On Saturday the 26th of June, two of my brother (transitional) deacons, Matthew Collins and Joseph MacNeill will be ordained to the sacred order of Priesthood at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, beginning at 11:00 AM. I ask you to join me and many others throughout the Archdiocese in praying the following novena for these two good men.
Novena of Prayer for Priestly Ordination
God our Father, you appointed Jesus Christ High Priest of the new and eternal covenant.
By grace you allow men to share in this priesthood and in his saving work.
We ask you to pour out your Holy Spirit on our brothers, Matthew and Joseph, whom you have chosen for priesthood.
May they preach the Gospel worthily and wisely, celebrate the sacraments faithfully and reverently, and pray without ceasing.
May they be united more closely every day to Christ the High Priest, who offered himself for us to the Father as a pure sacrifice.
Bless, sanctify, and consecrate the men whom you have chosen and called to the sacred order of Priesthood.
Through the Holy Spirit make their lives worthy of the mysteries they celebrate.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Priest and Lord.
W Holy Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us!
W St. Joseph, Patron of the Archdiocese of Hartford, pray for us!
W Blessed Michael J. McGivney, pray for us!