Sunday, May 3, 2009

World Day of Prayer for vocations

 
A Prayer for Vocations
Through the intercession of St. John Vianney

O God our Father, You promised "I will appoint shepherds for My sheep
who will shepherd them so that they need no longer fear and tremble:
and none shall be missing." (Jer. 23:4-5). Hear the prayers of Your flock.
Through the intercession of Your beloved priest, Saint John Vianney,
 we beg You to call to the sacramental priesthood generous men who
will desire nothing more than to serve You in imitation of Your Son,
 Our Lord Jesus Christ, our High Priest.

And after You call them, we pray that You sustain the doubtful,
 console the discouraged, and strengthen the weak as they start
the long and demanding preparation for the priesthood.

Mary, Mother of priests, and example of faithful, humble,
 and joyful acceptance of God's will, help all those who are
called to the priesthood to open their ears and hearts to the gentle call of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

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Prayer for Vocations

Gracious and loving God, help the men and women of  our diocese to hear the call to serve.

Our needs are great and our people thirst for your presence.

Open the hearts of many, raise up faithful servants of the Gospel, dedicated, holy priests, sisters, brothers, and deacons, who will spend themselves for your people and their needs.

Bless those who are serving now with courage and perseverance. Grant that many will be inspired by their example and faith.

We ask this though Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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