A Prayer for Priests

Oh, Jesus, eternal Priest, keep your priests
within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart,
where none may touch them.

Keep unstained their anointed hands,
which daily touch Your Sacred Body.
Keep unsullied their lips daily
purpled with your Precious Blood.
Keep pure and unearthly their hearts,
sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood.

Let your holy love surround them and
shield them from the world’s contagion.

Bless their labors with abundant fruit
and may the souls to whom they
minister be their joy and consolation
here and in heaven, their beautiful
and everlasting crown. Amen