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PASTORES DABO VOBIS
(I Will Give You Shepherds)


O Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ
and Mother of priests,
accept this title which we bestow on you
to celebrate your motherhood
and to contemplate with you
the Priesthood of your Son
and of your sons,
O Holy Mother of God.

O Mother of Christ,
to the Messiah-Priest
you gave a body of flesh
through the anointing of the Holy Spirit
for the salvation of the poor
and the contrite of heart;
guard priests in your heart
and in the Church,
O Mother of the Saviour.

O Mother of Faith,
you accompanied to the Temple the Son of Man,
the fulfillment of the promises
given to the fathers;
give to the Father for his glory
the priests of your Son,
O Ark of the Covenant.
O Mother of the Church,
in the midst of the disciples
in the Upper Room you prayed
to the Spirit for the new People
and their Shepherds;
obtain for the Order of Presbyters
a full measure of gifts,
O Queen of the Apostles.

O Mother of Jesus Christ,
you were with Him at the beginning
of his life and mission,
you sought the Master among the crowd,
you stood beside him when he was lifted up
from the earth consumed as the one eternal sacrifice
and you had John, your son, near at hand;
accept from the beginning those who have been called,
protect their growth,
in their life ministry accompany your sons,
O Mother of Priests.

Amen.

The March 25, 1992 Prayer of Pope John Paul II concluding the apostolic exhortation.



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