Monday, March 24, 2008

Prayer for Vocations

Something prompted me to type up the prayer for vocations that Bishop Serratelli wrote for the Diocese of Paterson, feel free to change the words "local Church of Paterson" to whatever Diocese you may belong to, or just pay for vocations to my local Church of Paterson.

Father, in the fullness of time,
you sent your Son, born of the Virgin Mary,
to be our Savior.
He preached the good new of our salvation,
healed the sick and cast out evil.
Now as crucified and risen Lord,
he pours out on us the Hoy Spirit of adoption,
making us your sons and daughters.
Through the church,
he calls us to accept the gospel
and to share in your own divine life.
Jesus is the Way, The Truth, an the Life for all people.

In Your mercy, you do not abandon us.
In every age,
you raise up men and women
to ofter their lives for the sake of the gospel
and the work of the Church.
We beg you, therefore,
grant to this local Church of Paterson
an increase of vocations
to the priesthood and religious life.
Give us courageous and faith men
to serve as worthy priests.
Bless us with generous and zealous
men and women willing seek holiness
in consecrated life.
Maye we rejoice in an abundance
of vocations from our families so that we
may yield a rich harvest of good works
for your honor and glory.
We ask this in the mane of Jesus who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.

+Most Reverend Arthur J. Serratelli, S.T.D.,S.S.L.,D.D
Bishop of Paterson

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