Rockford Diocese Vocation Prayer

Almighty and Loving God, you speak to us in many ways and soften the heart to hear your call. As your heart speaks to our heart, and the prayer from our lips to your ears is heard, awaken in the young people of our diocese a desire to serve you as a priest, sister or brother.Enter their hearts and minds so they will be open to your call.Christ the Son, you gave your life that we might live. Encourage more men and women to respond to your call. Bless them with homes that are loving, families that are supportive, and churches which are beacons of hope.

Keep them steadfast in their love for you and your people. Holy Spirit, Comforter and Guide, strengthen those who now serve your Church. Enkindle in them the fire of your love. Fill them with enthusiasm and zeal. Through their service and witness let young people be drawn to you. Through Your Holy guidance set young hearts on fire;willing to love, willing to serve, willing to be priests, sisters and brothers.We ask this special prayer through the one God in Three Persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Prayer for Vocations

Holy and provident Father, you are the Lord of the vineyard and the harvest and you give each a just reward for their work. In your design of love, you call men and women to work with you for the salvation of the world. We thank you for Jesus Christ, your living Word, who has redeemed us from our sins and is among us to assist us in our poverty.

Guide the flock to which you have promised possession of the Kingdom.Send new workers into your harvest and set in the hearts of pastors faithfulness to your plan of salvation, perseverance in their vocation and holiness of life. Christ Jesus, Who on the shores of the Sea of Galilee called the apostles, and made them the foundation of the Church and bearers of your Gospel, in our day, sustain your people on its journey. Give courage to those whom you call to follow you in the priesthood and the consecrated life, so that they may enrich God's field with the wisdom of your Word.

Make them docile instruments of your love in everyday service of their brothers and sisters. Spirit of Holiness, Who pour out your gifts on all believers and, especially, on those called to be Christ's ministers, help young people to discover the beauty of the divine call. Teach them the true way of prayer, which is nourished by the Word of God. Help them to read the signs of the times, so as to be faithful interpreters of your Gospel and bearers of salvation.

Mary, Virgin who listened and Virgin of the Word made flesh in your womb, help us to be open to the Word of the Lord, so that, having been welcomed and meditated upon, it may grow in our hearts. Help us to live like you the beatitudes of believers and to dedicate ourselves with unceasing charity to evangelizing all those who seek your Son. Grant that we may serve every person, becoming servants of the Word we have heard, so that remaining faithful to it we may find our happiness in living it. Amen.

Prayer for Priests

O, Jesus, I pray for your faithful and fervent priests; for your unfaithful and tepid priests; for your priests laboring at home and abroad in distant mission fields; for your tempted priests; for your lonely and desolate priests; for your young priests; for your dying priests.

But above all I recommend to you the priests dearest to me; thepriest who baptized me; the priests who absolved me; the priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me your Body and Blood in Holy Communion; the priests who taught and instructed me; all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way. O Jesus, keep them all close to your heart, and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity. Amen