Sunday Prayer for Priests:
Mother of our Redeemer, in this era dedicated to you, with great joy we call you blessed. You believed in the Word of God the Father and declared yourself His handmaid, and so through you the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us. We salute you as Mother of the Church. With what great love you must have watched over the infant Church and what motherly solicitude encouraged the Apostles as they committed themselves to carry on the work of Your Divine Son on earth. Make the Church ever to be the sign and instrument of intimate union with God.
To you, our mother, we entrust in a special way our bishop and the priests of our diocese. To them has been given a sharing in the priesthood of your Divine Son. He has chosen them to be ministers of His Word and sacrament. Ask Him to fill them with zeal, to keep them faithful and joyful in His service, bringing glory to the Father and honor to the Church.
Holy Mother, increase the ranks of our priests by inspiring our young people to be more generous in their response to Jesus in the priesthood and in religious life.