May 5, 2017
The purpose of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations 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). As a climax to a prayer that is continually offered throughout the Church, it affirms the primacy of faith and grace in all that concerns vocations to the priesthood and to the consecrated life. While appreciating all vocations, the Church concentrates its attention this day on vocations to the ordained ministries (priesthood and diaconate), to the Religious life in all its forms (male and female, contemplative and apostolic), to societies of apostolic life, to secular institutes in their diversity of services and membership, and to the missionary life, in the particular sense of mission "ad gentes".
Read Message of his Holiness Pope Francis on the occasion of the 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Prayer for Vocations
O God our provident Father
through your Son you revealed to us
the mysteries of the Kingdom;
you will that all men and women be saved
and come to the knowledge of your Truth.
Send workers into your great harvest,
grant that more men will serve your Church
as priests for the Diocese of Providence,
that the Gospel may me preached
to every creature
and your people,
strengthened by the word of life and the sacraments
may advance in the way of salvation and love.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God forever and ever.