Solemn Diocesan Triduum: Year of the Priesthood

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Cathedral of the Holy Family
Tulsa, Oklahoma
August 2, 3, 4 at 6:30 in the evening

Here, dear Fathers and other readers, is the full text of the booklet being prepared for the Solemn Diocesan Triduum in honor of Saint John Mary Vianney for the Diocese of Tulsa's observance of the Year of the Priest. Do feel free to use it as it is or to adapt it for your own needs.



Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest,
and in our hearts take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heav'nly aid,
To fill the hearts which Thou hast made.

O Comforter, to Thee we cry,
Thou heav'nly gift of God most high,
Thou Fount of life, and Fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.

O Finger of the hand divine,
the sevenfold gifts of grace are thine;
true promise of the Father thou,
who dost the tongue with power endow.

Thy light to every sense impart,
and shed thy love in every heart;
thine own unfailing might supply
to strengthen our infirmity.

Drive far away our ghostly foe,
and thine abiding peace bestow;
if thou be our preventing Guide,
no evil can our steps betide.

Praise we the Father and the Son
and Holy Spirit with them One;
and may the Son on us bestow
the gifts that from the Spirit flow.

Words: Rhabanus Maurus
Music: Louis Lambillotte, 88.88 with repeat

V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Priest: Let us pray.
O God, Who didst instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Ghost: give to us, in the same Spirit, to know what is right, and ever rejoice in His consolation. Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who with Thee liveth and reigneth in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, God forever and ever.
R. Amen.



Where high the heavenly temple stands,
The house of God not made with hands,
A great High Priest our nature wears,
The Guardian of mankind appears.

He Who for men their Surety stood,
And poured on earth His precious blood,
Pursues in Heaven His mighty plan,
The Savior and the Friend of man.

Though now ascended up on high,
He bends on earth a piteous eye;
Partaker of the human name,
He knows the frailty of our frame.

Our fellow Sufferer yet retains
A fellow feeling of our pains:
And still remembers in the skies
His tears, His agonies, and cries.

In every pang that rends the heart,
The Man of Sorrows had a part,
He sympathizes with our grief,
And to the sufferer sends relief.

With boldness, therefore, at the throne,
Let us make all our burdens known;
And ask the grace of heavenly power
For all our priests in this their hour.

Words: Attributed to Michael Bruce, circa 1764, adapt.
Tune: Duke Street, attr. John Hatton, 1793


Lord, have mercy. R. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. R. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. R. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us. R. Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, R. Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, R. Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, R. Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, R. Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, R. Pray for us.
Holy Mary, Advocate of Priests, R. Pray for us.
Holy Mary, Mother of the Church, R. Pray for us.

All Three Evenings: Childhood and Youth

Saint John Vianney, R. Pray for us.
Saint John Vianney, graced by God even as a little boy, R.
Saint John Vianney, a blessing to your parents and family, R.
Saint John Vianney, nourished by the Sacred Body and Blood of Christ, R.
Saint John Vianney, most loving son of Mary Immaculate, R.
Saint John Vianney, devoted to the Holy Rosary, R.

All Three Evenings: Man of the Beatitudes

Saint John Vianney, poor in spirit, R.
Saint John Vianney, who shed tears over the hardheartedness of sinners, R.
Saint John Vianney, meek and humble of heart, R.
Saint John Vianney, merciful and ready to forgive, R,
Saint John Vianney, pure in heart and radiant with chastity, R.
Saint John Vianney, peacemaker and healer of divisions, R.
Saint John Vianney, persecuted for righteousness' sake. R.

Sunday: Mirror of the Gospel

Saint John Vianney, salt of the earth and shining lamp of the Church, R.
Saint John Vianney, rewarded by the Father who sees in secret, R.
Saint John Vianney, showing us the narrow gate that leads to salvation, R.
Saint John Vianney, physician of sick souls, R.
Saint John Vianney, reaching out to sinners, R.
Saint John Vianney, healer of disease and infirmity, R.

Saint John Vianney, to whom the Father revealed
the mysteries of the Kingdom, R.
Saint John Vianney, gentle with the bruised reed and the smoldering wick, R.
Saint John Vianney, who denied yourself, took up your cross,
and followed Jesus, R.

Monday: Holy Parish Priest I

Saint John Vianney, chosen to offer the Holy Sacrifice, R.
Saint John Vianney, enriched with the Holy Spirit's Seven Gifts, R.
Saint John Vianney, zealous for the beauty of the Lord's house, R.
Saint John Vianney, imbued with reverence at the altar, R.
Saint John Vianney, tender father of the poor, R.
Saint John Vianney, able to sympathize with our weaknesses, R.
Saint John Vianney, fearless in preaching the truth, R.
Saint John Vianney, nourishing souls with pure spiritual milk, R.
Saint John Vianney, graced with the gift of prophecy, R.
Saint John Vianney, preacher of the Word in season and out of season, R.
Saint John Vianney, unafraid to convince, rebuke, and exhort, R.
Saint John Vianney, faithful dispenser of the Divine Mysteries, R.
Saint John Vianney, persevering in prayer by night and by day, R.
Saint John Vianney, faithful adorer of the Most Blessed Sacrament, R.
Saint John Vianney, privileged friend of Saint Philomena, Virgin and Martyr, R.

Tuesday: Holy Parish Priest II

Saint John Vianney, penetrated with the fear of God's judgment, R.
Saint John Vianney, whom the devil tormented cruelly, R.
Saint John Vianney, shining image of priestly holiness, R.
Saint John Vianney, inflamed with priestly zeal, R.
Saint John Vianney, compassionate toward the sick, R.
Saint John Vianney, catechist of children and teacher of your entire parish, R.
Saint John Vianney, wise and prudent father of souls, R.
Saint John Vianney, who spent hours in the confessional each day, R.
Saint John Vianney, enlightened by the Holy Spirit, R.
Saint John Vianney, formidable enemy of Satan's empire, R.
Saint John Vianney, tenderhearted toward every suffering, R.
Saint John Vianney, providence of poor orphans, R.
Saint John Vianney, favoured with the charism of miracles, R.
Saint John Vianney, who reconciled so many sinners to God, R.
Saint John Vianney, who helped countless souls along the path of holiness, R.

All Three Evenings: In the Glory of Heaven

Saint John Vianney, who tasted divine sweetness at the hour of your death, R.
Saint John Vianney, rejoicing in the glory of Heaven, R.
Saint John Vianney, giving joy to those who invoke you, R.
Saint John Vianney, advocate of struggling seminarians, R.
Saint John Vianney, patron of parish priests, R.
Saint John Vianney, comforter of bishops, R.

Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world,
R. Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world,
R. Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world,
R. Have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
R. Christ, graciously hear us.

V. Pray for us, Saint John Mary Vianney,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Priest: Let us pray.

Almighty and merciful God,
who made Saint John Mary Vianney
wondrous in his pastoral labour;
grant, we implore, that by his example and intercession,
we may win our brothers and sisters for you
in the charity of Christ,
and with them be able to attain glory everlasting.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, forever and ever.
R. Amen.


Recited by all together

Lord Jesus Christ, God most high and perfect Man, /
supreme High Priest and sacrificial Lamb, /
You take delight in the intercession of Your Saints /
and, through their prayer for us, often work wonders of grace. /

You know the friendship that united Saint John Mary Vianney during his life on earth /
to Saint Philomena, Your Virgin Martyr in the glory of heaven. /
His confidence in her intercession is a model of our confidence in his. /
Your light shines in her purity, Your strength in her weakness. /
Your wisdom shines in his simplicity, Your tenderness in his care for souls. /

Relying on their intercession, we ask You to clothe our beloved priests with holiness /
and to endow them with every virtue. /
And because You never refuse a prayer made with confidence and faith, /
we entrust to You, O Shepherd of our souls, /
the needs of our diocese, of our priests, and of our families, /
especially those which we present to you now.
[Present your intentions in silence.]

We thank You for having received these petitions of ours /
and praise You for answering them according to Your most holy will, /
for You, O Merciful High Priest, stand before the Father in the sanctuary of heaven /
where You are wonderful in Your saints, now and always, /
and unto the ages of ages. Amen.


Our Priest in Heav'n Christ doth remain,
True God, at God's right hand to reign,
True Man, at human woes to grieve,
True God, almighty to relieve.

For every soul in every need
He ever lives to intercede,
Presenting there within the veil
A sacrifice that cannot fail.

Our heav'nly great high priest He stands:
By piercèd feet, and piercèd hands,
By bleeding brow and 'riven side,
He lives to plead for whom He died!

Whom have we, Lord, in Heav'n but Thee?
Like ships safe moored on stormy sea
Our souls in peril, with Thee there
Find anchorage of hope and prayer.

Set loose from earth, and evermore
Fast bound to that eternal shore,
So all our life and love shall be,
O glorious Jesus, hid with Thee!

Words: Samuel J. Stone, 1886, adapt.
Tune: Deus Tuorum Militum, Grenoble Antiphoner 1753



Yearning, I adore you, wondrous hidden God,
Bread of Life by bread concealed, speaking heart to heart.
Give me now the faith that sees darkly through the veil,
Let your presence draw me in where my senses fail.

Seeing, touching, tasting, fail to grasp you, Lord.
Hearing only stirs up faith; faith clings to your word.
This is truth enough for me: all that you have said.
Faith alone discerns your Face, radiant Living Bread.

Seeing you upon the Cross, flesh and blood I find;
Here your flesh and blood are hid, veiled in sacred signs.
Trusting in your mercy, like the dying thief,
I confess you, God and Man; this is my belief.

Unlike Thomas touching, probing hands and side,
I see not but name you still God and Prince of Life.
Hold me in your presence, stronger make my faith,
Bolder make my hope in you, fire me with Love's flame.

Wonderful memorial of the Crucified!
Sacred Banquet, Bread from heav'n, Wellspring gushing light!
Let your life be life to me, feed and feast my mind,
Be to me the sweetness I was meant to find.

In the wounded Pelican, faith sees something more.
She with blood sustains her young; you your blood outpoured
All the world to cleanse of sin. Bathe me in that tide,
Though a single drop makes pure those drawn to your side.

Jesus, here your Face is hid, from my sight concealed,
How I thirst to meet your gaze gloriously revealed!
After life's obscurity, let me wake to see
Beauty shining from your Face for eternity. Amen.

Original Latin text: Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
English translation: Father Mark Daniel. Kirby, O.S.B., 2008
Tune: Benedictine Plainsong, 5th mode, 13th century


Recited alternately by priest and people

Priest: Lord Jesus, Shepherd of Souls, /
You willed to give Your Church a living image of the charity of Your Heart,
in Saint John Mary Vianney; /
grant that in his company and supported by his example, /
we may live this Year of the Priesthood in all its fullness.

People: By remaining in adoration before the Most Blessed Sacrament, even as he did, /
may we be formed, day after day, in the simplicity of Your Word. /
Teach us the tenderness of the love with which You welcome repentant sinners, /
and the consolation of a confident abandonment to Your Immaculate Mother.

Priest: Grant, O Lord Jesus, that by the intercession of the Holy Parish Priest of Ars, /
Christian families may become "little churches" /
in which all the vocations and charisms bestowed by the Holy Spirit /
may be welcomed and cherished.

: Allow us, Lord Jesus, to repeat Saint John Mary Vianney's own words /
with something of that ardor with which he turned to You in prayer: /

Priest: "I love You, O my God and my sole desire is to love You /
until the last breath of my life.

People: I love You, O infinitely lovable God and I prefer to die loving You
than to live one instant without loving You. /

Priest: I love You, O my God, and I do not desire anything but heaven /
so as to have the happiness of loving You perfectly. /

: I love You, O my God, and I fear hell, /
because there, all are without the sweet consolation of loving You. /

Priest: O my God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You, /
I want, at least, to say it with every beat of my heart.

People: Allow me the grace to suffer loving You, /
to love you suffering /
and one day to die loving You and feeling that I love You. /
And as I draw closer to my end, /
I beg you to increase and perfect my love of You. Amen."


O healthful saving Sacrifice!
You open wide the gate of Heaven;
When warring foes against us rife,
May help and strength by You by given!

To God, Triune and Only Lord
All Glory everlasting be!
May He to us true life accord
In Heaven's blest home, eternally! Amen.

Words: Saint Thomas Aquinas
Tune: O Salutaris Hostia, Abbé Duguet, 1767


Recited by all together

Lord Jesus Christ, Priest and Victim, /
behold, we kneel before Your Eucharistic Face /
on behalf of all Your priests:
[pause to name Fathers N. and N.] /
and especially those priests of Yours /
who at this moment are most in need of Your grace. /
For them and in their place, we are here, adoring and full of confidence, /
close to Your Open Heart, hidden in this, the Sacrament of Your Love. /

Through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, /
our Advocate and the Mediatrix of All Graces, /
pour forth upon all the priests of Your Church /
that torrent of mercy that ever flows from Your pierced side: /
to purify and heal them, /
to refresh and sanctify them, /
and, at the hour of their death, to make them worthy of joining You /
before the Father in the heavenly sanctuary beyond the veil /
where You are always living to make intercession for us. Amen.


Recited by all together

Lord Jesus Christ, /
You call to Your service whomsoever You will; /
let the light of Your Face and the tenderness of Your Heart /
rest upon the young men of our own parishes and families.
Grant that those whom You have chosen from among us /
may hear Your invitation and respond to Your call with generosity and courage.

For our part, we are resolved to welcome and support priestly vocations in our midst /
with gratitude, humility, and joy. /
We promise to pray tirelessly /
for those whom You have set apart to preach Your Word, /
to offer Your Sacrifice, and to nourish, heal, and comfort our souls. /

Confident that You have already heard our prayer, /
we entrust the future priests among us /
to the Immaculate Heart of Your Virgin Mother /
that, for each one, she may be a guiding star in the night /
and, day by day, a perpetual help. Amen.


Come, adore this wondrous presence;
Bow to Christ, the source of grace!
Here is kept the ancient promise
Of God's earthly dwelling place!
Sight is blind before God's glory,
Faith alone may see His Face.

Glory be to God the Father,
Praise to His co-equal Son,
Jubilation to the Spirit,
Bond of Love, in Godhead one!
Blest be God by all creation
Joyously while ages run. Amen.

Words: Saint Thomas Aquinas
Tune: Samuel Webbe the Elder, d. 1816

V. You have given them bread from heaven.
R. Containing all sweetness within it.

Let us pray.

O God, who under a wonderful Sacrament have left us a memorial of
your Passion : * grant us, we beseech you, so to venerate the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood that we may ever feel within us the fruit of your Redemption. Who live and reign for ever and ever. + Amen.


The faithful repeating after the priest

Blessed be God.
Blessed be his holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
Blessed be his most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be his most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the most holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, virgin and mother.
Blessed be Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in his angels and in his saints.

Te Deum Laudamus


Verses 1 and 2: Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday

1. Holy God, we praise Thy Name;
Lord of all, we bow before Thee!
All on earth Thy scepter claim,
All in Heaven above adore Thee;
Infinite Thy vast domain,
Everlasting is Thy reign.

2. Hark! the loud celestial hymn
Angel choirs above are raising,
Cherubim and seraphim,
In unceasing chorus praising;
Fill the heavens with sweet accord:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord.

Verses 3 and 4: Sunday Only

3. Lo! the apostolic train
Join the sacred Name to hallow;
Prophets swell the loud refrain,
And the white robed martyrs follow;
And from morn to set of sun,
Through the Church the song goes on.

4. Holy Father, Holy Son,
Holy Spirit, Three we name Thee;
While in essence only One,
Undivided God we claim Thee;
And adoring bend the knee,
While we own the mystery.

Verses 5 and 6: Monday Only

5. Thou art King of glory, Christ:
Son of God, yet born of Mary;
For us sinners sacrificed,
And to death a tributary:
First to break the bars of death,
Thou has opened Heaven to faith.

6. From Thy high celestial home,
Judge of all, again returning,
We believe that Thou shalt come
In the dreaded doomsday morning;
When Thy voice shall shake the earth,
And the startled dead come forth.

Verses 7 and 8: Tuesday only

7. Therefore do we pray Thee, Lord:
Help Thy servants whom, redeeming
By Thy precious blood out-poured,
Thou hast saved from Satan's scheming.
Give to them eternal rest
In the glory of the blest.

8. Spare Thy people, Lord, we pray,
By a thousand snares surrounded:
Keep us without sin today,
Never let us be confounded.
Lo, I put my trust in Thee;
Never, Lord, abandon me.

Words: Ignaz Franz, 1744
Tune: Te Deum, Katholisches Gesangbuch, Vienna: circa 1774

Veneration and blessing with the Relic of Saint John Mary Vianney

follows immediately.


Thank you Father, for putting this up now to help us all prepare.


Thank you for this. P.

Padre Mark allora la aspettiamo!!!
Quando viene in Italia deve essere anche nostro ospite. Sarebbe bellissimo poter avere un tempo di adorazione di Gesù eucarestia insieme a lei.
Noi siamo a Napoli nel quartiere di Ponticelli.
Oggi abbiamo cominciato la Novena dell'Assunta la mettiamo insieme a tutti i saceroti sulle ginocchia di Maria.

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About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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