O Almighty Eternal God,
look upon the face of Thy Christ,
and for the love of Him who is the Eternal High Priest,
have pity on Thy priests.
Remember, O most compassionate God,
that they are but weak and frail human beings.
Stir up in them the grace of their vocation
which is in them by the imposition of the bishop’s hands.
Keep them close to Thee,
lest the Enemy prevail against them,
so that they may never do anything i
n the slightest degree unworthy of their sublime vocation.
O Jesus, I pray to Thee
for Thy faithful and fervent priests;
for Thy unfaithful and tepid priests;
for Thy priests labouring at home
or abroad in distant mission fields;
for Thy tempted priests;
for Thy lonely and desolate priests;
for Thy young priests;
for Thy aged priests;
for Thy sick priests,
for Thy dying priests;
for the souls of Thy priests in Purgatory.
But above all I commend to Thee the priests dearest to me;
the priest who baptized me;
the priests who absolved me from my sins;
the priests at whose Masses I assisted,
and who gave me Thy Body and Blood in Holy Communion;
the priests who taught and instructed me,
or helped and encouraged me;
all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way,
particularly Father N.
keep them all close to Thy Heart,
and bless them abundantly
in time and in eternity.
+Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, 6 September 2018