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Ordained in 2011, Father Friel served for five years as Parochial Vicar at St. Anselm Parish in Northeast Philly. He is currently studying toward a doctorate in liturgical theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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“As late as 1834, British society had many restrictions on any person not adhering to the Anglican church. For example, Roman Catholics could not attend a university, serve on a city council, be a member of Parliament, serve in the armed forces, or even serve on a jury.”
— Regarding the Church of Henry VIII

1940’s Prayer for Priests
published 10 February 2018 by Fr. David Friel

ATE LAST year, in honor of the feast of St. Charles Borromeo, I posted two prayers especially suitable for priests, but also usable by the faithful. One was a prayer of preparation for Mass, and the other was a prayer of farewell to the altar after Mass.

Today I am sharing a third prayer that could well go along with the other two. As the text makes clear, this is a prayer specifically for priests.

I commend it to all of our readers who have been given the care of souls:

Lord Jesus, Eternal Priest,
Thou hast called me to Thy priesthood
to carry on the work which Thou didst begin.
Fit me, I pray Thee, for this task:

with such faith that, through my voice, even the disbelieving may listen to Thy Word;

with such hope that, through my hands, even the despairing may be held fast in Thy grip;

and with such charity that, through my heart, even the despised may know that Thou couldst never cease to love them.

Join me so deeply to Thyself than no one I meet shall lie beyond Thy saving reach.


My immediate source for this prayer is a religious brother friend of mine, who says that it was printed in the 1940’s. I have no further information on its original source.

* * * UPDATE * * *

A reader contacted me to say that he received a plaque featuring this prayer in the early 1970’s. That plaque bears a copyright mark attributing it to Berliner & McGinnis, Nevada City, California.