The Angel Gabriel announces to Mary, a virgin, that she will become the Mother of God, Word made Flesh. For all centuries to come, Jesus will become flesh in the Holy Eucharist to nourish us in a most intimate union with Him.
We pray for all priests and religious who daily, through the words of the consecration at Mass, and through Holy Communion, bring us the Body and Blood of Christ.
We pray for all future priests and religious now being formed in the wombs of their mothers, that they may be safe from physical and spiritual harm, and come to Life as God intends.
We pray for all future generations of priests and religious.
We pray also that they may treasure the gift of celibacy.
Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth, who recognizes Mary as the living tabernacle/or their Divine Lord.
We pray especially for priests and religious who bring Holy Communion to the sick, the shut-ins, and Viaticum to the dying.
We pray for all who minister to the sick in other ways, counsel, comfort and console them.
The Nativity of Jesus
Jesus is born in Bethlehem. The angels announce His birth; kings and shepherds come to adore Him.
We pray that all seminarians and novices grow in knowledge and love of God to become holy priests and religious.
We pray especially for those who will be ordained and professed soon, that they may remain faithful all their lives to the sublime privilege of being “other Christs” among us.
We pray that everyone will come to value the Eucharistic Feast as among God’s greatest gift to us. We pray that every servant will consider himself a member of the Holy Family, a true son of Mary and Joseph, and brother of Jesus, the great High Priest.
The Presentation in the Temple
Mary and Joseph, in obedience to the Law, bring Jesus to the temple to be dedicated to God. Simeon expresses his gratitude to God for revealing the Messiah to him before be dies.
We thank God for all priests and religious who, like Simeon, have given us decades of faithful service. We pray that they may be rewarded for their generosity and self-sacrifice.
We pray also for all whose hearts are pierced by loneliness, depression and rejection.
Finding Jesus in the Temple
Jesus is found, among the teachers in the temple; He returns home and is obedient to Mary and Joseph.
We pray that priests and religious will always be found going about their Father’s business, and will be obedient to the teaching magisterium of the Church, our Holy Father, and the bishops in communion with Him.
We pray for all that the love and dedication they experience in the first years of their service may increase with time.
We pray for all who teach the Faith to children and adults.
The Agony in the Garden
The Apostles fall asleep; Jesus sweats blood at the thought of His coming passion and death; angels come to comfort Him.
We pray that all priests and religious who are suffering and on the way to Calvary, may be comforted by God’s presence; those who have betray or denied the Faith through weakness may repent and return to the warmth of God’s love.
We pray that all may live only to do our Father’s will, as Jesus always did.
Jesus is Scourged
Jesus is cruelly scourged and beaten by the soldiers.
We pray for priests and religious who are persecuted, physically or mentally abused; those who are imprisoned or prevented from serving the Lord.
We pray for those living under Communist oppression.
Jesus is Crowned with Thorns
Jesus is mocked as king and His precious Head is cruelly pierced by thorns.
We pray for priests and religious who suffer for defending authentic Catholic doctrine.
We pray that all leaders will uphold the true teachings of the Catholic Church, and resist temptations to compromise doctrine in the face of cultural and social pressures.
Jesus Carries His Cross
Bruised, bleeding, and exhausted, Jesus is forced to drag Himself and His cross up the hill of Calvary.
We pray for all with heavy crosses; those who are weak, lonely, or have fallen 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.
Jesus Dies on the Cross
Jesus sheds His last drops of Precious Blood to redeem us from sin and death.
We pray for all priests and religious who are in their last agony and those who will die today. We pray for those who thirst for the salvation of souls.
We pray that the crucifixion of their wills may accomplish God’s designs for the salvation of the whole world.
We pray that they may take Mary into their hearts, as St. John the Apostle, one of the first priests, took Mary into his home.
THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES
Jesus arises from the dead and appears to the Apostles.
At times, priests and religious may suffer from depression and despair that plague them when they see so little from their labors.
We pray that they will remember the Crucifixion is followed by the Resurrection; darkness is always followed by Light.
We pray that all may share the joy of the Risen Christ.
Jesus instructs His Apostles and returns to His Father in Heaven.
We pray that priests and religious may carry out Jesus’ instructions to evangelize the whole world, instructing and baptizing countless souls. We pray for missionaries who live lives of utter poverty and deprivation to bring the Gospel to all the people.
The Descent of the Holy Ghost
The Holy Ghost comes down upon the Apostles, who are gathered with Mary.
We pray that priests and religious may be open to the graces of the Holy Ghost, to strengthen them for the task of bringing souls to God and God to souls.
We pray that they be on fire to convert the most hardened sinners, and to bring God’s love to the whole world.
The Angel Gabriel announces to Mary, a virgin; that she will become the Mother of God, Word made Flesh. For all centuries to come, Jesus will become flesh in the Holy Eucharist, to nourish us in a most intimate union with Him.
We pray that priests and religious will be devoted to Mary, and find in her the love and comfort of a mother, the most powerful intercession of our greatest Saint, and the surest refuge against Satan and his cohorts who seek destruction of their service.
Mary is crowned Queen of Heaven and earth; she is rewarded for her faithfulness to God.
We pray that Mary, Queen of the Clergy and Religious, will be their model of faith and joy, and constant guide until they reach Heaven where a crown, jeweled with the many souls entrusted to them on the day of their commitment, will be their reward for faithful and loving service.