Christ’s love for the Church is mirrored in the life of Saint John Mary Vianney, the Cure of Ars. Through his intercession, let us pray:
R. Make us true followers, O Lord.
You emptied yourself that you might fill others with life:
– deepen in all priests a self-sacrificing love for their people. (R.)
You came not to be served but to serve:
– strengthen those who do works of service against all temptation to pursue personal gain. (R.)
You gave your life as a ransom for many:
– grant courage to those who are called to spend their lives in tireless dedication to pastoral ministry of every kind. (R.)
God of power and of love, you made the humble Cure of Ars powerful in holiness, in prayer, and in self-forgetful service of your people. Through his intercession and example, fill all your people with that love which wins devoted followers for your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.