To You, O Lord, we turn with confidence!
Son of God,
sent by the Father to men of all times
and to every corner of the earth!
We ask You through the intercession of Mary,
Your Mother and ours:
May the Church never be short of vocations,,
especially those of special service for Your Kingdom.
Jesus, the only Savior of mankind!
We pray for our brothers and sisters,
who answered "yes" to Your call
for the priesthood, consecrated life and missionary ministry.
May their lives be renewed every day, to become a living Gospel.
Lord Merciful and Holy,
continue sending new laborers
to harvest your Kingdom!
Supporting those whom you call to follow you
in the present time:
let them respond with joy to this amazing mission
entrusted by You
while contemplating Your Holy Face,
for the good of Your People, and all peoples.
You who are God
and who lives and reigns
with the Father and the Holy Spirit
forever and ever. Amen.
Source: The Message of John Paul II on the XLI World Day of Prayer for Vocations AD 2004
in Christ, Your Son, You are
revealing to us Your love,
You are embracing us as Your own children
and in your will letting us discover
the shape of our true face.
You call us to be saints
as You are Holy.
Do not allow that
your Church will ever lack
holy priests and apostles,
who by proclaiming your word and distributing the sacraments
will be opening the way for us
to meet You.
give men and women,
to the lost humanity,
who, through the witness of a life transformed in
the image of your Son,
will follow joyfully along
with all the brothers and sisters
towards our heavenly homeland.
with the voice of Your Holy Spirit,
trusting in the maternal intercession of Mary,
we call You fervently:
send priests to Your Church,
who will be courageous witnesses of
Thy infinite goodness. Amen!
Source: The Message of John Paul II at the XXXVI World Day of Prayer for Vocations AD 1999