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Prayer

Intercession of Fr Jordan

Lord Jesus Christ, Saviour of the world, you called Father Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan to be your apostle, to make God known and loved by all people everywhere, using all the means your love inspires.

You filled him with universal apostolic zeal, with the goodness and the kindness of God in ministering, with a deep trust in God's loving providence, with a profound spirit of prayer, with a sincere devotion to Mary, Mother of the Saviour, and with the courage to follow you, even into the mystery of the Cross.

Grant also to us, his followers, the grace to proclaim the gospel in this spirit and make us effective apostles in today's world. Through the intercession of your servant Fr Francis Jordan, we ask you for our special needs ....

We present this prayer through Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Saviour, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit now and always.
AMEN


"The harvest is great, but the workers are few.
Ask the Lord of the harvest to send the laborers into their harvest.

(Mt 9: 37-38)


This, always valid, command of Christ was born of the idea of ​​"Priest Day", celebrated initially on the first Saturday of the month under the name of "Leviticus." This day is celebrated on the first Thursday of the month as the "Priestly Sunday".

The "Priesthood Day" is a total dedication and sacrifice, one day a month, to the Savior through the hands of his Most Holy Mother, in the intention of sanctifying all priests and candidates for priestly and religious life and numerous and sacred vocations to the ministry. In this intention, all of your prayers, works, joy and suffering, as well as all good deeds, should also be offered.

paschalisThe initiator of the "Priestly Day" was Fr. Paschalis Schmid (1887-1957), Salvatorian. While working as a youth educator at the Salwatorian college in Bad Wurzach, Germany, he witnessed how, because of the financial difficulties of his parents, it was not possible to accept young people who applied for admission to the college. During the priestly retreat which he held at Tisis in Austria on February 23, 1930, he survived the "hour of the birth of the Sabbath." He was then called to do everything to remedy the problems of priests throughout the Church. In a conversation with Bishop Keller in Berlin in November 1931, he came to the conclusion that the issue of the sacredness of priests was first and that of priests. Then, during the discussions with the founder of the Women Aid Society for Vocations, the Saxon princess Immaculate, he said that priests should be sacrificed one day a month.

In 1933 Fr. Schmid composed "Prayer for my shepherd and all the priests," which became the beginning of the priest's Sabbath.
On the Feast of Pentecost in 1934 in Rome, Fr. Schmid presented his plans to the Superior General of the Salvatorians, Fr. Pankrac Pfeiffer. He supported this idea, becoming her most determined and most important advocate. The next step is Fr. Paschalis was the choice of the day. After lengthy deliberations, he chose Saturday after the first Friday of the month, calling it Sabbath Saturday. He wished to link this day with Mary, the Mother of Priests, who would become an advocate in the prayers and sacrifices to God in the intentions of priests and candidates for the priesthood.

The first "Priest Day" was celebrated on September 8, 1934, in the Cathedral of Sts. Jadwiga in Berlin led by Fr. Bernhard Lichtenberg, pastor of the cathedral and preacher of the chapter. Bishop Mikolaj Beres, the chaplain of the cathedral and a large number of the faithful attended the ceremony.
Ks. Schmid believed that the practice of believing the Sabbath was based on two proofs.
The first comes from the dignity and role of the priest in the Church. The priest should become and be alter Christus. In order to be able to fulfill his task and ministry, which is holy, he needs a prayer for his own sanctification.
The second reason is the issue of new vocations, which are a condition and sign of the vitality of the Church. Where faithful believing and trusting God pray for new and holy priests, there will always be enough worthy servants of the altar.
Initially, this service spread in various dioceses in Germany. The Salvatorians propagated this practice through books, pamphlets, articles and, above all, pictures with explanations and prayers for the "Priestly Day". In 1953 they began to publish the quarterly "Priestersamstag" ("Saturday Levine") by changing the name in 1967 to "Wegbereiter" ("Signpost"). Through their offices they spread the practice of the "Priest Day" in many countries, including the approval of the Polish bishops. Card. August Hlond, in his letter of December 31, 1934, stresses: "The thought of the Sabbath is in keeping with the great need of time, and it is my earnest desire that the Catholic people, through this service, give the Church of Christ saints, sacrificial and heroic priests."
To spread this idea in Poland is very much contributed, since 1931, a group of Salvatorian Cooperators. The magazine "Salwator" became the magazine "Salwator".

On November 21, 1934, Pope Pius XI, at the request of the General Salvatorian, Fr. The Priestly Pfeiffer gave his "Priestly Day" initiative his blessing.

The encyclical Pius XI "Ad catholici sacerdotti" of December 20, 1935, in which the Pope emphasized the need for prayer for candidates for the priesthood and the intention of sanctifying priests, encouraged the promotion of the "Priestly Day". the veneration of our Lord Jesus Christ the Most High and the Eternal Priest. At the request of the Salvatorians, the Holy See permits the celebration of the above-mentioned votive day on the Priest Day celebrated on the first Thursday or the first Saturday of the month. A separate letter of April 12, 1937, gives a special indulgence for practicing the Priestly Day.

The Church's further concern for the vocation of the vocation is the establishment of the "Papal Apparition of the Papal Priests" on November 4, 1941, followed by the establishment of the "Papal Synod of Apostles" on April 11, 1955.

Pope Paul VI established the Worldwide Day of Prayer for Vocations celebrated in the Church for the "Good Shepherd", and also announced a new prayer for priestly and religious vocations.
The practice of the Priestly Day quickly gained church approval. Ks. Schmid noticed the problem of vocations and, beginning with this idea, he thought not only of the Salvatorian Assembly but of the problem throughout the Church. In practice this is not just about reciting prayers for priests and new vocations, it is about internal work, the proper spiritual attitudes of Catholics, the interest in the cause of the sanctification of priests and the new vocations of priests.

Looking from the perspective of the tens of years since the inauguration of the day of prayer in the intention of the clergy, one has to say that it is more necessary and necessary than ever, as we increasingly notice the lack of vocations. Dr. R. Birkenmeier states that this day "should be revived and renewed in all communities and parishes" because "prayer for vocations and communities is endowed with special blessing."

Fr. Jacek Wawrzyniak SDS

Ks. Franciszek Jordan SDS

Francis Jordan
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