Jesus taught us to pray for vocations. He said, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest,” (Matthew 9:37-38). In response to Jesus, we pray this Eucharistic novena (i.e., a devotion consisting of nine  days of prayer) for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. May our Eucharistic Lord Jesus Christ continue to inspire many dedicated Christians to imitate Him by offering the gift of themselves in loving service to God in the Church as priests and religious.
Master of the harvest…hear our prayer!
Daily Readings from Sacred Scripture
- Day 1: Matthew 4:18-22 – Jesus Calls His First Disciples
- Day 2: John 2:1-12 – Jesus at the Wedding in Cana
- Day 3: Luke 14:15-24 – Jesus Invites All to His Banquet Feast
- Day 4: Mark 6:34-44 – Jesus Feeds the Multitude
- Day 5: John 13:1-15 – Jesus Washes the Feet of His Apostles
- Day 6: John 15:8-17 – Jesus Commands us to Love One Another
- Day 7: Luke 7:36-50 – Jesus Offers His Mercy at a Meal
- Day 8: John 6:30-35 – Jesus is the Bread of Life
- Day 9: John 6:51-58 – Jesus is the Living Bread
Daily Novena Prayer
Almighty and Eternal God,
your only Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
on the night before he died,
offered the Church the gift of the Eucharist:
the Sacrament of His Body and Blood.
May we celebrate this sacred Mystery worthily
and adore it profoundly.
Help us to imitate Jesus your Son
by offering the gift of our lives
in loving service to your Church.
Inspire many people to prophetically live a Eucharistic life
as priests, brothers, and sisters.
This we pray through the same Christ our Lord.
Conclusion to the Novena: The Divine Praises
Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
Blessed be the name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be His Most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His angels and in His Saints.
Now please pray so that I may respond to such a beautiful vocation; that, like the Bread of the Sacrifice, I may lose my life, my substance, my personality, to be changed into the spirit and life of Jesus. – St. Peter Julian Eymard, Founder
The Very Reverend Norman B. Pelletier, S.S.S.
April 21, 2014
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