Friday, June 18, 2021
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Prayer to St. Ephrem, Patron of Spiritual Leaders

May our priests, pastors, and ministers always find the motivation to guide those that need spiritual help.

When we want to make sense of everything around us and have a grip on it, we would always turn to experts. When we feel physically ill, we consult health experts, and when we need mental health consultations, we would turn to psychiatrists. But when we want spiritual guidance, we run to our spiritual leaders for help.

Our priests, pastors, or ministers help us with our spiritual woes, reconnect us with God, and even pray for us and our enlightenment. But oftentimes, we forget that they, too, need to be prayed for so that they may continue to guide and assist people in their spiritual journey. (Read: Fr. Vhon Recalls His Most Challenging Assignment as a New Priest)

So today, let us pray for all spiritual leaders and spiritual directors, especially Pope Francis. Here is a short intercessory prayer to their patron saint, St. Ephrem of Syria, who celebrates his feast day today.

Prayer to St. Ephrem, Patron of Spiritual Leaders

O LORD, Master of my life, grant that I may not be infected with the spirit of slothfulness and inquisitiveness, with the spirit of ambition and vain talking.

{Making a prostration}

Grant instead to me, your servant, the spirit of purity and of humility, the spirit of patience and neighborly love.

{Making a third prostration}

O Lord and King, grant me the grace of being aware of my sins and of not thinking evil of those of my brethren.

For you are blessed, now and ever, and forever. Amen.

Prayer from ewtn.com.

 

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