Prayer for the Year for Priests (Filipino and English)
Prayer for the Year for Priests
A translation of the prayer of His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI before the relic of the heart of Saint John Vianney
on the occasion of the Inauguration of the Year for Priests, June 19, 2009
you willed to give to your Church
in Saint John Mary Vianney,
a most moving image of your pastoral charity;
grant that, together with him and following his example,
we may celebrate to the fullest
this Year for Priests.
sustained like him before the Eucharist,
we may be able to impart with the same simplicity,
your word that it teaches us everyday;
to possess the same charity
with which he accompanied repentant sinners,
consoled by a trusting abandon to your Immaculate Mother.
Grant, O Lord,
that through the intercession of the Holy Cure of Ars
the Christian family may truly be a “little Church”
able to welcome and nourish all the vocations and charisms
imparted by the Spirit.
Lord Jesus, enable all of us
to say with the same ardent love
the words which the Holy Parish Priest himself
often addressed to you:
“I love you, O my God,
and my only desire is to love you
until the last breath of my life.
I love you, O my infinitely lovable God,
and I would rather die loving you,
that live a single moment without loving you.”
I love you Lord,
and the only grace I ask of you,
is to love you for eternity.
O my God,
if my tongue cannot always say that I love you
allow my heart to repeat it to you as often as I draw breath.
I love you, O Divine Savior,
because you were crucified for me,
and now you hold me here, crucified with you.
O my God,
grant me the grace to die loving you,
and knowing that I love you.”