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Prayers for vocations and those in training for ordination


I know you love me and have plans for me.
But sometimes I am overwhelmed by the thought of my future.
Show me how to walk forward one day at a time.
May I take heart while I search openly, learn all about the choices,
listen to others for advice, and pay attention to my own feelings.
By doing these things, may I hear your call to live a life that will let me love as only I can,
and allow me to serve others with the special gifts you have given me.
I ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

I abandon myself into your hands.
Do with me whatever you will.
Whatever you may do I thank you.
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only your will be done in me and all your creatures.
I wish no more than this, O Lord.
Into your hands I commend my soul.
I offer it to you with all the love of my heart.
For I love you Lord and so need to give myself,
surrender myself into your hands without reserve
and with boundless confidence
for you are my Father.
Charles de Foucauld (1858 - 1916)

God our Father,
you called Abraham and Moses to lead your people into a promised land
and filled them with your spirit:
raise up leaders for your Church in this generation,
who will make your word known
and be faithful stewards of your mysteries,
that your people may be nourished with the word of life and bread of heaven;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Canon Nicholas Thistlethwaite
former precentor of Guildford Cathedral

Risen Master,
you called fishermen and tax-collectors,
women and foreigners
to be your disciples
and to carry the good news to a broken humanity:
call many in this generation
to continue your work of reconciliation,
that wounds may be healed,
sins forgiven,
and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven;
for your love’s sake.
Canon Nicholas Thistlethwaite
former precentor of Guildford Cathedral

'Prayer of self-offering in preparation for priesthood'
Shape me for your service:
pin back my arms
that I might proclaim freedom
to a captive world.

Teach me by your wisdom:
unfold your word
that I might share truth
with a hungry people.

Hold me in your love:
nurse my need
that I might tender healing
for a broken body.
Jane Tillier

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