The World Day of Prayer for Vocations is April 17, 2016
This year marks the 53rd anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations! 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.”
Pope Francis said, “It is my great hope that, during the course of this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, all the baptized may experience the joy of belonging to the Church and rediscover that the Christian vocation, just like every particular vocation, is born from within the People of God, and is a gift of divine mercy. The Church is the house of mercy, and it is the “soil” where vocations take root, mature and bear fruit.” (Message for the 53rd World Day of Prayer for Vocations)
Pope Francis Prayer for Vocations
Father of mercy, who gave your Son for our salvation
and who strengthens us always with the gifts of your Spirit,
grant us Christian communities which are alive, fervent and joyous,
which are fonts of fraternal life, and which nurture in the young
the desire to consecrate themselves to you and to the work of evangelization.
Sustain these communities in their commitment
to offer appropriate vocational catechesis and ways of proceeding
towards each one’s particular consecration.
Grant the wisdom needed for vocational discernment,
so that in all things the greatness of your merciful love may shine forth.
May Mary, Mother and guide of Jesus, intercede for each Christian community,
so that, made fruitful by the Holy Spirit, it may be a source of true vocations
for the service of the holy People of God.
—from Message of His Holiness Pope Francis on the Occasion of the 53rd World Day of Prayer for Vocations, April 17, 2016
Message of His Holiness Pope Francis on the Occasion of the 53rd World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Pope Francis: Vocations are “born within the Church”