#1 Led by the Spirit for Mission
From the Pope’s message for the 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations:
All Christians are called to be missionaries of the Gospel! As disciples, we do not receive the gift of God’s love for our personal consolation, nor are we called to promote ourselves, or a business concern. We are simply men and women touched and transformed by the joy of God’s love, who cannot keep this experience just to ourselves.
Brothers and sisters, let us offer this holy hour to thank God for all the men and women who have accepted the mission of Jesus to bring the good news to the world, and ask for the grace that we, too, may joyfully and faithfully respond to this mission.
O salutaris Hostia quae coeli pandis ostium;
Bella premunt hostilia da roburm, fer auxilium.
Uni trinoque Domino sit sempiterna gloria,
Qui vitam sine termino nobis donet in patria. Amen.
V. O sacrament most holy, O sacrament divine.
R. All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment thine.
We praise you, Lord Jesus, today and always. We are still full of joy for having celebrated your resurrection. You are risen, you live, you appeared to the women and then the Apostles. You walked with the two disciples of Emmaus and became known in the breaking of the bread. You showed Thomas your hands and feet, and the wound on your side. You are the one who deserves our profession of faith: “My Lord and my God!” Truly you are Jesus, our Risen Lord, who lives even today in the midst of your people.
All: May you be blessed and praised, Lord Jesus. May you be blessed and praised, O Risen Lord. May you be blessed and praised, my Lord and my God.
Song suggestions: Laudate omnes gentes (Taizé); Center of My Life (Inwood)
Choose one of the readings from daily Mass or from the following list:
John 6:53-58 True food and true drink
Romans 12:9-18 Mutual love
2 Corinthians 4:1-6 Integrity in the ministry
Ephesians 4:11-16 Diversity of gifts
Choose one or more from the following “vocation” mysteries:
- The Annunciation of God’s Plan to Mary: We pray for all future priests and religious now being formed in the wombs of their mothers, that they may be safe from physical and spiritual harm, and come to Life as God intends.
- The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth: We pray especially for priests and religious who bring Holy Communion to the sick, the shut-ins, and Viaticum to the dying, and for all who minister to the sick in other ways, who counsel, comfort and console them.
- The Presentation in the Temple: We pray for all priests and religious who, like Simeon, have given us decades of faithful service. May they may be rewarded for their generosity and self-sacrifice.
- The Baptism of the Lord: We pray that priests and religious will be obedient to the teaching magisterium of the Church, our Holy Father, and the bishops in communion with Him. We also pray for all who teach the Faith to children and adults.
- The Wedding at Cana: We pray that all married couples may live holy lives committed to the Lord and raise their children to do whatever he tells them.
- The Scourging at the Pillar:We pray for priests and religious who are persecuted, physically or mentally abused; those who are imprisoned or prevented from serving the Lord. We also pray for all leaders to resist temptations to compromise their faith in the face of cultural and social pressures.
- The Carrying of the Cross:We pray for priests and religious with heavy crosses; those who are weak, lonely, or have fallen from God’s grace in some way.
- The Ascension of the Lord: We pray for priests and religious who carry out Jesus’ instructions to evangelize the whole world, instructing and baptizing countless souls, and for missionaries who live lives of utter poverty and deprivation to bring the Gospel to all the people.
- The Descent of the Holy Spirit: We pray for priests and religious to be open to the graces of the Holy Spirit, to strengthen them for the task of bringing souls to God and God to souls. May they be on fire to convert the most hardened sinners, and to bring God’s love to the whole world.
- The Assumption of Mary: We pray that priests and religious will be devoted to Mary, and find in her the love and comfort of a mother, the most powerful intercession of our greatest Saint, and the surest refuge against Satan and his cohorts who seek destruction of their service.
The following invocation may be said after each decade:
V. O Mary, Mother of the Church, R. Pray for us and obtain for us many and holy vocations.
PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
Lord Jesus Christ, sent by the Father, you were the first missionary. We thank you for inviting us to take part in Mission, the “holiest duty of the Church.”
We thank you for our Baptism, which gives us a share in your very own life. We thank you for the Eucharist in which you give us yourself as food to nourish and sustain us. We thank you for the gift of Confirmation, when we become committed witnesses to your love and your truth.
Help us, Lord, to be your missionary wherever we are. Teach us to see you in all our brothers and sisters on this earth, regardless of race, creed or color. Help us to live our lives in such a way that all our words and actions will proclaim you as Christ, the Lord.
Bless in a special way those missionaries who have given their lives to you, those who serve you in difficult and often dangerous situations. Keep them safe, happy, holy, and enthusiastic as they spread the Good News to the ends of the earth. Amen.
Tantum ergo Sacramentum veneremur cernui:
Et antiquum documentum novo cedat ritui:
Praestet fides supplementum sensuum defectui.
Genitori, Genitoque laus et jubilatio,
Salus, honor, virtus quoque sit et benedictio:
Procedenti ab utroque compar sit laudatio. Amen.
V. You have given them bread from heaven, R. Having all sweetness within it.
Let us pray. Lord Jesus Christ, you gave us the Eucharist as the memorial of your suffering and death. May our worship of this sacrament of your body and blood help us to experience the salvation you won for us and the peace of the kingdom where you live with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Blessed be God. Blessed be his Holy Name. Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man. Blessed be the Name of Jesus. Blessed be his most Sacred Heart. Blessed be his most Precious Blood. Blessed be Jesus in the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete. Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy. Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception. Blessed be her glorious Assumption. Blessed be the name of Mary, virgin and mother. Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse. Blessed be God in his Angels and in his Saints.
May the Heart of Jesus in the most blessed Sacrament be praised, adored and loved with grateful affection at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time. Amen.
Song suggestions: Jubilate, Servite (Taizé); God Has Chosen Me (Farrell)