Prayer for Vocations by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
O Father, raise up among Christians abundant and holy vocations to the priesthood, who keep the faith alive and guard the blessed memory of Your Son Jesus through the preaching of His word and the administration of the Sacraments, with which You continually renew Your faithful. Grant us holy ministers of Your altar, who are careful and fervent guardians of the Eucharist, the sacrament of the supreme gift of Christ for the redemption of the world. Call ministers of Your mercy, who, through the sacrament of Reconciliation, spread the joy of Your forgiveness. Grant, O Father, that the Church may welcome with joy the numerous inspirations of the Spirit of Your Son and, docile to His teachings, may she care for vocations to the ministerial priesthood and to the consecrated life. Sustain the Bishops, priests and deacons, consecrated men and women, and all the baptised in Christ, so that they may faithfully fulfil their mission at the service of the Gospel. This we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Mary, Queen of Apostles, pray for us……………BENEDICT XVI
Prayer to the Virgin Mary for Priests (St John Paul II)
O Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ and Mother of priests,
accept this title which we bestow on you
to celebrate your motherhood
and to contemplate with you the priesthood
of, your Son and of your sons, O holy Mother of God.
O Mother of Christ, to the Messiah-priest you gave a body of flesh
through the anointing of the Holy Spirit
for the salvation of the poor and the contrite of heart;
guard priests in your heart and in the Church, O Mother of the Saviour.
O Mother of Faith, you accompanied to the Temple the Son of Man,
the fulfillment of the promises given to the fathers;
give to the Father for His glory the priests of your Son,
O Ark of the Covenant.
O Mother of the Church, in the midst of the disciples in the upper room
you prayed to the Spirit for the new people and their shepherds;
obtain for the Order of Presbyters a full measure of gifts,
O Queen of the Apostles.
O Mother of Jesus Christ, you were with Him at the beginning
of his life and mission,
you sought the Master among the crowd,
you stood beside him when He was lifted up from the earth
consumed as the one eternal sacrifice,
and you had John, your son, near at hand;
accept from the beginning those who have been called,
protect their growth, in their life ministry accompany your sons,
O Mother of Priests.