Holy Father, look upon our humanity,
that is taking its first steps
along the path of the third millennium.
Our lives are still deeply marred by hatred,
violence and oppression,
but the thirst for justice, truth and grace
still finds a place in the hearts of many people
who are waiting for someone to bring salvation
through Your Son Jesus.
There is the need for courageous messengers of the Gospel,
and for generous servants of suffering humanity.
Send holy priests to Your Church, we pray,
who will sanctify Your people
with the instruments of Your grace.
Send numerous consecrated men and women
that they may show Your holiness to all humanity.
Send holy labourers into Your vineyard
that they may labour with great fervour,
so that moved by Your Holy Spirit,
they may bring the salvation of Christ
to the ends of the Earth.
Pope John Paul II
39th World Day of Prayer for Vocations