World Day of Prayer for Vocations
World Day of Prayer for Vocations is celebrated in parishes April 24th & 25th.
The purpose of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations is to publicly fulfill the Lord’s instruction to, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest” (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). As a climax to a prayer that is continually offered throughout the Church, it affirms the primacy of faith and grace in all that concerns vocations to the priesthood and to the consecrated life. While appreciating all vocations, the Church concentrates its attention this day on vocations to the ordained ministries (priesthood and diaconate), to the Religious life in all its forms (male and female, contemplative and apostolic), to societies of apostolic life, to secular institutes in their diversity of services and membership, and to the missionary life, in the particular sense of mission “ad gentes”.
God our Father,
You call each of us
to use our gifts in the Body of Christ.
Inspire your people
with desire to know you,
the grace to understand your will,
and, with the strength of the Holy Spirit,
the courage to respond
with love and freedom.
Send workers into Your great harvest
so that the Gospel is preached, the poor
are served with love, the suffering are comforted,
and Your people are strengthened by the sacraments.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.