Prayer for Priests to be said by the Laity

O Jesus, eternal High Priest, Good Shepherd, Font of life, who by a special favor of Thy most tender Heart, hast given to our priests in order to accomplish in us those holy ideals with which Thy grace inspires our hearts. Let Thy Mercy, we beseech Thee, come to the aid of our priests. Grant them O Jesus, lively faith in their works, unshakeable hope in their trials, and fervent charity in their intentions.

May Thy Word, radiant with eternal wisdom, become through continual meditation the never failing nourishment of their interior life.
May the examples of Thy life and passion, be renewed in their conduct and sufferings for our instruction and as a light and consolation in our sorrows.

Grant O Lord, that our priests, free from all earthly attachments and solicitous for Thy glory alone may preserve to their last breath in the fulfillment of duty and in the purity of conscience. And when in death they deliver into Thy hands a task well done may they have in Thee Lord Jesus their Master on earth, the eternal reward of the crown of justice in the glory of the saints.

Amen.

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Divine Mercy Sunday!

Jesus, I trust in You!
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!

Happy Divine Mercy Sunday to you! Today is the great feast of Divine Mercy (or Low Sunday/Quasimodo Sunday…(yes, the Hunchback took his name from the day on which he was found)/Dominica in albis depositis (“Sunday of putting away the albs”)). Traditionally, it is the day the newly baptized (at Easter) put away their baptismal robes.

Since 2000 (officially), it has been celebrated as Divine Mercy Sunday. It comes from the Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska, a polish nun in the 1930s. Our Lord appeared to her and under the direction of her spiritual director St. Faustina wrote down her revelations in a Diary (i.e., Divine Mercy in My Soul). Regarding today’s feast her Diary says,

On one occasion, I heard these words: My daughter, tell the whole world about My Inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.* [our emphasis] On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity. Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will I contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity. The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy. (Diary 699)

Today, you may gain a plenary indulgence (the  remission of the temporal punishment due to sin) under the usual conditions (Confession, reception of the Eucharist, and prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father… all the while being free from any and all attachment to sin–even venial sin). It is the Sunday that proclaims the mercy of God through the story of doubting Thomas and the institution of the Sacrament of Confession:

Now when it was late that same day, the first of the week, and the doors were shut, where the disciples were gathered together, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them: Peace be to you. And when he had said this, he shewed them his hands and his side. The disciples therefore were glad, when they saw the Lord.

He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you. When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.

Now Thomas, one of the twelve, who is called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him: We have seen the Lord.

But he said to them: Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.

And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them. Jesus cometh, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said: Peace be to you. Then he saith to Thomas: Put in thy finger hither, and see my hands; and bring hither thy hand, and put it into my side; and be not faithless, but believing.

Thomas answered, and said to him: My Lord, and my God. Jesus saith to him: Because thou hast seen me, Thomas, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and have believed. Many other signs also did Jesus in the sight of his disciples, which are not written in this book.

But these are written, that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God: and that believing, you may have life in his name.

John 20: 19:31, Douay-Rheims version

Merciful Jesus, I trust in You!

Some reads for Divine Mercy Sunday:
Divine Mercy in My Soul: Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska by St. Faustina
Frequent Confession by Dom Benedict Baur
Dives in Misericordia encyclical letter of Pope John Paul II on mercy