Prayer to Jesus the Eternal Priest

‘O Jesus eternal High Priest, divine Offerer of Sacrifice, Who, in an incomparable transport of love for men, Thy brethren, didst allow the Christian priesthood to issue from Thy Sacred Heart, deign to continue to pour out on Thy priests the life-giving streams of Infinite Love. Live Thou in them, transform them into Thyself; render them by Thy grace the instruments of Thy mercies; act in them and through them, and grant, that, having been completely clothed with Thee by the faithful imitation of Thy adorable virtues, they may perform in Thy Name and by the strength of Thy Spirit, the works which Thou Thyself hast accomplished for the salvation of the world.

Divine Redeemer of souls, see how great is the multitude of those who still sleep in the darkness of error; count the number of those unfaithful sheep that are walking on the edge of the eternal abyss; consider the crowds of the poor, the hungry, the ignorant and the weak, who are groaning in their state of abandonment. Return to us by Thy priests, live again in very truth in them; act through them and pass again through the world teaching, pardoning, consoling, offering sacrifice, renewing the sacred bonds of love between the Heart of God and the hearts of men. Amen.’

lindulgences: 300 days once a day. A plenary indulgence on usual conditions, if recited daily for a month. (Pius X, Recript in his own hand March 3 1905. Raccolta 1937),

This prayer, O Jesus Eternal High Priest was composed by Mother Louise Margaret in December, 1903. Father Charrier had it printed It was soon translated into nine of the European languages; and in February, 1905, Monsignor Henri, Bishop of Grenoble, presented the original and the nine translations to Pope Pius X, with a petition to His Holiness to grant an indulgence for its recitation. The prayer, which was written before the Encyclical of Pius X on the Priesthood had appeared, contains ideas identical with those of the Encyclical. His Holiness was pleased to see that it expressed ideas so dear to his heart and granted an indulgence of 300 days once a day, and a plenary indulgence once a month for reciting it daily.

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