Saturday, August 14, 2010

SemNet Prayer (1st Fridays before the Mass in SemNet seminaries)


Lord Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest and Chief Shepherd of the flock, send us, according to your promise, pastors after your own heart. You formed your apostles by calling them to your side and inviting them to share in your life. In your company at prayer and at the banquet of the Eucharist, mould us, your seminarians into your likeness, that we may grow daily in holiness, virtue and fidelity for we can only become apostles if we have first been disciples learning at the foot of the Master.

Ever increase in us a sincere and ardent desire to serve you and your people. Give us generosity and perseverance in our studies so we may gain wisdom and competence in guiding souls and building communities. Assist us in our struggles so we may learn to bear our Cross with patience and develop strength of character. Animate our passion in the apostolate so that in this school of service and love, we may imbibe a genuine solidarity and concern for the needy and learn to imitate your simplicity of life and humble service. Ever deepen our love for you as we grow in our concern for our Church and our country.

Make our seminaries true cradles of virtue and learning, where the seeds of priestly vocation can grow and blossom. Bless our formators, teachers, seminary workers, benefactors, families and friends, and all who collaborate in this most important task of forming future shepherds. May your Holy Spirit, the best formator, always inspire and direct our efforts for your greater glory. Amen.

Mary, Mother of Vocations, pray for us.


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