by the power of the Eucharist they celebrate.
May the Word they proclaim give them courage and wisdom.
May see in them the love and care of Jesus,
Our Eternal High Priest, who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen.
St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, pray for us all.
Grant it love and the light of Your Spirit
and give power to the words of priests
so that hardened hearts might be brought to repentance
and return to You, O Lord.
You Yourself maintain them in holiness.
O Divine and Great High Priest,
may the power of Your mercy accompany them everywhere and protect them
from the devil’s snares which are continually being set for the souls of priests.
May the power of Your mercy, O Lord,
shatter and bring to naught all that might tarnish the sanctity of priests,
for You can do all things.