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The purpose of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations
is to publically 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 50th Anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations
For young people; That they may know the personal love of the Lord for them, and respond with open and generous hearts. We pray to the Lord. . . .
World Day of Prayer will be observed on Sunday, April 21st, also known as "Good Shepherd Sunday." The purpose of this day is to publically fulfill the Lord's instruction to, "Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest" (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). Please pray that young men and women hear and respond generously to the Lord's call to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life, societies of apostolic life or secular institutes. You can find many resources to promote a culture of vocations on the USCCB Vocations webpage.
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