May I die to all for You!
May I gain souls:
Souls, O my Lord, Souls!
The purpose of the 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), to the Religious life in all its forms (male and female, contemplative and apostolic), to societies of apostolic life, to secular institutes in their diversity of services and membership, and to the missionary life, in the particular sense of mission “ad gentes”.
This year marks the 53rd Anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.
Go to the World Day of Prayer for Vocations website for prayers, homilies, bulletin ideas, etc.
Photo is from the Priesthood Ordination Mass on July 9, 2015 in the Catholic Diocese of Moshi, Tanzania. Thanks be to God for many priestly vocations!