25 June 2011

Grab your rosary and rally in prayer for priests

The Worldpriest Apostolate will sponsor the second Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests beginning June 30th and continuning into July 1st.

The relay consists of the recitation of subsequent mysteries of the rosary in churches in 35 countries, with various shrines, as it were, passing on the baton at the conclusion of their recitation of the rosary to another shrine in a different country.

It is a clever and interesting idea and one that has caught the attention of the His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.  He has even composed a prayer to be used this year:
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, simply 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. Amen.
For more information, see this brief article from Zenit or visit the web site of the rosary rally.

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