"What joy and consolation will it not be for a mother in heaven to see her son in all the splendor of his priestly dignity, vested in the insignia of the priesthood, raised to a wonderful height of heavenly majesty!"
-- The Christian Mother, The Education of Her Children and Her Prayer (Rev. W. Cramer)
Prayer to Obtain for a Child a Vocation to the Priesthood
Divine Savior, how great is Thy desire for the salvation of men, and how great is Thy desire, therefore, for holy priests. To this end Thou dost admonish us to pray, saying: "Pray the Lord of the harvest, that He may send workmen into His vineyard."O Jesus! Would I be mindful of these words if I had no desire to see a son of mine a priest?
I beseech Thee, therefore, O Lord, if it be not contrary to Thy holy decrees, inspire my son with a holy desire to work for the salvation of souls in the priesthood, and receive him among the number of Thy sacred ministers."Thou directest the hearts of men like rivers of water." Thou didst change a persecuting Saul into an Apostle Paul. With thee all things are possible. Show then, O most powerful God, the power of Thy Grace.
Grant my petitions, O Lord. I know and confess that I am unworthy of so great a grace; but Thou art rich in graces, even unto those who are not worthy of them. Show Thyself merciful also unto me! If I may hope that my request shall be granted, I will endeavor to the utmost to lead my son, blessed and enriched with so sublime a vocation, into the acquirement of the true fear of God and piety, that he may become a worthy minister at the altar. Amen.
And ye, happy mothers in heaven, who have had the grace and consolation of giving worthy priests to holy Church, assist my unworthy prayer with the power of your intercession. Amen.