God of Mercy and Love, we place our African American and African Families before you today. May we be proud of our history and never forget those who paid a great price for our liberation. Bless us one by one and keep our hearts and minds fixed on higher ground. Help us to live for you and not for ourselves, and may we cherish and proclaim the gift of life. Bless our parents, guardians, and grandparents, relatives and friends. Give us the amazing grace to be the salt of the earth and the light for the world. Help us, as Your children, to live in such a way that the beauty and greatness of authentic love is reflected in all that we say and do. Give a healing anointing to those less fortunate, especially the motherless, the fatherless, the broken, the sick and the lonely. Bless our departed family members and friends. May they be led into the light of Your dwelling place where we will never grow old; where we will share the fullness of redemption and shout for the victory for all eternity. This we ask in the Precious Name of Jesus, our Savior and Blessed Assurance, Amen. Holy Mary, Mother of our families, pray for us.
Prayer composed by
Fr. Jim Goode, OFM
PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
(don’t just read this, pray it)
Almighty and eternal God, in your unfailing love you provide ministers for your Church. We pray for those whom you call to serve the Church of Philadelphia as priests, deacons and religious rothers and sisters.
Inspire in them a generous response. Grant them courage and vision to serve your people. May their lives and service call your people to respond to the presence of your Spirit among us that, faithful to the Gospel and hope of Jesus the Christ, we may: announce glad tidings to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives, set prisoners free and renew the face of the earth.
Where will our next generations of ministers come from?