Apostolate of Spiritual Motherhood for the Sanctification of Priests 
in the Archdiocese of St. Louis


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Open with a Prayer
 addressed to the Most Holy Trinity,
that this time of prayer intercession may truly be efficacious for the protection, support and strengthening of our priests, especially those carrying particularly heavy crosses.

Opening Hymn  (based on the theme / Sunday readings)

Prayer for Priests

 from Opus Bono Sacerdotii

O Lord Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest and exemplar of priestly holiness and dignity, we are grateful to You for having chosen certain men for the ministerial priesthood 

by which You continue to instruct, admonish, forgive, nourish and strengthen Your Church. We are sorely aware of the great need of priests in our time to be confirmed in their sacred calling so that they may continue confidently 

in their ministry of mediating Your graces to men and of representing them before Your august majesty. Relying on the intercession of Holy Mary, Mother of priests, and of Saint Joseph, Her beloved spouse, we beg Your help for 

the priests who are the most troubled, tempted, 

discouraged and suffering. May the noble and sacred 

office of the priesthood, which has too often been reviled and scorned, regain its admirable stature in the sight of all men for Your greater honor and glory, and for the sanctification and salvation of Your people.

Silent Meditation on the Scriptures for the upcoming Sunday (see U.S.C.C.B website), in union with priests preparing their Sunday homilies - 5 minutes  
followed by brief sharing regarding these Scriptures - 5 minutes

Rosary For the Sanctification of Priests   


Opening Prayers for the Rosary

Our Father 

for the Pope’s health, protection & his monthly Intentions  (as published by Apostleship of Prayer )

3 Hail Marys 

1) for all bishops, especially (name bishops of our diocese);

2) for priests who form future priests. 

    Read seminary intention

3) for priests facing violence & persecution, especially

    military chaplains and those in missionary territories. 

Glory Be for all priests who will die this day or this week, that our Heavenly Father may have mercy on their souls and welcome them into the glory of His beatific vision.

Before each decade, the mystery is announced, and a meditation for priests is read.

Our Father ...

Hail Marys

 - Decades 1-4: On each bead, announce the name of a

   priest on our list, then pray... 

 - Decade 5: On each bead, announce a special intention 

   for priests, then pray...

Glory be ...


After each decade,  

Fatima Prayer:  O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.

Decade Prayer:  God our Father, please send us holy priests, all for the Sacred and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, 

all for the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, in 

union with the Chaste Heart of Saint Joseph.

Miraculous Medal inscription:  

O Mary, conceived without sin,  pray for us who have recourse to thee. 

Closing Prayers for the Rosary

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope, to thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and 

weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Pray for 

us, O holy mother of God, that we may be made worthy of 

the promises of Christ. 


Rosary Prayer - O God, Whose only begotten Son, by His life, death and Resurrection has purchased for us the 

reward of eternal life, grant, we beseech Thee, that by meditating upon these mysteries of the most holy Rosary 

of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they 

contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ, Our Lord.  Amen. 


St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, 

O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, 

cast into hell satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. 


The Memorare - Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession 

was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee I come. Before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word 

Incarnate, despise not my petition, but in your mercy, hear and answer me.  Amen. 

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,            have mercy on us. 

Immaculate Heart of Mary,               pray for us. 

Most Precious Blood of Jesus,         save us.

Litany for Vocations
adapted from the Invisible Monastery 
of the Archdiocese of St. Louis

Lord, have mercy.          Lord, have mercy. 
Christ, have mercy.       Christ, have mercy. 
Lord, have mercy.          Lord, have mercy. 
Christ, hear us.              Christ, graciously hear us. 
God the Father of heaven,                   have mercy on us. 
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,  have mercy on us. 
God the Holy Spirit,                              have mercy on us. 
Holy Trinity, One God,                          have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,                           pray for us. 
St. Joseph, protector of the Holy Church,    pray for us. 
St. Louis, King of France, 
      most just and pious ruler,                       pray for us. 
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, 
      constant in prayer,                                 pray for us. 
St. Vincent de Paul, lover of the poor,         pray for us. 
St. John Vianney, patron of parish priests,  pray for us. 
St. Charles Borromeo, 
     patron of seminarians,                      pray for us. 
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, 
     who bore the wounds of Christ                pray for us. 
St. Mary Magdalene, 
     faithful at the foot of the Cross,               pray for us. 
St. Therese of Lisieux, 
     zealous for the souls of priests,              pray for us. 
Venerable Conchita, 
     martyr for the sins of priests,                  pray for us. 
(saint of the day),                                         pray for us. 

(other litany prayers may be added or substituted here)

Through your mercy, 
             Respond:   send workers into Your harvest, O Lord. 
Through Your kindness,                                                         

Through the fervent prayers and sacrifices of Your people,   

Through the power of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass,           

Through the intercession of all the Saints and Angels,          

Through the sanctification of the family,                                 

Through parents being generously open to life,                     

Through the example of priests 

     and religious striving for holiness,                                     

Through a renewed sense of fidelity to our Catholic Faith,    

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,

      spare us, O Lord. 

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,

      graciously hear us, O Lord. 

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,

      have mercy on us. 

The harvest is great but the laborers are few.

      We beg the harvest Master to send out laborers 

             for His harvest. Amen 


Eucharistic Prayer 
taught by the Angel at Fatima to the 3 children


Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I adore you profoundly. I offer you the most Precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifference by which He is offended.  And through the infinite merit of His Most Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of you the conversion of poor sinners. 

On Thursdays, A Prayer for Thursdays may be recited here.

On other days, the Act of Adoration for Priests may be recited instead. 

A Prayer for Thursdays

from Prayers for Priests by Dom. Mark Kirby, OSB 


Lord Jesus Christ, moved by the Holy Spirit, and united to the Maternal Heart of Thy Most Holy Mother, I offer Thee this Thursday, and every Thursday for the rest of my life, in thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Thy Most Holy Body and Blood, in adoration, in reparation, and in humble supplication for all the priests of Thy Church, especially for those who do not adore Thee, for those who are wounded in their souls, and for those who are exposed to the attacks of the powers of darkness. For them and in their place, allow me to abide before Thy Eucharistic Face. In their name, let me draw near to Thy open Heart, ever-flowing with the Blood and the Water that purify, heal, and sanctify all souls, but, first of all, those of Thy priests.  Eternal High Priest, make me an entirely Eucharistic soul, according to the desires of Thy Sacred Heart and the designs of Thy merciful goodness upon my life. I desire only to love Thee more each day, and to be, by Thy grace, the faithful adorer of Thy Eucharistic Face and the consoling friend of Thy Sacred Heart hidden in the tabernacles of the world, where it beats, wounded by love, forgotten, forsaken, and waiting for the adoration and for the love of even one priest. AMEN. 

Act of Adoration for Priests 

from Prayers for Priests by Dom. Mark Kirby, OSB 

Lord Jesus Christ, Priest and Victim, behold, I kneel before Thy Eucharistic Face on behalf of all Thy priests, and especially those priests of Thine, who, at this moment, are most in need of Thy grace. For them and in their place, allow me to remain, adoring and full of confidence, close to Thy Open Heart, hidden in this, the Sacrament of Thy Love.

Through the Maternal and Immaculate Heart of Mary, our Advocate and the Mediatrix of All Graces, pour forth upon all the priests of Thy Church that torrent of mercy that ever flows from Thy 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 Thee before the Father, in the heavenly sanctuary beyond the veil, where Thou art always living to make intercession for us. Amen. 

Eucharistic Face of Jesus, sanctify Thy priests!

Prayer of the Mothers of Lu for Priests 

O God, grant that one of my sons may become a priest! 

I myself want to live as a good Christian and want to guide my children always to do what is right, so that I may receive the grace, O God, to be allowed to give you a holy priest! Amen.   printable prayer cards

In 1881, the mothers of Lu, a little Italian village, began asking 
the Lord for vocations. With this intention, they gathered weekly 
for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. On the first Sunday 
of every month, they also received Holy Communion, and 
after Mass together recited the simple, heartfelt prayer above.
In 1946, this photo was taken at a reunion of the 323 vocations, including 152 priests, that were the fruit of these prayers.

Closing Song:


Woman Beneath the Cross

 Listen to the song sung by the Poor Clares


The Son of Man hangs on the Cross 

His Body racked with pain. 

Ours were the sufferings He bore – 

The Lamb for sinners slain. 

His eyes filled with blood and tears, 

He seeks one consolation. 

He sees His Mother standing there, 

Loving without condition. 


A woman stands beneath the Cross, 

Ready and at attention. 

Silent, but brave, she takes her post 

To support Him in His mission. 

The weaker one by nature, 

Her heart supplies what strength won’t give. 

To love and suffer for the priest  

This life the woman lives. 


A priest prostrates on the chapel floor, 

His heart burdened and sad, 

The weight of the world on his shoulders, 

Carrying both the good and the bad. 

His heart bleeding and broken, 

He looks for one to give him aid. 

“It’s not good for man to be alone,” 

He bowed his head and prayed. 


A soul kneels down before her Lord 

To make her daily oblation. 

A life of hiddenness she chose, 

This contemplative vocation. 

Her prayers will give him power 

And her sufferings will ease his pain. 

A mother, a daughter, a sister to priests – 

On Calvary it was ordained. 


Like our Lady she’ll stand near the foot of the altar. 

Like Veronica she’ll give a hand 

To the priests who falter. 


(repeat bold text) A woman stands beneath the Cross . . . 

Lyrics ©2011 Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration 

– St. Joseph Monastery, Charlotte, NC