"Without the priest, the passion and death of our Lord would be of no avail. It is the priest who continues the work of redemption here on earth..."
St. John Vianney
Welcome to Prayer Helpers of the Precious Blood
Prayer Helpers of the Precious Blood (PHPB) is an Apostolate dedicated to praying and offering sacrifices for the sanctification of Christ's priests. It is made up of individuals who love God and His Catholic Church.
They have made it their mission to remember priests as they go about their daily activities. As Catholics, we have a duty and the honor to pray for, support, and offer sacrifices for Christ's Vicar, Pope Francis, as well as all of His priests.In these difficult times when the world is in turmoil there is a great need for evangelization as well as for re-evangelization of those who have fallen away from the Faith.
The Church needs holy and faithful priests and priests need our prayers. Every day activities can be offered up to God the Father in the name of Jesus for the sanctification of His holy priests in order to accomplish this important mission.
In the words of St. Jean Marie Vianney: "There is no such thing as a bad priest, only a priest for whom there has not been enough prayer."
It is through the priesthood that Christ is present among us. Why pray forpriests? Because priests are the "living Chalices." They are Christ on earth. It is through prayer that they are strengthened.
In the words of St. John Marie Vianney,Patron Saintof Parish Priests:
"Without the priest, the passion and death of our Lord would be of no avail. It is the priest who continues the work of redemption here on earth...What use would be a house filled with gold, were there no one to open its door? The priest holds the key to the treasures of heaven: it is he who opens the door: he is the steward of the good Lord; the administrator of His goods...Leave a parish for twenty years without a priest and they will end by worshiping the beasts there. The priest is not a priest for himself, he is a priest for you."
Prayer Helpers of the Precious Blood (PHPB) was begun in 2012 by Anna Maria Dias, O.P.B., an Oblate of the Precious Blood, affiliated with the Congregation of the Handmaids of the Precious Blood and their Apostolate for the sanctification of Priests. Anna Maria is a member of the Passionist Confraternity. She is enrolled in the Association of the Guard of Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and was recently admitted into the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception.
The Oblates of the Precious Blood was started under the guidance of Servant of God JOHN A. HARDON (http://www.therealpresence.org) on June 21, 1981, the Feast of Corpus Christi. This program gave, priests, deacons, religious, and the laity a way to be more closely affiliated with the spirit and mission of the Hand Maids of the Precious Blood (http://www.nunsforpriests.org). This special order of cloistered nuns have offered their lives of prayer to God for His priests. The Oblates of the Precious Blood assist them in this important work out in the world.
This is done through personal holiness, prayer, and sacrifices, no matter how small, being offered up continually for priests and their holiness. They offer every joy, every pain and every suffering to God out of love for Him on behalf of priests.
An Oblate also prays and sacrifices for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and the religious life. All faithful Catholics can help in this great mission.
The main purpose of an Oblate of the Precious Blood is to promote the glory of God. An Oblate willingly commits him/her self to live a life completely dedicated to God, doing everything out of love for God and for the sanctification of His priests.
What can each one of us do? One can attend daily Mass, pray the Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Chaplet of the Precious Blood, Chaplet of the Holy Wounds or just pray a heartfelt Hail Mary and offer it up to God in appreciation for His gift of the priesthood.
Spending an hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament for the sanctification of priests is yet another wonderful offering to God for this priceless gift.
Don't have time? Then give up listening to the radio, watching your favorite TV program one day a week, or omit using the internet for a day. Fasting from your favorite food or dessert for a week or a day is also a sacrifice. These are all small sacrifices that can be offer to God in gratitude for allowing us to receive the Blessed Sacrament at Mass through His priests. Without the priests we have no Eucharist and no Mass.
Won't you please join us in praying for our priests, seminarians, and for an increase in holy vocations to the priesthood?
The rewards are eternal!
"If I saw an Angel and a priest, I would bend my knee first to the priest and then the Angel."
St. Francis of Assisi (later quoted by St. John Vianney)
An Oblate's Prayer
Heavenly Father, we thank you for all of Your priests, and we ask You to keep them all safe in Your loving care.
Our Lady of the Precious Blood, watch over the living chalices of the Blood of Your Son, Jesus. We pray you, protect your priestly sons from Satan's deadliest snares.
Holy Mary, intercede for your priests.
St. Joseph, guide them.
St. Margaret Clitherow, protect them from persecution.
St. John Vianney, pray for their sanctification.
St. Michael the Archangel, defend them in battle. Be their protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell, Satan and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of their priestlysouls. Amen.
Mary, Mother of the Holy Eucharist, pray for our priests.