Said on Wednesdays,
and the Sundays from Easter until Advent.
“Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.’” (Mt 28:5b-6)
Jesus arises from the dead and appears to the Apostles.
At times, priests may suffer from depression and despair that plague them when they see so little from their labors. We pray that priests will remember: the Crucifixion is followed by the Resurrection; darkness is always followed by Light. We pray that the crucifixion of their wills may accomplish God’s designs for the salvation of the whole world. We pray that all priests may share the joy of the Risen Christ.
“So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God.”(Mk 16:19)
Jesus instructs His Apostles and returns to His Father in Heaven.
We pray that priests may carry out Jesus’ instructions to evangelize the whole world, instructing and baptizing countless souls. We pray for missionaries who live lives of utter poverty and deprivation to bring the Gospel to all the people.
The Descent of theHoly Spirit
“There came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind. … There appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:2, 4)
The Holy Spirit comes down upon the Apostles, who are gathered with Mary.
We pray that priests may be open to the graces of the Holy Spirit to strengthen them for the task of bringing souls to God and God to souls. We pray that they may be on fire to convert the most hardened sinners, and to bring God’s love to the whole world.
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; / my spirit rejoices in God my savior… / all ages [will] call me blessed. / The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.” (Lk 1:46-49)
Mary is taken, body and soul, to Heaven. While she was on earth, she loved and prayed for the Apostles, the first priests.
We pray that priests will be devoted to Mary and find in her the love and comfort of a mother, the most powerful intercession of our greatest Saint, and the surest refuge against Satan and his cohorts who seek destruction of priests and the priesthood.
“A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.” (Rev 12:1)
Mary is crowned Queen of Heaven and earth; she is rewarded for her faithfulness to God.
We pray that Mary, Queen of the Clergy, will be their model of faith and joy, and constant guide until they reach Heaven where a crown, jeweled with the many souls entrusted to them on the day of Ordination, will be their reward for faithful and loving service.