Consecrated Hearts-Monsignor Charles Mangan

would you pray for our religious?
A Holy Hour of Prayer for Our Religious Priests, Brothers, and Sisters
by Monsignor Charles M. Mangan


There is a special group of persons in the Church who have publicly professed the Vows of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience in various Religious Institutes. We call these priests, brothers and sisters by a common name: “Religious.”

Some of us were taught by Religious in Catholic schools or parish religious education programs . . . have been cared by them in hospitals or nursing homes . . . have contributed our prayers and financial resources to their missions in far-flung countries or in a city or rural area only a few minutes from our front door . . . have a bishop-Religious as the Chief Shepherd of our diocese or a priest-Religious as the pastor of our parish.

Over the centuries, millions of Religious have imitated Jesus Christ in their sincere love of and generous service to His Bride the Church. Do we pray for them, both living and deceased? Do we ask our compassionate Lord to bless them and their efforts on our behalf? Do we beg the Good Shepherd to provide young men and women to take the place of our Religious?

Here is a Holy Hour of prayer for our Religious. It may be used in the presence of the Most Blessed Sacrament, whether exposed in the monstrance or reserved in the tabernacle, or at home. The prayers listed are suggestions that may be replaced by other suitable prayers.

May God be pleased with our prayer and protect our Religious!

(for private use)

In the Name of the Father (+), and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O Most Blessed Trinity, thank You for Your presence. I love You and wish to serve You all the days of my life. Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I come before You to pray for our Religious priests, brothers and sisters. Hear me, O Lord, and answer me. Amen.

A Reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians (4:1-6)
“I plead with you, as a prisoner for the Lord, to live a life worthy of the calling you have received, with perfect humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another lovingly. Make every effort to preserve the unity which has the Spirit as its origin and peace as its binding force. There is but one body and one Spirit, just as there is but one hope given all of you by your call. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, Who is over all, and works through all, and is in all.”

Psalm (1)
“Happy indeed is the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked; nor lingers in the way of sinners nor sits in the company of scorners, but whose delight is the law of the Lord and who ponders His law day and night.

He is like a tree that is planted beside the flowing waters, that yields its fruit in due season and whose leaves shall never fade; and all that he does shall prosper. Not so are the wicked, not so!

For they like winnowed chaff shall be driven away by the wind. When the wicked are judged they shall not stand, nor find room among those who are just; for the Lord guards the way of the just but the way of the wicked leads to doom.”

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew (19:16-30)
“Now someone approached Him and said, “Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?” He answered him, “Why do you ask Me about the good? There is only One Who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” He asked him, “Which ones?” And Jesus replied, “‘You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; honor your father and your mother’; and ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” The young man said to Him, “All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to (the) poor, and you will you have treasure in Heaven. Then come, follow Me.”

When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad, for he had many possessions. Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and said, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.” Then Peter said to Him in reply, “We have given up everything and followed You. What will there be for us?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you that you who have followed Me, in the new age, when the Son of Man is seated on His throne of glory, will yourselves sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of My Name will receive a hundred times more, and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

(Reflect on these three readings from Sacred Scripture, asking the Holy Spirit to enlighten you in your own pilgrimage of faith and to give new life to all His Religious.)


O Mary, Our Holy Mother in Heaven you who were the chaste spouse of Saint Joseph, I lift up in prayer all Religious priests, brothers and sisters. You are the human person who best exemplifies the consecration to your Divine Son that all Religious make in their Profession of the
Vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience. Guard your Religious from harm; ask your Master and ours to defend them and illuminate them.

(Choose the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful or Glorious Mysteries as you ask Our Blessed Lady to cover all Religious with her mantle of love and fidelity.)


Lord God, I adore You . . . I ask pardon of You for my sins . . . I thank You for all that You have done for me, my family, the Church, the world and all Religious, both living and deceased . . . I recommend these my special petitions to You.

(Place yourself in God’s embrace for an extended period.)


Dear God, I present to you all Religious priests, brothers and sisters and their concerns.

I pray for young and elderly Religious, temporarily professed and perpetually professed Religious, healthy and ill Religious, tranquil and upset Religious.

I pray for those Religious who are confident in Your love and mercy, those Religious who are tempted, those Religious who are confused.

I pray for those Religious who are in foreign lands as missionaries, those Religious whose spiritual or physical lives are in danger.

I pray for happy and sad Religious, devout and lax Religious, faithful and unfaithful Religious.
I pray for those young men and women who have a vocation to the Religious Life, those who know it, those who pursue it, those who do not know it and those who resist it.

I pray for all Candidates, Aspirants, Postulants and Novices in Religious Institutes.

I pray for all deceased Religious priests, brothers and sisters. Merciful Jesus, You Who are true God and true man, grant to them the rewards of their labors!

Our Father

Instructed, O Lord, by Your saving precepts, and following Your divine institution, I dare to say: Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed by Thy Name…

O Most Blessed Trinity, thank You for this Holy Hour. Refreshed in Your love, I renew my commitment to pray for Your special friends—all Religious priests, brothers and sisters. May they be secure in their witness to Chastity, Poverty and Obedience. May they be strong in their living of the Communal Life with their brothers or sisters. May they place You and Your Kingdom above all other considerations. Hear me, O Lord, and answer me. Amen.

In the Name of the Father (+), and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Imprimatur: John Clement Favalora, D.D.
Archbishop of Miami
April 4, 2007

First printing: April 2007
Second printing: July 2007

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Msgr. Charles M. Mangan is a priest of the Diocese of Sioux Falls, SD. A prolific writer, Monsignor is a member of the Vatican’s Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. He has an S.T.L. in Canon Law and is currently completing a doctorate in Mariology.


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