Priests are not safe– and are actually more vulnerable– to various temptations of the devil. Because they are spiritual leaders, Satan actively seeks the downfall of priests and makes their vocation unbearable and difficult.
Let us help these priests fight temptation through our prayers and support. Here is a prayer from St. Peter Julian Eymard, asking God to surround the priest with his love and keep him from temptation. (Read: Pope Warns Against Temptations, Says We Should Care for One Another)
Prayer for Priests Against Temptation
O Jesus, Eternal High Priest, keep your servants within the shelter of your sacred Heart where none may harm them. Keep unstained their consecrated hands which daily touch your sacred body.
Keep unsullied their lips purpled with your precious blood. Keep pure and holy their hearts sealed with the sublime character of your priesthood.
Let your holy love surround them and shield them from the world’s contagion.
Bless their labors with abundant and lasting fruit. May they to whom they minister be their joy and consolation here on earth and their beautiful crown and everlasting glory in heaven.
Prayer from aleteia.com.