Leader: Let us pray the Angelus as a prayer for a greater awareness of our own vocation as a need to understand and respond to God’s calling within the community of the Church. We also pray as the people the people of God for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and consecrated lifethroughout the world, that more men and women will have the courage to follow a callfrom God to serve in the Church.
Leader: The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
All:And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
All: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; Blessed art thou among women, andblessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us sinners, Nowand at the hour of our death. Amen.
Leader: We pray for an increase in vocations throughout the Diocese of Derry. We also pray for our Bishop Donal, our priests and all those called to serve in the Church. May they continue grow in charity each day as they respond to the call to serve God’s people andthat they may joyfully serve God in all that they say and do.We pray in a special way for those from our diocese who have begun their journey of formation towards priesthood and the religious life.
Leader: Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
All: Be it done unto me according to thy word.
All: Hail Mary …
Leader: We pray for the men and women of our parish whom God is calling to answer his call to marriage, the single life, priesthood or the religious life. May they may be granted the strength and courage to hear God’s call and through the supportof theirparish, their family and friends, answer that call with generosity.
Leader: And the Word was made flesh.
All:And dwelt among us.
All: Hail Mary …
Leader: Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
All:That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Leader: LET US PRAY.
All:Pour forth, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy grace into our hearts, that we to whom theincarnation of Christ thy Son was made known by the message of an angel, may by hispassion and cross be brought to the glory of his resurrection. Through the same Christ ourLord. Amen.
Adapted from a prayer provided to Today’s Catholic Teacher by Holy Spirit School, Annandale, Virginia. Printed in Today’s Catholic Teacher, Fall 2018.