World Day of Prayer for Vocations – 4th Sunday in Easter
World Day of Prayer will be observed on Sunday, April 30, 2023 also known as “Good Shepherd Sunday.” The purpose of this day is to publicly fulfill the Lord’s instruction to, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest” (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). Please pray that young men and women hear and respond generously to the Lord’s call to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life, societies of apostolic life or secular institutes.
Established in 1964 Pope Paul VI designated Good Shepherd Sunday to be World Day of Prayer for Vocations which is the day each year that all Catholics are asked to pray to God that He send more workers into the harvest. 2023 marks the 60th Anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.
Resources for this special day:
Website: World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Messages from the Vatican on vocations
Prayers of the Faithful:
On this upcoming World Day of Prayer for Vocations, we pray that God will supply holy shepherds for the Church. Let us pray to the Lord.
That the example of religious sisters and brothers will show forth the Church as the sacrament of salvation for the world. Let us pray to the Lord.
For all Catholics struggling to discern their vocations, that the Holy Spirit give them wisdom and peace. Let us pray to the Lord.
That God will call men from our own school to become priests. Let us pray to the Lord.
For those in our school called to profess vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Let us pray to the Lord.
That teachers and youth ministers will encourage children and teens to respond to God’s call. Let us pray to the Lord.
That parents will encourage their children to consider the priesthood or consecrated life. Let us pray to the Lord.
For the deceased clergy and religious who have served our parish, that the Good Shepherd will welcome them with open arms. Let us pray to the Lord. Amen.