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Weekly Prayer

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

 

LEADER:       In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Good morning and happy Easter.  Today we begin the celebration of the fourth week of Easter in our schools.  How many of you know what a shepherd is? (pause for hands and choose one person to answer).  That's right, a shepherd is a person who looks after or leads sheep.  In yesterday's gospel, Jesus says that he is the good shepherd.  Well, if Jesus is the good shepherd that would make us his sheep.  The shepherd's job is to lead and protect the sheep and the sheep's job (our job) is to follow the shepherd. 

 

Though Jesus is our shepherd, he also calls upon other people to help lead his flock.  Some of you may have met Archbishop Don or seen his picture in the school. When Archbishop Don celebrates mass, he has a special shepherd's staff by his side called a crozier.  This shows that he is called by Jesus in a special way to be our shepherd and our faith leader.  Jesus calls all of us to be faith leaders but he calls some people to special positions of leadership.  Your parish priest has a special position of faith leadership as do deacons, sisters and brothers.  Yesterday was a special day of prayer for these people and it was called World Day of Prayer for Vocations.  On this day and all this week, we are asked to pray to God to protect and guide these special faith leaders and for God to call more people to these special positions of leadership.  Perhaps God is calling you to be a priest, deacon, sister or brother.  This week, let us take time for prayer and silence so that we may ask God, "are you calling me to a vocation?"  Let us pray.

 

LEADER:       The response to the intentions is Lord, hear our prayer.

 

ALL:               Lord, hear our prayer.

 

LEADER:       That God would bless, protect and lead those he has called to be bishops, priests, deacons, sisters and brothers.  We pray to the Lord.

 

All:                 Lord, hear our prayer.

 

LEADER:       That we would be open to God's call for us to become a priest, deacon, sister or brother. We pray to the Lord.

 

ALL:               Lord, hear our prayer.

 

LEADER:       That we would realize that God is calling us to be faith leaders in our schools, homes and communities each and every day.  We pray to the Lord.

 

ALL:               Lord, hear our prayer.

 

LEADER:       Loving God, we thank you for the gift of Jesus, our good shepherd.  May we always be willing to follow him where he leads us-even if he calls us to a vocation as a priest, deacon, sister or brother. We make our prayer in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

                       

ALL:               Amen.