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Prayer for Priests

Keep them; I pray Thee, dearest Lord.
Keep them, for they are Thine
The priests whose lives burn out before
Thy consecrated shrine.
Keep them, for they are in the world,
Though from the world apart.
When earthly pleasures tempt, allure —
Shelter them in Thy heart.
Keep them and comfort them in hours
Of loneliness and pain,
When all their life of sacrifice
For souls seems but in vain.
Keep them and  remember, Lord,
they have no one but Thee.
Yet, they have only human hearts,
With human frailty.
Keep them as spotless as the Host,
That daily they caress;
Their every thought and word and deed,
Deign, dearest Lord, to bless

– by the late John J Cardinal Carberry
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Holy Card of the 49th International Eucharistic Congress

Quebec City, Canada 2008

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For Vocations

Jesus, the harvest is still great. It is a worldwide harvest of many colours, of many songs and many dreams.

Call labourers to gather the harvest for you. Grant the blessing of courage to follow you, and the grace to share your love with all the world.

Amen.

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The Last Supper

Last Supper holy card from the painting by Jacopo Basano, 1542. Borghese Barberini Corsini Spada Gallery, Milan 

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks,  and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.

Matthew 26:26-28

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First Holy Communion

First Communion

“I also recommend that, in their catechetical training, and especially in their preparation for First Holy Communion, children be taught the meaning and the beauty of spending time with Jesus, and helped to cultivate a sense of awe before his presence in the Eucharist.”

–  Pope Benedict XVI – Sacramentum Caritatis 67

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Holy Eucharist

Holy Eucharist

“In a world where there is so much noise, so much bewilderment, there is a need for silent adoration of Jesus concealed in the Host. Be assiduous in the prayer of adoration and teach it to the faithful. It is a source of comfort and light, particularly to those who are suffering.”

-Pope Benedict XVI
from an address to priests in Poland, May 25, 2006

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Eucharist Perpetual Adoration

A Souvenir Holy Card of the Eucharistic Prayer Association

Blessed Sacrament Community, Manila , Philippines

” . . . . . In all your prayers, ask God for what you need, always asking Him with a thankful heart. And God’s peace which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus. “

– Philippians 4: 6-7

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