Spiritual Mothers of Priests

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So many women write to me asking for counsel concerning the Spiritual Motherhood of Priests. My first recommendation would be that any woman considering this vocation recite the following Morning Offering -- sincerely and from the heart -- for 30 days in succession.

Father most holy,
I offer You the prayers, works,
joys, and sufferings of this day
by placing them in the holy and venerable hands
of Jesus, the Eternal High Priest,
and by saying, as He did upon entering the world,
"Behold, I come to do Your will" (Hebrews 10:9).

For the sake of all His priests,
and in particular for the priest(s)
entrusted to my maternal intercession,
I entreat Your beloved Son to unite my offering
to the Sacrifice of the Cross,
renewed upon the altars of Your Church
from the rising of the sun to its setting (Malachy 1:11).

Most merciful Father,
look upon these men chosen by Your Son
to show forth His death until He comes (1 Cor 11:26);
keep them from the Evil One (John 17:15)
and sanctify them in the truth (John 17:17).

Bind them by a most tender love
to the Virgin Mary, their Mother
that, by her intercession,
they may be overshadowed by the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35)
in every act of their sacred ministry;
thus may their priesthood reveal
the Face of Jesus and the merciful love of His Heart,
for the fruitfulness of His spouse, the Church.
and the praise of Your glory. Amen.


Thank you, Father Mark, for the beautiful prayer.

Thank you Father Mark for this beautiful prayer.

I actually founded your prayer a few months ago on the SMP Australian blog, and I've been praying it daily.
Most of the women of the Nocturnal Adoration of my Diocese are joining the Spiritual Motherhood for Priests.Could I bring them your prayer Father?

Thank you and God bless you !

Father Mark,

I just found out that you posted here this beautiful prayer on July 25. I come to your blog almost daily, I am sorry I missed it. The important thing is that I got it a few days later, and I've been praying it ever since.
Perfect prayer to offer my day for my Priests.

Thank you very much.

God bless you and your new young brothers !

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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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