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Descent of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit descends in tongues of fire on the apostles, filling them with the love of God, sanctifying them and empowering them to go forth to announce and explain the Word of God with authority.13 In a similar way, the Holy Spirit descends on every priest at his ordination to remain with him for all time in his ministry to the people of God.
We pray for all priests as they prepare souls for a new infilling of the Holy Spirit at Confirmation.
We pray that every priest might prayerfully beg for the gifts of the Holy Spirit and seek opportunities to gather with his brother priests and the faithful to pray, to praise God, and to call forth the gifts of the Holy Spirit to help build up the Body of Christ.
Mary is assumed, body and soul into Heaven.
The language of true love – the PROOF of true love – is sacrifice. Like Her crucified Son who sacrificed all to redeem us, Mary has sacrificed Her entire life to God. And when, at the foot of the cross, Jesus said to Her, â€œWoman, behold, your son,â€14 She took into her heart not just John, but all of humanity and, in a special way, every priest for all time and eternity.
We pray that every priest will cherish deeply his filial relationship with Mary, that he will love Her, turn to Her in all his needs, spread devotion to Her, and at last commend himself into Her maternal arms at the hour of his death
Mary, most humble of all Godâ€™s children, is crowned Queen. She is exalted forever over every creature in the heavens above and on earth below!
As Queen and Mother of all priests, Mary remains at the side of each of Her sons throughout his life of ministry, guiding, inspiring, and exhorting him, and interceding for him before the throne of God.
We pray for the holiness and fidelity of every priest from the day of his ordination toÂ the day he, too, enters eternity where he may take his place with Mary and the entire Communion of Saints to experience forever the incomprehensible love of God. â€œDeus meus et omniaâ€¦my God and my all!â€
1 Hebrews 7:17 (NAB*)
2 Luke 2:25 (NAB)
3 Luke 2:34 (NAB)
4 Luke 2:52 (NAB)
5 Rosarium Virginis Mariae, 21
6 John 1:29 (NAB)
7 John 2:3 (NAB)
8 John 2:5 (NAB)
9 Mark 1:15 (NAB)
10 Luke 22:42 (RSVâ€ )
11 Isaiah 53:3,7 (RSV)
12 Matthew 28:19 (NAB)
13 Directory on the Ministry and Life of Priests, 9
14 John 19:26 (NAB)
New American Bible (NAB)
Revised Standard Version (RSV)