Thought for the Day – 27 March – Tuesday of Holy Week 2018
In many countries of the world, the Chrism Mass is celebrated separately today or tomorrow, together with the renewal of the local Priests’ vows. In my particular Diocese, this is so, therefore I hope you will join me in praying for all our priests.
“Dear brothers and sisters, each year the Chrism Mass exhorts us to return to that “yes” to the call of God which we pronounced on the day of our priestly ordination. “Adsum – here I am!”, we said like Isaiah, when he heard the voice of God, who asked him: “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?” “Here I am, send me!”, Isaiah replied (Isaiah 6:8). Then the Lord Himself, through the hands of the bishop, laid His hands upon us and we gave ourselves to His mission. Since then, we have travelled down various roads in following His call. Can we always claim what Paul, after years of a service of the Gospel that was often labourious and marked by sufferings of all kinds, wrote to the Corinthians: “Therefore, since we have this ministry through the mercy shown us, we are not discouraged” (2 Cor. 4:1)? “We are not discouraged.” Let us pray today that our zeal may always be rekindled, so that it is constantly fed by the living flame of the Gospel.”…Pope Benedict 20 March 2008
Let us pray:
LORD JESUS CHRIST,
Eternal High Priest, you offered yourself to the
Father on the altar of the Cross and through the
outpouring of the Holy Spirit gave your priestly
people a share in your redeeming sacrifice.
Hear our prayer for the sanctification of our priests.
Grant that all who are ordained to the ministerial
priesthood may be ever more conformed to you,
the divine Master. May they preach the
Gospel with pure heart and clear conscience.
Let them be shepherds according to your own Heart,
single- minded in service to you and to the Church
and shining examples of a holy,simple and joyful life.
Through the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
your Mother and ours,draw all priests and the flocks
entrusted to their care to the fullness of eternal life where
you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
BENEDICTUS PP. XVI
Holy Priest of God, Blessed Louis-Edouard Cestac, please pray for all our priests, amen.