Prayers For Vocations

 
 
 

An Hour with Jesus and Mary

Jesus welcomes you and rejoices that you have come to pray.  He says to you and to all in the world.  “Come come, all you that labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).Speak to him in your own familiar way.  Place all your worries and concerns at the feet of the Lord.  Allow Christ, really present here, body and soul, humanity and divinity, in the Sacred Host, to calm your fears and anxieties.

Take a few moments, to examine your conscience and ask forgiveness for any ways you may have offended God, members of your family, colleagues at work or any other person.  Open your heart to receive the healing and forgiveness of Christ.  Pray for the grace to forgive those who have wronged you or your family.  Say an Act of Sorrow, be grateful for God’s forgiveness and do not be anxious about your sins.  Resolve to receive the forgiveness of Christ in the Sacrament of Confession, once a month.

O Holy Spirit, soul of my soul, I adore you. Enlighten, guide, strengthen and console me. Tell me what I ought to do and command me to do it. I promise to submit to whatever You shall ask of me and to accept all that You permit to happen to me. Only show me what is Your holy will, Amen.

Always reserve time for prayer to Our Lady during your Holy Hour. Mary promises her special protection and the greatest graces to all who recit eth Rosary.  Pray that She may help and support you and all Christians with her love.  In hope and confidence we pray: Mother of Christ, hear thou they people’s cry. Star of the sea and portal of the sky. Sinking, we strive and call to thee for aid. Mother of him, who thee from nothing made, O by that joy which Gabriel brought to thee, Thou, Virgin first and last, let us they mercy see.

Pray for your family and friends. Pray for Our Holy Father Pope Francis, that he may guide and govern God’s Church wisely. Pray for our Bishops Donal and Anthony, that Christ, the Good Shepherd, may enlighten and help them in their role as Shepherd of the Church in Down and Connor. Pray for all bishops and Priests. Pray for Vocations to the priesthood and the religious life. Pray for the holy souls in Purgatory. Pray for peace on earth, especially in Ireland and in the Holy Land. Pray for young people. Pray for the sick and the elderly.

Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood: Lord Jesus Christ, Shepherd of souls, who called the apostles to be fishers of men, raise up new apostles and holy priests to serve the Church and the world in our time.  Kindle in the heart of many young men the fire of zeal for souls. Grant them courage to follow you, Who are the Way, the Truth and the life.  Amen.

“For ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ” (St Jerome). It is the teaching of the Catholic Church that: “In the sacred books (of the Bible), the Father who is in heaven meets His children with great love and speaks with them.(Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revilation of Vatican 11). Open the Bible at any place and read meditatively, asking the Holy Spirit to speak to you through the holy Word of God.

Conclude your prayer with An Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: Most Sacred heart of Jesus, I consecrate myself, my family, my friends, my foes, my country and the world to You. Support us when we fall and give us the grace to begin again. Never let us be parted from You and may all our actions be pleasing to You.  Amen.

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Offering of the Sick for Vocations

Dear Lord, here is a new day you have given me in which to love you and to help others to love you.  Above all things, help me to love and accept your holy will.  Lord Jesus, in giving me this cross of my illness, it was your desire to bring me nearer to your Divine Heart.  I want to bring others also to know you better, to love you more, and for this I know that good and holy priests are necessary:  so I will offer my cross, united with yours, for vocations to the holy priesthood.
Amen.

 
 

Prayer for Abandonment (Ven. Charles de Foucauld)

Father, I abandon myself into Your hands; Do with me what You will. Whatever You do may I thank You: I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only Your will be done in me, And in all Your creatures. I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into Your hands I commend my soul: I offer it to You with all the love of my heart, For I love You, Lord, And so need to give myself to You, To surrender myself into Your hands, Without reserve and without boundless confidence, For You are my Father.
Amen.

 

Prayer of St. Ignatius

Dearest Jesus teach me to be generous
Teach me to love and serve You as You deserve,
To give and not to count the cost,
To fight and not to heed the wounds,
To toil and not to seek for rest
To labour and to look for no reward,
Except that of knowing that I do Your Holy Will.
Amen.

 

Prayer of St. Therese of Lisieux

May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received,
and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones,
and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.
Amen.

 

Prayer for Discernment (Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus)

God our Father,
You have a plan for each one of us,
You hold out to us a future full of hope.
Give us the wisdom of Your Spirit
So that we can see the shape of Your plan
In the gifts You have given us,
And in the circumstances of our daily lives.
Give us the freedom of Your Spirit,
To seek You with all our hearts,
And to choose Your will above all else.
We make this prayer through Christ Our Lord.
Amen.

 

Prayer to Our Lady for Vocations

Most holy Virgin, who without hesitation offered yourself to the Almighty
for the carrying out of his plan of salvation,
pour trust into the hearts of young people
so that there may always be zealous pastors
who are able to guide the Christian people on the way of life,
and consecrated souls who may know how to witness,
in chastity, poverty, and obedience,
to the freeing presence of your risen Son.
Amen.
(Pope John Paul II, Message for Vocations Sunday 2001)

 

Prayer of St. Therese of Lisieux

May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received,
and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones,
and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.
Amen.

 

Pope Benedict XVI on his vocation

It became clearer and clearer to me that there is more to the priestly vocation than enjoying theology, indeed, that work in the parish can often lead very far away from that and make completely different demands…The Yes to the priesthood meant that I had to say Yes to the whole task, even in its simplest forms. Since I was rather diffident and downright unpractical, since I had no talent for sports or administration or organization, I had to ask myself whether I would be able to relate to people — whether, for example, as a chaplain I would be able to lead and inspire Catholic youth, whether I would be capable of giving religious instruction to the little ones, whether I could get along with the old and sick, and so forth. I had to ask myself whether I would be ready to do that my whole life long and whether it was really my vocation. Bound up with this was naturally the question of whether I would be able to remain celibate, unmarried, my whole life long…I often pondered these questions as I walked in the beautiful park of Fűrstenried and naturally in the chapel, until finally at my diaconal ordination in the fall of 1950 I was able to pronounce a convinced Yes.

 

1 Comment

  1. by Site Admin on April 16, 2014  11:38 am Reply

    Please feel free to print or save any of these prayers to use. The prayer cards are especially good as the can be printed and cut to fit neatly into your purse or wallet.

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