Lord Jesus, present in the most blessed sacrament,
and living perpetually among us through your priests,
grant that the words of your priests may be only your words,
that their gestures be only your gestures,
and that their lives be a true reflection of your life.
Grant that they may be men who speak to God on behalf of his people,
and speak to his people of God.
Grant that they be courageous in service,
serving the church as she asks to be served.
Grant that they may be men who witness to eternity in our time,
traveling on the paths of history in your steps,
and doing good for all.
Grant that they may be faithful to their commitments,
zealous in their vocation and mission,
clear mirrors of their own identity,
and living the joy of the gift they have received.
We pray that your holy mother, Mary,
present throughout your life,
may be ever present in the life of your priests.