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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Pray for these guys!

top row: Michael Rudolph. Bobby Pish, David Hennen, Michael Izen
bottom row: Jim Liekhaus, Timothy Yanta, Randal Kasel, Dan Bodin
not pictured: Hoang Nguyen, Erich Ruetten, Christopher Shofner, Terry Beeson, Thomas Joseph, Troy Przybilla, John Gallas

This Saturday, Archbishop Harry Flynn will ordain 15 men to the priesthood, the most ordinations in any year since 1963. Pray for them, that they may be true to the calling they've received:

Lord Jesus, we your people pray to You for our priests. You have given them to us for our needs. We pray for them in their needs.

We know that You have made them priests in the likeness of your own priesthood. You have consecrated them, set them aside, annointed them, filled them with the Holy Spirit, appointed them to teach, to preach, to minister, to console, to forgive, and to feed us with Your Body and Blood.

Yet we know, too, that they are one with us and share our human weaknesses. We know too that they are tempted to sin and discouragement as are we, needing to be ministered to, as do we, to be consoled and forgiven, as do we. Indeed, we thank You for choosing them from among us, so that they understand us as we understand them, suffer with us and rejoice with us, worry with us and trust with us, share our beings, our lives, our faith.

We ask that You give them this day the gift You gave Your chosen ones on the way to Emmaus: Your presence in their hearts, Your holiness in their souls, Your joy in their spirits. And let them see You face to face in the breaking of the Eucharistic bread.

We pray to You, O Lord, through Mary the mother of all priests, for Your priests and for ours. Amen.


And hey, if you're in the area, the Ordination Mass is at 10:00 a.m. on May 28, at the Cathedral of Saint Paul.

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