Friday, April 18, 2014


Holy Thursday,  Special Day for Priests

"Pray for your Shepherds!"

Holy Thursday,  A Day for Priests
On this day, a special Mass is celebrated, all the priests of a diocese in one place.  By coming and enjoying this liturgy together they may grow in their bond with each other and their bishop, and of course, with Our Lord.
Our Lord and Our Lady know how hard it is to be a Holy Priest and have exhorted their followers to pray for priests.  Today, could we revive our undertaking to pray for priests regularly?

The following prayer was published by Father Peter John Cameron, O.P. in the current issue of MagnificatI think it is appropriate every day of the year!  Jeanne
Prayer for Priests

Divine Savior Jesus Christ, who has entrusted the whole work of your redemption, the welfare and salvation of the world, to priests as your representatives, through the hands of your most holy Mother and for the sanctification of your priests and candidates for the priesthood, I offer you this present day wholly and entirely, with all its prayers, works, joys, sacrifices, and sorrows. Give us truly holy priests who, inflamed with the fire of your divine love, seek, nothing but your greater glory and the salvation of our souls.
And you, Mary, good Mother of priests, protect all priests in the dangers of their holy vocation and, with the loving hand of a Mother, also lead back to the Good Shepherd those poor priests who have become unfaithful to their exalted vocation and have gone astray. Amen.
Magnificat Holy Week 2014 - Vol. 16, No. 1

"Christ the Good Shepherd" Bartolome Esteban Murillo (1617 - 1682)

 "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring"  J. S. Bach (1685 – 1750)
Directed by Leopold Stokowski (1882 - 1977)

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring, Holy Wisdom, Love most bright,
Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring, Soar to uncreated light.
Word of God, our flesh that fashioned, With the fire of life impassioned,
Striving still to truth unknown, Soaring, dying round Thy throne.

Through the way where hope is guiding, Hark, what peaceful music rings,
Where the flock in Thee confiding, Drink of joy from deathless springs.
Theirs is beauty's fairest pleasure, Theirs is wisdom's holiest treasure.
Thou dost ever lead Thine own, In the love of joys unknown. 

Pray for Priests
Love, Jeanne