Fr. Gerard was born in France and
entered the Oblates of Mary Immaculate at twenty. He was ordained in
Africa, where he worked among the Zulu people. In 1862 he went to
where he spent the rest of his life with the Basutho people. A
local Catholic church bears witness to his life and work. He died on
29, 1914 and was declared Blessed on September 14, 1988 by John Paul
there are many priests in trouble or who are troubled by the problems
the modern Church. Most of us have our complaints as well, but we have
little or no authority as lay persons and can do nothing. As
we find ourselves all too often as pariahs, even by good priests who
know better but do not seem to know what to do as they are caught
the proverbial rock and hard place.
is time to pray for priests in earnest, beyond our regular daily
to God for a particular priest here and there. Thus, we are honoring
Fr. Joseph Gerard, O.M.I., South African Missionary, whose Feast
Day is May 29, and who was known not only for his untiring work among
sick and poor, but for his exemplary prayer life. Let us imitate him
be ambassadors before the Court of the Lord, sendingup our entreaties
to Heaven on behalf of the
souls of priests, especially those priests we know who appear weak in
faith and subject to falling prey to whatever ill wind blows through
Church. Let us pray for our priests and the seminarians coming after
Novena For Blessed Joseph
Father, in Heaven, we thank you for
the abundance of Your bless ings in the life of of Joseph Gerard. Keep
us faithful to his example and make us messengers of Your Word, so that
the Good News of Our Savior Jesus Christ may be heard and heeded in our
world today. In Your bounty grant to us the special grace we ask, as we
pray through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for Priests
O Jesus, Great King, Good Shepherd,
Eternal Prelate, Thou hast given to Thy servants a royal priesthood,
Thy priests. Let Thy almighty love surround them and preserve them from
Remember O Heart of Jesus, they are
the object of Satan's deadliest snares. Keep them in the safe citadel
Thy Sacred Heart. There let them be sanctified.
May they be one with Thee, and one
among themselves. Bless their labors with abundant fruit and may they
whom they have ministered be their joy here and hereafter their eternal
JESUS, Eternal Priest, keep all Thy priests within the shelter of Thy
Heart, where none may harm them.
unstained their anointed hands which daily touch Thy Sacred Body. Keep
unsullied their lips purpled with Thy Precious Blood.
pure and unearthly their hearts sealed with the sublime marks of Thy
Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for them; obtain for us holy priests.
Prayer for Priests
MY GOD, poor, weak and miserable as I am, I have come to spend this
alone with You, in reparation for the priests who have forgotten that
are Your chosen souls. Especially, dear God, do I offer this holy hour
for the priest who at the moment needs it most. In praying for
souls, help me to remember my own utter weakness, misery and
Were it not for Your grace, I would be far worse than those for whom I
MY GOD, help those priests who are faithful, to remain faithful; to
who are falling, stretch forth Thy Divine Hand that they may grasp it
as their support. And for those unfortunate souls who have fallen, lift
them up in the great ocean of Your Mercy, that being egulfed therin.
may receive the grace, to return to Your Great Loving Heart. Amen.
OBSTAT and IMPRIMATUR
The Rosary for Priests
is said with the regular beads, using the Sorrowful Mysteries, whatever
day it is prayed.
intention for the decades dedicated
to priests are below.
IN THE GARDEN
fall asleep; Jesus sweats Blood at the thought of His coming passion
death; angels come to comfort Him.
We pray that
all priests who are suffering and on the way to Calvary may be
by God's presence; those who have betrayed or denied the Faith through
weakness may repent and return to the grace of God.
is cruelly scourged and beaten by the soldiers.
We pray for
priests who are persecuted, physically, or mentally abused; those who
imprisoned or prevented from offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass or
receiving Holy Communion. We pray for those priests living under
CROWNED WITH THORNS
is mocked as king and His precious Head is cruelly pierced by thorns.
<>We pray for
priests who suffer for defending the authentic Catholic doctrine. We
all Bishops will uphold the true teachings of the Catholic Church and
temptations to compromise doctrine in the face of cultural and social
bleeding, and exhausted, Jesus is forced to drag Himself and His cross
up the Hill to Calvary.
We pray for
all priests with heavy crosses; those who are weak, lonely, or have
from God's grace in some way. We pray for the Holy Father, who perhaps
has the heaviest of crosses: the widespread persecution and abandonment
of the Church from within and without.
ON THE CROSS
sheds His last drops of Precious Blood to redeemus from sin and death.
We pray for
all priests who are in their last agony and those who will die today.
pray for those who thirst for the salvation of souls. We pray that
may take Mary into their hearts, as St. John the Apostle, one of the
priests, took Mary into his home.
Heart of Jesus: we renew our love and loyalty to Thee. Keep us always
to Thy loving heart and to the most pure heart of Thy Mother.