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The members of the common priesthood, among other things, are
encouraged “to share their priests’ anxieties and help them as far as
possible by prayer and active work so that they may be better able to
overcome difficulties and carry out their duties with greater success”
(PO, no. 9).
May the tribute of my humble ministry be pleasing to you,
Grant that the sacrifice which I—unworthy as I am—
have offered in the presence of your majesty may be acceptable
Through your mercy may it bring forgiveness to me
and to all for whom I have offered it, through Christ our Lord
—from Priests’ Prayers After Mass,
Like Melchizedek you are a priest forever.