World Day of Prayer for Vocations
World Day of Prayer for Vocations Mailings!
Please be on the lookout for our World Day of Prayer for Vocations Mailings going out to every parish in our diocese this week. It will include many creative ideas on how your parish can participate in this year’s celebration. The purpose of 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), consecrated life in all its forms (male and female religious life, societies of apostolic life, consecrated virginity), secular institutes in their diversity of services and membership, and to the missionary life. 2021 marks the 58th Anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Prayers of the Faithful
– For young men and women; That God may give them the gift of understanding to discern their service in the Church, the priesthood, diaconate, or consecrated life; And for the gift of courage to follow His call. We pray to the Lord. . . .
– For young people; That they may know the personal love of the Lord for them, and respond with open and generous hearts. We pray to the Lord. . . .
World Day of Prayer will be observed on Sunday, April 25, 2021 also known as “Good Shepherd Sunday.” The purpose of this day 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). Please pray that young men and women hear and respond generously to the Lord’s call to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life, societies of apostolic life or secular institutes.