Friday, October 14, 2022

Lay Fast for Priests 2022 - Closing Message

For seventeen years, St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face has been the Patroness of the Lay Fast for Priests. From Heaven, and through us, she continues to silently and lovingly fulfil what was her desire during her life to become a missionary. She has caused the Lay Fast for Priests, which she began in the United States all those years ago, to become the global Lay Fast for Priests. This year, we, people from 172 countries, will offer sacrifice for all priests – those who were, those who are and those who are yet to be ordained. Together, tomorrow, we will pray the prayer which she herself wrote. Here is that very prayer:

O Jesus, eternal Priest,
keep your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart,
where none may touch them.
Keep unstained their anointed hands,
which daily touch Your Sacred Body.
Keep unsullied their lips,
daily purpled with your Precious Blood.
Keep pure and unearthly their hearts,
sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood.
Let Your Holy Love surround them and
shield them from the world’s contagion.
Bless their labors with abundant fruit and
may the souls to whom they minister be their joy
and consolation here and in Heaven
their beautiful and everlasting crown.

Lay Fast for Priests 2022
ARK Ministries


  1. Already started in our Carmel group here in Sydney, Anna. Nineteen of us fasting and praying with you. Thank you for inviting us to join in this incredible event for our priests. Your sister in Carmel, Nancy

    1. I am praising Almighty God for you amazing message.

  2. Greetings. Fast underway here too in Auckland, NZ. God's blessings to all.

  3. G’Day from Melbourne, Anna and all the people fasting around the globe. I’m privileged to be able to join in this wonderful day for priests. Take care.

  4. Savannah, Georgia here. Fasted from food. See you next year. Peace, everybody.

  5. My husband and I fasted with our older children. Hope so many blessings showered down on our priests from St. Therese.

  6. It has been a holy joy to spend this day in small sacrifice with St. Therese for all priests. We will meet each other in the Eucharist each day until next year. To Jesus Through Mary, Anna

  7. Dyanna Gerber, Phoenix AZOctober 16, 2022 at 10:08 AM

    Our prayer group fasted for priests here in Phoenix, AZ. Thank you Anna for inspiring us in this day of sacrifice with the world. May God and His Holy Mother bless you and yours. Love, Dyanna

  8. Such a privilege to join this global army for Our Lady's sons. See you next year.

  9. Shirley, Legion of Mary ColeraineOctober 16, 2022 at 10:17 AM

    Very best wishes to you, Anna, from Ireland. Our praesidium offered our prayers and fasts on this wonderful day. Ave Maria.

  10. Oh my. I can't help but hear Spirit Lord speaking in all of these beautiful and humbling and faith-filled comments. . What blessings on all priests there must be, all across the world, who give us the Holy Eucharist. And His Spirit Breath breathing in and through us is breathing the internet into His Life. May little Therese continue her astonishing missionary work and bring us all together again in 2023
    to fast as one Body.


Thank you and may our tender God continue to bless you with His great Love.