On May 7, the Catholic Church will celebrate the 54th annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Below is a Prayer for Vocations, written by Pope Francis. For more information, go to www.worlddayofprayerforvocations.com or www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship
Father of Mercy,
who gave your Son for our salvation and
who strengthens us always
with the gifts of your Spirit,
grant us Christian communities
which are alive, fervent and joyous,
which are fonts of fraternal life, and
which nurture in the young
the desire to consecrate themselves to you
and to the work of evangelization.
Sustain these communities
in their commitment
to offer appropriate vocational catechesis
and ways of proceeding towards
each one’s particular consecration.
Grant the wisdom needed
for vocational discernment,
so that in all things
the greatness of your merciful love
may shine forth.
May Mary, Mother and guide of Jesus,
intercede for each Christian community,
so that, made fruitful by the Holy Spirit,
it may be a source of true vocations
for the service of the holy People of God.