Prayers for Vocation

Diocesan Prayer for Vocations

Almighty God, we pray,
give us holy priests to strengthen us in our Christian calling,
that we may be more closely conformed to Christ
and share more effectively in His saving work.
Through their ministry at the altar,
and by their administration of the Sacraments
may our lives be sanctified
and become more closely associated with the redemptive Sacrifice of Christ.
As they preach the Gospel and teach the Faith,
may we be inspired to dedicate ourselves to the work of Evangalization.
As they serve our parishes 
may we be led into a deeper communion of Faith, Hope and Charity.
O God, bless our Diocese also with men and women
who will serve the mission of the Church by taking religious vows,
inspiring us with lives consecrated to You.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen

Mary Immaculate, pray for us
Saint Hugh of Lincoln, pray for us
All Saints of our Dioceses, pray for us

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

Prayer for Priests

Lord Jesus, the ministry of priests is a sign of your unfailing care.
Call from among us the priests needed for the Church of today and tomorrow.
Bless all students for the priesthood.
Grant them joy, wisdom, courage and a generous spirit.
Sustain priests with a real sense of your love
and the support of those they are called to serve.
Keep them faithful to their calling. Amen

A Parent’s Prayer

Loving God,
You have given us the privilege as well as the responsibility of parenthood.
Guide us as we invite our children to hear your call to service in the Church.
May they respond with deep faith and generosity to the needs of others.
Help us to be a source of encouragement by our own desire
to be committed people who serve with love and enthusiasm. Amen

Prayer of Thomas Merton

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me, nor do I really know myself,
And the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are with me, And you will never leave me to face my struggles alone. Amen

Prayer of St Francis

All Highest and Glorious God,
Cast your light into the darkness of my heart.
Grant me right faith, firm hope, perfect charity,
profound humility, with wisdom and perception,
O Lord, so that I may always and everywhere seek to know and do
what is truly your holy will, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

A Memo to Myself

I have a vocation from God.
If I already know what it is, I pray to be faithful.
If I am still searching, I pray to hear God’s voice and to respond generously. Amen