Join the Flame of Love US Apostolate in a call to pray for priests and the building up of vocations to the service of God in the priesthood.
Jesus: “Ask Me for many young men with a fervent heart. You will get as many as requested because the desire lies in the soul of many young men but there is no one helping them to realize their goal. Do not be overwhelmed. Through the prayers of the night vigil, you can obtain abundant graces for them.”The Spiritual Diary (First Edition); Elizabeth Kindelmann; p.25
In unity, let us join in praying a Flame of Love spiritual bouquet for our priests, our beloved spiritual Fathers, in this month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ. We begin on June 10th and end the Spiritual Bouquet, this gift of prayer, on Father’s Day, June 18th.
We ask for the intercession of Our Blessed Mother and Dear Saint Joseph throughout these 9 days of prayers and that, through the Holy Spirit, many priests would experience an outpouring of grace and support in the Flame of Love.
Oh Blessed Lady, spread the effects of grace of thy Flame of Love over POPE FRANCIS, ALL CARDINALS, BISHOPS, PRIESTS, SEMINARIANS, and ALL THOSE WHO GOD HAS CALLED TO THE PRIESTHOOD.
Thank you for praying with us!
What is a Spiritual Bouquet?
Spiritual Bouquets are prayers or devotional acts that someone has or will offer for someone else.
It can be given from an individual or group to an individual or group to express joy, sorrow, or best wishes, often in commemoration of a special occasion. The recipient is given a card, available below, or something similar indicating who the giver is and what the spiritual bouquet consists of. This can be attending Mass, saying a rosary or other prayers, spending time in Adoration offering it for this person. It should include the sender’s name and the number of times each offering was or will be done.
Recommended Flame of Love Prayers for Spiritual Bouquet to Priest:
+ Daily Unity Prayer for Priest or priest. You may wish to pray for more then one priest and can certainly do so!
+ Offer a Flame of Love Rosary, with the important petition, as often as you’re able and keep a tally to add to your spiritual bouquet.
+ Flame of Love Holy Hour (in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament if able) as often as you’re able and keep a tally to add to your spiritual bouquet.
+ Keep Wednesdays for Priests, following the Weekly Agenda, and offer the night vigil for their needs, obtaining for them abundant graces. No need to keep track of time for your vigils, just tally how many evenings you woke to pray for them.
Be sure and keep track of your prayer offerings and sometime before June 18th, Father’s Day, download and print your Flame of Love Spiritual Bouquet Card so that you will have it filled out and ready to give to you priest or priests.
DOWNLOADABLE PRAYER CARD
- You may download your Flame of Love Spiritual Bouquet Card by clicking on the images below and saving in images to your PC.
- Print. Once you have the images downloaded and saved, you can print. We recommend printing double-sided color.
We invite you to pray for as many priests as you would be inspired to pray for! Simply print off multiple cards and mail them to those priests who you prayed for. If you are sending an electronic card, you would just place the card in the attachment of the email and send to as many recipients as you would like. We ask that Spiritual Bouquet Cards are not sold or printed for bulk distribution of any kind.
Additional PRAYERS FOR PRIEST
Sharing these beautiful prayers below so that you may add them to your prayer bouquet and/or pray them as the Holy Spirit prompts you.
Jesus, Eternal Priest; keep all Your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart, where none may harm them. Keep unstained their anointed hands which daily touch Your Sacred Body.
Keep unsullied their lips purpled with Your Precious Blood. Keep pure and unearthly their hearts sealed with the sublime marks of Your glorious priesthood. Let Your holy love surround them and shield them from the world’s contagion.
Bless their labors with abundant fruit, and may the souls to whom they have ministered to be their joy and consolation and in Heaven their beautiful and everlasting crown.
O Mary, Queen of the clergy, pray for us; obtain for us many holy priests. Amen.
May the Flame of Love penetrate the hearts of all priests, to guide them when they have lost their way, restore them when they have grown tired or discouraged, protect them from the attacks of evil, and strengthen them in their mission to help You save souls. Amen
O Jesus, our great High Priest, hear my humble prayers on behalf of your priests. Give them a deep faith, a bright and firm hope and a burning love which will ever increase in the course of their priestly life.
In their loneliness, comfort them. In their sorrows, strengthen them. In their frustrations, point out to them that it is through suffering that the soul is purified, and show them that they are needed by the Church; they are needed by souls; they are needed for the work of redemption. Amen.
O loving Mother Mary, Mother of Priests, take to your heart your sons who are close to you because of their priestly ordination and because of the power which they have received to carry on the work of Christ in a world which needs them so much. Be their comfort, be their joy, be their strength, and especially help them to live and to defend the ideals of consecrated celibacy.
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, anointed 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. By John Cardinal O’Connor
For a Son in the Priesthood or Studying for the Priesthood
Lord Jesus, eternal priest, bestow on (insert name) the fullness of your perfection and strength. Remember that he has forsaken all things to give himself entirely to you. In his hours of loneliness and discouragement be close to him, that he may not fail in his sacred duties. Bless his labors with abundant fruit for souls. May all his contacts with others bring them and him closer to your divine heart.
Give him a sympathetic and understanding heart that he may restore peace and bring consolation to those who have fallen into sin. Give him a generous heart that he may share the sorrows and sufferings of others and be forgetful of his own. Give him a strong heart that he may be ever pure in the midst of a sinful world. Keep always holy his anointed hands, which are privileged to touch your sacred Body, that they may never work to your dishonor. May his lips, which touch your Precious Blood, never be the instrument of sin.
And if ever, Lord, through weakness he should fall, then lift him gently to your Sacred Heart. Remember that the world’s possessions are no longer his and that he has nothing left but you. Grant that each precious host to be consecrated at his hands may bring him closer to you.
— Jesus meek and humble of heart, make his heart like unto your very own!
“The priest is not a priest for himself … he is for you. The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus.” St. John Vianney, patron of priest