Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Pope Benedict: Year of the Priests

B16 and St. John Vianney

As you may already know our Holy Father Benedict XVI has proclaimed the Year of Priests commencing on June 19th, 2009 until June 19th, 2010. He has also proclaimed that he will grant plenary indulgences to the faithful, for the Year of Priest.
The year will begin with the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, “a day of priestly sanctification,” according to a press release from the Vatican. On that day, the Holy Father “will celebrate Vespers before relics” of St. Jean Marie Vianney, patron saint of priests.

The Year will end in St. Peter's Square, in the presence of priests from all over the world "who will renew their faithfulness to Christ and their bonds of fraternity."

The means to obtain the indulgence are as follows:

(A) All truly penitent priests who, on any day, devotedly pray Lauds or Vespers before the Blessed Sacrament exposed to public adoration or in the tabernacle, and ... offer themselves with a ready and generous heart for the celebration of the Sacraments, especially the Sacrament of Penance, will be granted a Plenary Indulgence, which they can also apply to their deceased confreres, if in accordance with current norms they take Sacramental Confession and the Eucharist and pray in accordance with the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff. Priests are furthermore granted a Partial Indulgence, also applicable to deceased confreres, every time they devotedly recite the prayers duly approved to lead a saintly life and to carry out the duties entrusted to them.

(B) All truly penitent Christian faithful who, in church or oratory, devotedly attend Holy Mass and offer prayers to Jesus Christ, supreme and eternal Priest, for the priests of the Church, or perform any good work to sanctify and mold them to His Heart, are granted a Plenary Indulgence, on the condition that they have expiated their sins through Sacramental Confession and prayed in accordance with the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff. This may be done on the opening and closing days of the Year of Priests, on the 150th anniversary of the death of St. Jean Marie Vianney, on the first Thursday of the month, or on any other day established by the ordinaries of particular places for the good of the faithful.

The elderly, the sick and all those who for any legitimate reason are unable to leave their homes, may still obtain a plenary indulgence if, with the soul completely removed from attachment to any form of sin and with the intention of observing, as soon as they can, the usual three conditions, "on the days concerned, they pray for the sanctification of priests and offer their sickness and suffering to God through Mary, Queen of the Apostles."

Additionally, a partial indulgence will be offered to the faithful each time they pray five “Our Father,” “Hail Mary” and “Glory Be,” or any other duly approved prayer "in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to ask that priests maintain purity and sanctity of life."
CNA Article

In a recent audience the Holy Father stated that a priest's calling is to become a saint.
"The Lord wants us to be saints," he affirmed, "in other words, entirely his, not concerned with building a career that is interesting and comfortable in human terms, not seeking success and the praise of others, but entirely dedicated to the good of souls, ready to do our duty unto the end, aware of being 'useful servants' and happy to offer our poor contribution to the spreading of the Gospel..."
Zenit Article Benedict XVI Calls Priests to Be Saints

I encourage you to read Fr. Trigilio's blog post regarding the Zenit article

Please pray for our priests!

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5 comments:

Evann said...

Hi, Esther! I am working on a page for the Year for Priests, similar to my Links for the Pauline Year. I will be sure to let you know when I post it.

Esther said...

Wonderful! TY Evann.

Val said...

Join us in 40 days of prayers and fasting on June 19th, up to August 6th for starting the year of the priests.
Plenty of prayers to choose here:
www.cureprayergroup.org

Esther said...

Thank you so much Val!

Evann said...

Esther, have you noticed that there are at least three names for this year?
Year for Priests
Year of Priests
Year of the Priest

I saw the last one on the Vatican website, so I think I will go with that one!

There's always something to worry about :)