Good Shepherd Sunday: 53rd World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Jesus, the Good ShepherdToday is a Good Shepherd Sunday and the fourth Sunday of Easter.  On this day, the Church celebrates the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. A Rogationist Day par excellence, it is an appropriate occasion to thank the Lord who entrusted to our Father Founder, St Annibale Maria Di Francia,  the prophetic mission to point out to the Church the importance of the Rogate of Christ: to ask the Lord for the grace of fidelity to the Rogationist mission; to commit ourselves to aligning our resources and energy, initiatives and proposals so that the Rogation may become universal.

On this day it is made visible the ecclesial dimension more and more, and a better “sign” of obedience to Christ’s command. (United in Prayer p. 221)

Let us include in our prayers, all the youth who are participating in the 53rd World Day Prayer for Vocations as they prepare for World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland. We pray for the success of this event, for the organizers, religious men and women and also for the wellbeing of Pope Francis, and company.

Pope Francis’ message

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

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.

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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 evangelisation.

Sustain these communities in their commitment to
offer appropriate vocational catechesis and
in 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.

Franciscus

Image courtesy of turnbacktogod.com

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