Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Friday 07 May |
Saint of the Day: St. Rose Venerini
home iconSpirituality
line break icon

This is the best gift you can give a newly ordained priest

ORDAINED PRIEST

George Martell/The Pilot Media Group | Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston | Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0

Philip Kosloski - published on 06/11/19

It is a gift that will fuel his priesthood for the rest of his life.

When a young man in your family or community is being ordained a Catholic priest, one of the most common questions people ask is, “What gift can I give a priest on his ordination day?” Most priests are not bound by a vow of poverty, and so its an honest question, one that doesn’t always have an easy answer.

However, there is one gift that all newly ordained priests will appreciate and is regarded as the “best” gift a person can give.

A gift of prayer

What this means is that you promise to pray for the priest, either by offering a set of holy hours, Masses, or simply remembering the priest in your daily prayers. It may not seem like much, but a gift of prayer is worth more than you can possibly imagine.

Intercessory prayer can give a new priest the spiritual strength that he needs to endure the many trials of the priesthood. Especially in today’s world, priests are constantly under attack from both exterior and interior forces. The devil will try his hardest to weaken the priest, as he knows that a holy priest can lead an entire congregation closer to Heaven.

St. John Vianney heard the devil once say to him, “If there were three such priests as you, my kingdom would be ruined!”

Even Moses needed help when his arms were growing tired, interceding for the people and the army of Israel.

Moses’ hands, however, grew tired; so they took a rock and put it under him and he sat on it. Meanwhile Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other, so that his hands remained steady until sunset. And Joshua defeated Amalek. (Exodus 17:12-13)

The priest in many ways imitates the role of Moses by interceding for the people of his parish and similarly grows tired. This is why his “spiritual” hands need to be supported through the prayers of his people.

If you are looking for the “best” gift you can give a newly ordained priest, offer him a gift of prayer.

Here is one such prayer for a newly ordained priest written by Cardinal John J. Carberry.

O Jesus, our great High Priest, hear my humble prayers on behalf of Thy priests. Give them deep faith, a bright and firm hope and a burning love which will ever increase in the course of their priestly life. In their loneliness, comfort them. In their sorrows, strengthen them. In their frustrations, point out to them that they are needed by the Church; they are needed by souls; they are needed for the work of redemption.O Loving Mother Mary, Mother of Priests, take to your heart your sons who are close to you because of their priestly ordination and because of the power which they have received to carry on the work of Christ in a world which needs them so much. Be their comfort, be their joy, be their strength, and especially help them to live and to defend the ideals of consecrated celibacy. Amen.


SHEPHARD

Read more:
Offer your day for priests with this prayer


MATKA TERESA Z KALKUTY

Read more:
A prayer for priests written by Mother Teresa

Tags:
Spiritual LifeVocations
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, East London Gospel Choir
J-P Mauro
Hear Clapton and Pavarotti sing a prayer to the “Holy Mothe...
2
I.Media for Aleteia
These 30 shrines will lead the Rosary Relay for end of the pandem...
3
MOTHER MARY
Cerith Gardiner
7 Ways to strengthen your relationship with the Virgin Mary
4
SAINT Januarius
J-P Mauro
Watch the blood of St. Januarius liquefy in May 2021
5
FIRST LOOK
Sarah Robsdottir
Dad’s priceless reaction to newborn goes viral
6
MODLITWA
Francisco Veneto
Former Jehovah’s Witness to be ordained Catholic priest in ...
7
SAINT JOSEPH
Philip Kosloski
How to pray the Chaplet of St. Joseph
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.