Sacred Heart Prayer for Priests

I photographed this painting of the Sacred Heart in the church of St. Mary Magdalene today (previous post about that church here), and as I looked through the blog archives I came across the following prayer, which I posted last year. A good prayer to say during this Month of the Sacred Heart!

SACRED HEART PRAYER FOR PRIESTS

O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep Father _____ and all Your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart, where none may harm 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 unworldly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of Your glorious 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 here below be their joy and consolation, and in Heaven their everlasting crown. Amen.

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