O Holy Priest of Ars, a witness of your life made this magnificent praise of you:
‘We would have taken him for an angel in a mortal body.”
You so edified others: the modesty and the exquisite purity radiated from your body. With such charm and with such enthusiasm you preached to others about these beautiful virtues which you said resembled the perfume of a vineyard in bloom.
Please, I beg you to join your entreaties to those of Mary Immaculate and Saint Philomena in order that our priests will be guarded always with purity of heart. You, who have directed so many souls towards the heights of virtue, defend our priests and obtain for them the strength to conquer their temptations.
Holy Priest of Ars, I have confidence in your intercession. I pray for our priests during this novena especially for … (mention silently your special intentions).
Read Chapter 16 of the Gospel of John and then pray:
Ave Maris Stella
Hail, Star of the sea! Blessed Mother of God, yet ever a virgin! O
happy gate of heaven!
Thou that didst receive the Ave from Gabriel’s lips, confirm us in
peace, and so let Eva be changed into an Ave of blessing for us.
Loose the sinner’s chains, bring light to the blind, drive from us
our evils, and ask all good things for us.
Show thyself a mother, and offer our prayers to him, who would be
born of thee, when born for us.
O incomparable Virgin, and meekest of the meek, obtain us the
forgiveness of our sins, and make us meek and chaste.
Obtain us purity of life, and a safe pilgrimage; that we may be
united with thee in the blissful vision of Jesus.
Praise be to God the Father and to the Lord Jesus, and to the Holy
Spirit: to the Three one self-same praise. Amen.
Holy Mary, intercede for your priests.
St. Joseph, protect our priests.
St. Michael, defend our priests.
St John Vianney, Patron of Priests, pray for our priests.
O Holy Spirit, Soul of my soul, I adore Thee. Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me. Establish my soul in Truth…O Holy Spirit come into my life through Mary. Renew and invigorate our priests. Sanctify all our priests.