The Kildare & Leighlin Diocesan Seminarians have arranged Evening Prayer for the priests of the diocese to mark the “Year for Priests”.

Evening Prayer

To mark the “Year of Priests” the diocesan seminarians are organising Evening Prayer for the priests of the diocese on Thursday 15th April 2010 at 7.30pm in St. Mary’s Oratory, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.

In conjunction with this evening, all parishoners are asked to remember our priests in their prayers.

A Prayer for Our Priests

You came from among us to be, for us, one who serves.
We thank you for ministering Christ to us and helping us
minister Christ to each other.

We are grateful for the many gifts you bring to our community;
for drawing us together in worship, for visiting our homes,
for comforting us in sickness, for showing us compassion,
for blessing our marriage, for baptising our children,
for confirming us in our calling, for supporting us in our bereavement,
for helping the whole community realise God’s presence among us.

For our part, we pray that we may always be attentive to your needs
and never take you for granted. You, like us need friendship and love,
welcome and a sense of belonging, kind words and acts of thoughtfulness.

We pray, also for the priests who have wounded priesthood.
May we be willing to forgive and may they be open to healing.
Let us support one another during times of crisis.

God our Father, we ask you to bless our priests and confirm them in their calling.
Give them the gifts they need to respond with generosity and a joyful heart.

We offer this prayer for our priest, who is our brother and friend,