“Where numerous vocations blossom to the ecclesiastical and religious state, there one lives generously according to the Gospel: there is a sign that there are fervent and good parents, who not only do not fear, but feel happy and honored to give their children to Church; there are zealous and faithful priests, for whom the continuity of their priesthood is the first and most important pastoral care program; above all there are generous and open adolescents, pure and courageous who, nourished by Eucharistic life and sensitive to the voice of Christ, know how to nourish in their young hearts the desire to one day serve the Church, and to give themselves to souls throughout the whole, to reproduce in himself the features of the Good Shepherd, and faithfully follow his footsteps.” ~Message of Pope Paul VI on the First World Day of Prayer for Vocations, 1964
Mary, Mother of the Church, Model of Vocations, help all those who follow Christ to find life in abundance as they live the Gospel with generosity at the service of God and His kingdom. Amen.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.