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

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

Part III: Day 7, Day 8, Day 9

 

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 seventh day

VOCATION - THE RESPONSE

 

Leader:Behold the handmaid of the Lord…Let it be done according to your Word

Readings:

Reading # 1: From the Gospel of Saint Luke

The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of Most High will cover you with His shadow. Thus, the Child will be holy and will be called the Son of God… There is nothing impossible with God. Mary responded: “I am the servant of the Lord. Let it be done to me as you have said”.

Reading # 2: From the Preface to the Rule

How should men who want to follow in the footsteps of their divine Master Jesus Christ conduct themselves if they are to win back the many souls who have thrown off His yoke? They must strive to be saints. They must walk courageously along the same paths trodden by so many before them who handed on splendid examples of virtue. They must wholly renounce themselves, striving solely for the glory of God, the good of the Church, and the growth and salvation of souls.

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

Father, you continue to call men to total service, commitment and dedication: men open to the Spirit who will bring forth Jesus in the world today through the gift of priestly ministry and religious life. May those You call hear your gentle voice and have the courage to respond with whole hearted confidence and trust. Stir up the grace of a vocation in the hearts of many generous young men so the work of the Oblates may both continue and flourish in the Church. Amen.

Our Father…

Hail Mary…

Mary, disciple of the Lord… Pray for us

Saint Eugene de Mazenod …

Pray for us

Blessed Joseph Gerard Pray for us

Blessed Joseph CebulaPray for us

Blessed Francis Esteban and his companion… Pray for us

Blessed Oblate Martyrs of Laos…Pray for us

Praised be Jesus Christ…and Mary Immaculate

 

The eighth day

VOCATION - THE CHARISM

 

Leader: He sent me to bring Good News to the Poor…The Poor have heard Good News

Readings:

Reading # 1: From the Prophet Isaiah

The Spirit of the Lord has been given me. He has anointed me. He has sent me to bring Good News to the poor, to bind up hearts that are broken, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to the imprisoned…to comfort those who mourn… He sent me to restore the ancient ruins and rebuilt the cities that had been destroyed.

Reading # 2: A Sermon of Eugene de Mazenod

Servants! Farmhands! Peasants! Poor!

Come and learn who you are in the eyes of God. You poor of Jesus Christ, you afflicted, un fortunate, suffering, infirm, diseased: all you who are burdened with misery, listen to me! You are the children of God, brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ, co-heirs of His eternal kingdom, His cherished inheritance. Lift up your minds: you are the children of God.

Look through the tatters that cover you. There is an immortal soul within you made to the image of God, a soul redeemed at the price of the very blood of Jesus, more precious in the eyes of God than all the riches and all the kingdoms of this earth. Know your dignity – you even share the Divine Nature – Children of God, Children of the Most High!

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

Father, you chose Eugene de Mazenod and inspired him with wonderful love for the poor and gave him the gift of touching their hearts. May the Oblate sons of Eugene continue, increase and flourish in the Church. May they never cease proclaiming the liberating Gospel of Jesus Christ to the poor in imitation of their founder. Raise up zealous men of faith to the Oblate family for the glory of your name. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

 

Our Father…

Mary, disciple of the Lord… Pray for us

Saint Eugene de Mazenod … Pray for us

Blessed Joseph Gerard… Pray for us

Blessed Joseph Cebula… Pray for us

Blessed Francis Esteban and his companion… Pray for us

Blessed Oblate Martyrs of Laos…Pray for us

Praised be Jesus Christ…and Mary Immaculate

 

The ninth day

VOCATION –- THE ENCOUNTER

 

Leader: We praise you o Christ and bless you…By your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

Readings:

Reading # 1: From St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians

When I came among you it was not to preach myself but Jesus Christ… I did not come proclaiming God’s word with any particular eloquence. I was determined to speak only of Jesus Christ and him crucified. As a consequence, your faith rests not on human wisdom, but on the power of God… For the cross of Christ is a stumbling block to the Jews, an absurdity to the Greeks; but to those who are called, the cross is the wisdom and the power of God.

Reading # 2: From the Oblate Rule

The cross of Jesus Christ is central to our mission. Like the apostle Paul, we “preach Christ and him crucified”. If we bear in our body the death of Jesus, it is with the hope that the life of Jesus, too, may be seen in our body. Through eyes of our crucified Savior, desiring that those in whom he continues to suffer will know also the power of his resurrection.

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

Lord Jesus, you redeemed the world by your passion and love. The depth of your love is revealed in your suffering. May there be young men raised up in the Church who are inspired by your love to give themselves, their time and their talents, - indeed, their whole lives – to your service. May your Oblate Congregation grow in numbers and with strength and holiness as it continues to share your love with the poorest and most abandoned. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Father…

Mary, disciple of the Lord… Pray for us

Saint Eugene de Mazenod … Pray for us

Blessed Joseph Gerard… Pray for us

Blessed Joseph Cebula… Pray for us

Blessed Francis Esteban and his companion…Pray for us

Blessed Oblate Martyrs of Laos…Pray for us

Praised be Jesus Christ…and Mary Immaculate

 

(Source: www.omiworld.org)

 

 

 

Eugene de Mazenod

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