Prayers for Those Discerning a Vocation
Prayer for Discernment
Most high, glorious God,
enlighten the darkness of my heart and give me, Lord,
a correct faith, a certain hope, a perfect charity, insight and wisdom,
so that I may carry out Your holy and true command.
St. Francis of Assisi
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Prayer to Discern a Vocation
Lord, there are so many things in my life that I do not understand,
So many questions about the future that I need to ask.
What is your plan for me?
What is the work you want me to do?
All I really know is that you love me.
Show me the road you want me to walk -
to fulfillment, to happiness, to holiness.
And if you are calling me to
priesthood or to the religious life,
give me the strength to say "yes"
and the grace to begin even now
to prepare myself for the challenge
of a life spent in your service and
in the care of your people.
I ask you this in Jesus' Name.
Theodore Cardinal McCarrick
Archbishop Emeritus of Washington
Loving God, Your Son, Jesus, has shown us that an open heart finds the way.
Help me to find my way in this world.
Keep my heart open to following Jesus' way of serving others in love.
Give me the courage to accept the guidance you offer me
through my family, friends, and my parish community.
Through the Holy Spirit, you call me to a particular way of life.
If it is the way of a priest, sister, brother or deacon, then
help me to walk it in joyful service to your people.
With you, my God, I know I can find my way.
you have called me to life
and gifted me in many ways.
Through Baptism you have sent me
to continue the mission of Jesus
by sharing my love with others.
Strengthen me to respond to your call each day.
Help me to become all you desire of me.
Inspire in me to make a difference in others' lives.
Lead me to choose the way of life
you have planned for me.
Open the hearts of all to listen to your call.
Fill all with your Holy Spirit that
we may have listening hearts and
the courage to respond to you.
Enkindle in my heart
and the hearts of others the desire
to make the world a better place
by serving as
Lay Minister, Sister, Priest,
Brother or Deacon.
help me know your will for me.
Let your light shine in the depths of my heart
that I may know what you want
me to do with my life.
Help me believe that you have
a special plan for me.
Lord, I know I pass through this life only once;
Help me decide how you want
me to make a difference.
Like our Blessed Mother, give me
the wisdom to hear your voice
and the courage to answer your call.
Above all give me peace of mind and heart.
I offer this prayer in the name of
Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Road Ahead
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself.
And the fact that I think I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this,
you will lead me by the right road
though I may not know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always
though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will not leave me to face my perils alone.
Prayers for Parents
Gracious and loving God,
you have blessed us with the privilege of becoming parents.
We ask that you provide us with all that we need
in accepting this awesome responsibility.
We pray that we will be open to your spirit
who is our source of strength as we witness to our children
your love for each of them and your desire for them
to be happy and to live a full life.
We ask your help so we may
guide and encourage our children
to believe that they each have a special calling
and to use their gifts and talents for others.
We pray, Heavenly Father,
that our children will discover
and respond enthusiastically to your desire for them
whether it be to the vocation of single, married,
ordained or consecrated life.
We offer this prayer in the name of Jesus
through the grace of the Holy Spirit.
Mrs. Dorothy Foss
you have given us the privilege as well as the responsibility
of being loving parents.
In the name of Jesus,
we ask you to guide us as we invite our children
to hear your call to service and leadership in our church.
May our children respond with deep faith
and generosity to the needs of God's people.
Help us to be a source of encouragement to our children
by our own desire to be committed people
who serve with love and enthusiasm.
(NRVC - Australia)
Prayers for Vocations
O Mary, Queen of the Order of Friars Minor:
Guide and direct us that we may make known
your name and mercies to all nations and peoples.
Bless our humble efforts for your Divine Son,
King of the Universe.
We beseech you to inspire noble and chosen souls
among the youth for a life in Christ
in the spirit of our holy Father Saint Francis.
With motherly benevolence
foster and strengthen many vocations
for the Order of Friars Minor
so that seraphic love, labor and sacrifice
will ever continue to flourish in this land of yours.
Almighty and eternal God,
in your unfailing care you provide your Church
with witnesses of your love for us.
We pray for those whom you call to religious life
to rebuild your Church,
following the way of St. Francis of Assisi.
Inspire in them a generous response.
Grant them courage and vision
to answer the challenge of the gospel.
May their lives and service
encourage your people to respond
to the presence of your Spirit among us.
May we, too, know you better.
Open our hearts to hear your call.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Oh God, creator of the universe,
your people are longing to hear your word.
Send laborers into your harvest,
women and men on fire with your love.
Send us ordained ministers,
who gather the prayers and longings of your people,
and serve as a channel of your presence through the sacraments.
Send us religious sisters, brothers, and priests -
whose life in community foreshadows our eternal unity in Christ,
and whose service brings your life to the world.
May each of us respond with courage and generosity
to our particular vocations,
and may the Church recognize the Spirit's call
to men and women of goodwill,
trusting in your abundance to answer all our needs.
Father, we're your people, the work of your hands.
So precious are we in your sight that you sent your Son, Jesus.
Jesus calls us to heal the broken-hearted,
to dry the tears of those who mourn, to give hope to those who despair,
and to rejoice in your steadfast love.
We, the baptized, realize our call to serve.
Help us to know how.
Call forth from among us priests, sisters, brothers and lay ministers.
With our hearts you continue to love your people.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God forever and ever.