Novena Prayer for Vocations to Oblate Religious Life (Part II)

Novena Prayer for Vocations to Oblate Religious Life, 21 – 29 May 2020

PART II:  DAY 4, DAY 5, DAY 6

 

In his letter to the Congregation at the beginning of the Oblate Triennium, Father General wrote:

“And what did our Lord Jesus Christ do?” What do we learn from Jesus? Jesus’ life incarnated a full integrity: His life witnessed to the Good News that he preached. Jesus was a prayerful man: living out of a deep communion with his Abba, impelled by the Spirit, he prayed before choosing his disciples and told us to pray for laborers. Jesus called others by name to be with him, to follow him, and he formed them. Might that not be a template for our own ministry of Oblate vocations? Our lives must witness to the Good News we preach as we were so powerfully called by the 2010 Chapter on “Conversion.” We must be men of prayer, contemplatives in loving communion with the Father, the Son and the Spirit. We must pray for vocations. (Recently Pope Francis said that vocation ministry is a ministry of the knees, of prayer, rather than programmatic strategy.) We must invite young men by name to follow Jesus as Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate…” (Letter to the Congregation, December 8, 2013)

Oblate spirituality calls us to daily periods of silent prayer to rest in the Mystery of God. This experience makes us more generous in our vocational journey, in the way we relate to the poor and in apostolic community.” (Letter to the Congregation on the Year of Oblate Vocations, December 8, 2017)

 

The fourth day

VOCATION - THE MISSION

 

Leader: Jesus said: "Come follow me" ...They left everything and followed him…

Readings:

Reading #1:  From the Gospel of Luke

Jesus came to Nazareth and went to the synagogue on the Sabbath. He stood up to read from the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it is written -"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. He has anointed me. He has sent me to bring good news to the poor; to proclaim liberty to captives, sight to the blind and to set the downtrodden free."

Reading #2: Blessed Joseph Gerard wrote:

I can picture an Oblate of Mary Immaculate in his mission: he wants to see everything with his eyes, know with his heart, give joy to everyone by his presence, be all things to all people to win them over to Jesus Christ... He is not satisfied with general relationships, where the priest is the priest of everyone, but not enough the priest to each one. He loves in such a way that each one would believe himself or herself to be uniquely loved by him. ...We must love our people, lονe them in spite of everything, love them always. The world belongs to the person who loves it most and proves it.

Prayer

Holy Father,

we come to you because Jesus asked us to pray

that you send workers into your harvest.

Therefore, send us generous young men,

passionate for Jesus,

willing to make of their whole life a total oblation to you,

to become close to the poorest and most abandoned,

and to proclaim the Gospel.

May they burn with the same fire that  you enkindled in Saint Eugene;

may they come to be part of his family

and, with all the Oblates, may they continue the work of Redemption.

Mary Immaculate,

Who first gave Jesus to the world, be with us as we pray. Amen

Or

God our Father, you have loved us so much that you sent your only Son to be our savior; stir up the grace of a holy vocation in the hearts of many young men. May they have the generosity and willingness to serve you with their whole lives as Oblates of Mary Immaculate and win many over to the love of your Son, Jesus Christ.

 

Our Father...Hail Mary…

Saint Eugene de Mazenod... Pray for us

Blessed Joseph Gerard... Pray for us

Blessed Joseph Cebula… Pray for us

Blessed Francis Esteban and his Companions… Pray for us

Blessed Oblate Martyrs of Laos…Pray for us

Praised be Jesus Christ... and Mary Immaculate

 

The fifth day

VOCATION - THE GIFT

 

LeaderJesus said: "He who loses his life for my sake and for the Gospel ... will truly find it."

Readings:

Reading #1: From the Gospel of Matthew

The Kingdom of God is like a buried treasure which someone found in a field. He hid it again, and rejoicing at his fortune, went and sold all he had and bought that field. Or again, the Kingdom of god is like a merchant’s search for fine pearls. When he found one really valuable pearl, he went back and sold all he owned and he bought the pearl.

 

Reading #2: From the writings of Saint Eugene de Mazenod, Founder of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate

Every religious congregation in the Church has a spirit all its own; it is inspired by the Spirit of God to respond to the needs of the Church to work for the salvation of souls. By our particular vocation we are involved with the redemption of humanity... May we, by the sacrifice of our whole being, so cooperate as not to render His redemption fruitless for ourselves and for those we are called upon to evangelize.

Prayer

Holy Father,

we come to you because Jesus asked us to pray

that you send workers into your harvest.

Therefore, send us generous young men,

passionate for Jesus,

willing to make of their whole life a total oblation to you,

to become close to the poorest and most abandoned,

and to proclaim the Gospel.

May they burn with the same fire that  you enkindled in Saint Eugene;

may they come to be part of his family

and, with all the Oblates, may they continue the work of Redemption.

Mary Immaculate,

Who first gave Jesus to the world, be with us as we pray. Amen

Or

We pray: Stir up the flame of faith and the fire of love in the hearts of young men and inspire them to dedicate themselves to your service with unbounded confidence and zeal. Through the intercession of Our Immaculate Mother bring a great many vocations to the Oblates of Mary Immaculate so that the work of the Congregation may continue. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

 

Our Father...

Hail Mary…

Saint Eugene de Mazenod ... Pray for us

Blessed Joseph Gerard ... Pray for us

Blessed Joseph Cebula … Pray for us

Blessed Francis Esteban and his Companions … Pray for us

Blessed Oblate Martyrs of Laos…Pray for us

Praised be Jesus Christ... and Mary Immaculate

 

 

The sixth day

VOCATION - THE IDEAL

Leader:Jesus said: "If someone wishes to come after me ... He must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me."

Readings:

Reading #1: From the Gospel of Mark

Jesus was walking along the Sea of Galilee and he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting nets into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, "Come follow me. I will make you fishers of men." They immediately abandoned their nets and became his followers.

Reading #2: From the Oblate Rule

Our mission is to proclaim the kingdom of God and seek it before all else. We fulfill this mission in community; and our communities are a sign that in Jesus, God is everything for us. Together we await Christ's coming in the fullness of his justice so that God may be all in all.

Growing in faith, hope and love, we commit ourselves to be a leaven of the Beatitudes at the heart of the world.

Our mission requires that, in a radical way, we follow Jesus who was chaste and poor, and who redeemed mankind by his obedience. That is why, through a gift of the Father, we choose the way of the evangelical counsels.

Prayer

Holy Father,

we come to you because Jesus asked us to pray

that you send workers into your harvest.

Therefore, send us generous young men,

passionate for Jesus,

willing to make of their whole life a total oblation to you,

to become close to the poorest and most abandoned,

and to proclaim the Gospel.

May they burn with the same fire that  you enkindled in Saint Eugene;

may they come to be part of his family

and, with all the Oblates, may they continue the work of Redemption.

Mary Immaculate,

Who first gave Jesus to the world, be with us as we pray. Amen

 

Or

Jesus our Lord and brother, you still extend your invitation to discipleship in our day. May there be many who would hear your call and find within themselves the generosity and faith to respond. Raise up men to service at your altar, men of hope and dedication who will follow you without reserve as Oblates of Mary Immaculate and who will serve your people with joyful love. We ask this through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

 

Our Father...

Hail Mary…

Saint Eugene de Mazenod ... Pray for us

Blessed Joseph Gerard ... Pray for us

Blessed Joseph Cebula … Pray for us

Blessed Francis Esteban and his Companions … Pray for us

Blessed Oblate Martyrs of Laos…Pray for us

Praised be Jesus Christ... and Mary Immaculate

 

(Source: www.omiworld.org)

 

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