Praying for Priests
We can all perform spiritual works of mercy which mostly involves prayer. A friend of mine suffers a debilitating illness which prevents her doing physical work but she loves to pray for others. So the two of us started a small prayer meeting on the Feast of the Transfiguration in 2008 especially for Priests, the Holy Souls and the dying. This prayer meeting is centred around the Divine Mercy devotion.
We start by praying always the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. We then pray some of the prayers from the Divine Mercy prayer book 'Will You Help Me' and pray first the Consecration Prayer to the Divine Mercy, then the Prayer for Priests from St. Faustina, also St. Gertrude's Prayer for the Holy Souls, and the prayer to St. Joseph.
We then have a reading from the Divine Mercy diary which we reflect upon and talk a little on. Then we see where we can do some additional spiritual or corporal work of mercy for the week. We also have intercessory prayers for Priests that we know, our families and those who are dying. Then we finish with the Chaplet of Mercy which we offer for our Priests especially. We also invoke at the end our patrons, who are Our Lady of Mercy, St. Faustina, Bl. Fr. Michael Sopocko, Servant of God John Paul II and St. Michael the Archangel and for this year we also included St. Jean Vianney as the patron of our Priests.
It just takes one hour and we try to have our meeting every week. So if you and another friend or member of the family would like to do something like this, it doesnt take much of your time and it is important that we always pray and support our Priests as they are so special to God and we need them.