Prayer for Vocations

by Pope John Paul II

O Jesus, our Good Shepherd, bless all our parishes with numerous priests, deacons,
men and women in religious life, consecrated laity and missionaries, according to the
needs of the entire world, which You love and wish to save. We especially entrust our
community to You; grant us the spirit of the first Christians, so that we may be a cenacle
of prayer, in loving acceptance of the Holy Spirit and His gifts. Assist our pastors and
all who live a consecrated life. Guide the steps of those who have responded generously
to Your call and are preparing to receive Holy Orders or to profess the evangelical counsels.
Look with love on so many well-disposed young people and call them to follow You.
Help them to understand that in You alone can they attain to complete fulfillment. 
To this end we call on the powerful intercession of Mary, Mother and Model of all vocations.
We beseech You to sustain our faith with the certainty that the Father will grant what You
have commanded us to ask.

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