4th Sunday of Easter

Today, the Fourth Sunday of Easter: Good Shepherd Sunday, is a special celebration of World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The world-wide Church honors all Christian vocations. Christ Jesus gives his life for us that we might know fullness of life. We pray for openness to God’s call and to accept the gift of our Christian vocation. Christ Jesus, the Good Shepherd, is with us to guide and protect us on our life journey.

PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

Gracious God,
With grateful hearts we welcome the presence
of Jesus, Our Good Shepherd.
We accept the mission of Jesus to bring good news to
the world by our baptismal commitment to gospel living.
Bless us with discerning hearts.
May we have the courage to give our lives in loving service
through married life, the single life, the consecrated life, and ordained life.
Inspire men and women to respond generously
And embrace the gift of a religious vocation.
We unite our prayers with the whole Church,
With the communion of saints, with Jesus and the Spirit
In praise and thanksgiving now and forever.
Amen.