Priests have a unique role to play and we have great need of them. Who else is able to consecrate?
This is why it’s so important to turn to prayers that are specifically for priests like this “Prayer to St Joseph for Priests.”
Some of the Saints have stressed how important the priesthood is. For example, St Leonard of Port Maurice explains how through grace, priests have the power to bring the Son of God, from heaven to earth.
“What tongue, human or angelic, may ever describe a power so immeasurable as that exercised by the simplest priest in Mass? Who could ever have imagined that the voice of man, which by nature hath not the power even to raise a straw from the ground, should obtain through grace a power so stupendous as to bring from Heaven to earth the Son of God?”– St. Leonard of Port Maurice
St. Alphonsus Liguori says:
“The end for which God has instituted the priesthood has been to appoint on earth public persons to watch over the honor of his divine majesty, and to procure the salvation of souls.”
These priest have a special role and they need our prayers.
Why Do Priests Need Our Prayers?
Priests need our prayers because they are human beings, just like us, who battle with some of the same temptations. They sin just as we do, and are also in need of confession. Never believe a priest is too pious to understand our struggles.
Because priests are leaders, they need prayers for humility. However, zeal can exist, alongside humility. In fact, if priests place all their confidence in God, you will have popular priests, but not celebrity priests.
Last of all, priests need our prayers, because without good priests, the faithful will suffer. If a priest is lukewarm, the faithful will barely believe in the faith. We need our priests to offer the Mass and to give us absolution for our sins.
St Joseph is our spiritual father and we have recourse to him. Pray this prayer to St Joseph for Priests for the priests at your parish and all over the world.
Prayer to St. Joseph for Priests
O illustrious Patriarch St. Joseph, who carried the Infant Jesus in your blessed arms and who, during the space of thirty years, lived in the most intimate familiarity with Him, take under your powerful protection those whom He has clothed with His authority and honored with with the dignity of His priesthood, whom He has charged to continue His mission to preach His Gospel, and to dispense everywhere His graces and blessings. Sustain them in their fatigues and labors; console them in their pains; fortify them in their combats; but above all, keep far from them all the evils of sin.
Obtain for them the humility of St. John the Baptist, the faith of St. Peter, the zeal and charity of St. Paul, the purity of St. John and the spirit of prayer and recollection of which You, my dear Saint, are the model, so that, after having been on earth, the faithful dispensers of the Mysteries of your foster Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, they may in Heaven receive the recompense promised to pastors according to the Heart of God. Amen.