Prayers for Vocations

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Today is “Priest Appreciation Day ” or priesthood Sunday. Consider writing your priest a note of gratitude for his service. Prayers for vocations from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers here:

Prayer for Discerning Vocations

Loving Mother, Our Lady of Guadalupe,
You asked Juan Diego to help build a Church that would serve a new people in a new land.
You left your image upon his cloak as a visible sign of your love for us, so that we may come to believe in your Son Jesus, the Christ.
Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego help us to respond to God’s call to build your Son’s Church today.
Help us to recognize our personal vocation to serve God as married or single persons or priests, brothers, or sisters as our way to help extend the Reign of God here on earth.
Help us to pay attention to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
May all of us have the courage of Juan Diego to sat “Yes” to our personal call.
May we always encourage one another to follow Jesus, no matter where that path takes us.



Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life

O Father, raise up among Christians abundant and holy vocations to the priesthood, who keep the faith alive and guard the blessed memory of your Son Jesus though the preaching of his Word and the administration of the sacraments, with which you continually renew the faithful.

Grant us holy ministers of your altar, who are careful and fervent guardians of the Eucharist, the Sacrament of the supreme gift of Christ for the redemption of the World,

Call ministers of your mercy, who through the Sacrament of Reconciliation spread the joy of your forgiveness.

Grant, O Father, that the Church may welcome with joy the numerous inspirations of the Spirit of your Son and, docile to the teachings, may she care for vocations to the ministerial priesthood and consecrated life.

Sustain the bishops, priests, and deacons, consecrated men and women, and all the baptized in Christ, so that they may faithfully fulfill their mission at the service of the Gospel.

This we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Mary, Queen of Apostles, pray for us.

-Pope Benedict XVI, World Day of Prayer for Vocations


Prayer for all Vocations

Glorious God, source of all life,
We praise you for your abundant blessings.
You sow your seed freely and generously among us.
You nourish, protect, sustain, and strengthen us on our journey.

By our Baptism you call us by name and commission us on our journey.
We join our hearts and voices in prayer that you enrich your Church with people who embrace the call to holiness and service.
Bless each of us as we respond to your call.
May we encourage and support one another in discerning and living our Christian vocation.
Help us foster a culture of vocation in which your seed will bear much fruit.
We offer this prayer in the name of Jesus, in the power of the Holy Spirit, with your blessings now and forever. Amen.