In 1963 Pope Paul VI designated the feast of the Good Shepherd as World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, knows us well and is willing to lay down his life for us, his flock. Through the Father's love we receive blessings as followers of Jesus.
As we celebrate this feast we pray for unity and the gift to hear the voice of the Good Shepherd. The church invites us to honor the vocation of all Christians given at baptism. Through the vocation of marriage, priesthood, diaconate, consecrated life, and the single life may we unite our hearts and hands to further the reign of God.
Prayer for Vocations
You bless us with the gift of Jesus
who cares for us as a good shepherd.
By our baptism we are anointed and sent
to continue the mission of Jesus.
Guide your people to prayerfully choose
a way of life that best suits you with their gifts.
Empower us by your Holy Spirit
to live dedicated lives
as married and single people
as deacons, priests, and religious.
United with Jesus, our shepherd
We are one with you now and forever. Amen.
2005 copyright. NCCV