"Now more than ever the clergy need to be men of more than ordinary virtue, virtue that is a shining example, eager, active, ever ready to do great things for Christ and to suffer much."
-- St. Pope Pius X (To the Catholic Clergy on Priestly Sanctity)
Novena for Those Preparing for Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood
Heavenly Father, source of all fatherhood on earth, we humbly beseech you to abundantly bless N..., you have called to the share in the sacred priesthood of your Son. By the power of the Holy Spirit, they will be configured to Christ the one High Priest and thus be your instrument for the salvation of the world: “This is my body, which will be given up for you.”
Through their total gift of self in celibacy, inspire N... to perfectly imitate Jesus and to lay down their lives for His Bride, the Church. Thus may they bear witness that God must be loved above all things. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Holy Mary, Mother of priests, pray for us!