Thursday, March 22, 2012

A Prayer for Our New Bishop

Fr. Z posted this prayer the other day, and asked that it be prayed for him now and then, or for another priest…any priest!

May I suggest that, here in the Diocese of Baker, we pray it for our Bishop-Elect Fr. Liam Cary?


Saint Joseph,
I present to you this day
Father N., priest of Jesus Christ,
and beg you to be to him
advocate and defender,
counselor and friend.
Open your heart to him
as you opened your home 

to the Virgin Mother in her hour of need.
Protect his holy priesthood
as you protected the life of the Infant Christ
threatened by cruel Herod.
In darkness bring him light;
in weakness, strength, and in fear 

the peace that passes understanding.
For the sake of the tender love 

that bound you to the Virgin Mary 
and the Infant Christ,
be for him, Saint Joseph, 

a constant intercessor and a shield 
against every danger of body, mind, and soul
so that, in spite of his weaknesses and sins,
his priesthood may bring glory to Christ
and serve to increase the beauty of holiness
in his bride the Church.

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