Praying for our Priests

The following is an excerpt from Praying for Our Priests regarding the use of the Stations of the Cross to pray for our parish priests:

It is not possible for any lay person, male or female, to grasp or comprehend fully the sublime vocation to the Sacred Priesthood of Jesus Christ or what it means to live out this calling. Each of us, in a very real sense, is called to live our lives walking with Jesus up the hill of Calvary. But it is a deep reality – a deep and sacred reality - that those ordained to the priesthood will, “in persona Christi,” lay down their lives for others. We, as laity, can never enter fully into the mystery of the life of a priest, but we might, on occasion, discover a “window” through which we catch a glimpse or gain a little deeper understanding of his life as he lives it on the road to Calvary with Jesus.

For the next several weeks, short Stations of the Cross meditations will be offered for our parish priests.

The Way of the Cross

Lord Jesus Christ, You entrusted Your Church to the apostles, Your first priests, and willed that they and those who would follow after them should take up their Cross and follow You. To this day, this sacrificial nature of Your Holy Priesthood remains unchanged. Grant, O Lord, that, through the merits of these prayers and meditations on Your passion and death, Your priests may come to love You more deeply and follow You more faithfully. We ask this through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, the first to make this Way of the Cross with You. Amen.

More resources for how to pray for our priests are available at: www.prayingforourpriests.org