In our Constitutions* the first and second articles state the name and purpose of our community. The third states that “praying for priests is of primary importance” to our religious family. As Carmelites, it is our great joy and our awesome responsibility to pray for priests, but you don’t have to be Carmelite to join us!
We pray for the men and women who serve in our military for a good reason, we need to pray for our priests too. Our priests serve on the front lines of a spiritual battle which is daily growing more intense and fierce. The enemy knows that that the fastest way to divide and scatter the flock is to strike the shepherd.
As we celebrate the Institution of the Eucharist and the Priesthood at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, may our hearts be moved with grateful prayer for all the priests who have given us life through the Sacraments, priests who have taught us, served us, and saved us from untold danger and peril by standing with Christ between us and the enemy of our soul.
Our friend Chris Stefanick put together this video to remind us of the great gift we have in our priests…
Join us in praying for priests!
“Bless Our Priests” from our album Lean into the Wind
*Constitutions: The fundamental rule of life of a religious institute, containing the principles of religious life in general and as understood by a particular community, together with the basic norms by which the members are to put these principles into practice. (definition from Father Hardon’s Modern Catholic Dictionary at www.therealpresence.org).