O Lord, grant unto Thy Church saintly priests and fervent religious.
O Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for us; obtain for us many and holy priests. (Raccolta)
O God, who hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son to be the eternal High Priest for the glory of Thy Majesty and the salvation of mankind; grant that they whom He hath chosen to be His ministers and the stewards of His mysteries, may be found faithful in the fulfilment of the ministry which they have received. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. (Roman Missal)
O Lord, we give Thee thanks for the work of Thy priests, who administer the sacraments to us, and uphold the traditional discipline and worship of the Holy Roman Church. We honour the English Martyrs, who spent their lives, liberty and possessions, in the support of the true faith, the priesthood, and the Holy Mass. Through their prayers, and through the intercession of Our Lady Mother of Good Counsel, and of all the saints, we beseech Thee to help us; that we may never cease to pray for Thy priests, and to support them with the temporal goods of which they stand so much in need. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
O Jesus, I pray 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 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;
And all priests to whom I am indebted in any other way.
O Jesus, keep them close to thy heart and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity.
(St Thérèse of Lisieux 1873 – 1897)