Beginning earlier this month, all parishes and missions in the Diocese of Tyler began a common prayer together to increase vocations to the priesthood and religious life for the diocese.
The prayer, which most communities are offering at the conclusion of the General Intercessions (Prayers of the Faithful) at Mass, asks for God’s grace for both young people to open their hearts to consider a vocation, as well as for parents to be open to their children spending their life in service to the Church and God’s people.
“Prayer is our most powerful tool when it comes to promoting vocations and I encourage everyone to trust that the rosaries they pray, the masses they offer and the devotions they follow for vocations are heard by God,” said Bishop Joseph Strickland. “May this prayer we offer as a diocesan family inspire us all to pray often for vocations.”
The prayer will be used throughout 2015 at Holy Masses on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation.
“Bishop Strickland has selected a beautiful prayer for the entire diocese to pray as one family,” said Fr. Justin Braun, vocations director for the diocese. “Serving Christ and His church through holy orders or religious life is a beautiful calling which many young people are now actively considering.”
Continued Braun, “This prayer reminds all of us to be open to this calling in our lives and the lives of our families.”
Pope Francis has also dedicated 2015 to Consecrated Life and the Diocese of Tyler has a number of activities designed to help the faithful learn about the religious life.
TEXT OF THE VOCATIONS PRAYER
Lord Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father and Mary Immaculate, give to our young people the generosity necessary to follow Your call and the courage required to overcome all obstacles to their vocation. Give to parents that faith, love and spirit of sacrifice which will inspire them to offer their children to God’s service and to rejoice whenever one of their children is called to the priesthood or religious life. May Your example and that of Your Blessed Mother and St. Joseph encourage both young people and parents and let Your grace sustain them. Amen.