Almighty God and Father,

In the mystery of your plan of salvation you have established the Church to be a sign and instrument of communion with you and of unity among all people.

You give us the gift of the ordained ministry to enable us to be all that you are calling us to be.  Through the sacramental ministry, the preaching of your Word, the shepherding of your people and the example of their lives, your priests continue to put before your people the presence of your Son as the head, shepherd and loving spouse of the Church.

We thank you for the gift of the priesthood and for the priests who serve your Church so faithfully. We pray that you would bless our priests with continued generosity, fidelity & courage.  

We ask you this through your Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

Amen.