Novena Prayer for Vocations to Oblate Religious Life (Part 1)

Novena Prayer
for Vocations to Oblate Religious Life

21 – 29 May 2020

 

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 first day

VOCATION :- THE CALL

 

Leader: Jesus said: “What are you looking for...come and see…”

Readings:

Reading #1: From the Gospel according to John 1:35-46:

The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples; and he looked at Jesus as he walked, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God!" The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.


Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said to them, "What are you looking for?" And they said to him, "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are you staying?" He said to them, "Come and see." They came and saw where he was staying; and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. One of the two who heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first found his brother Simon, and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him, and said, "So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas" (which means Peter). The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. And he found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael, and said to him, "We have found him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see."

Reading #2: From the Oblate Rule

The Oblates are a Missionary Congregation. They are men set apart for the Gospel, men ready to leave everything to be disciples of Jesus Christ, Their principal service in the Church is to proclaim Christ and his Kingdom to the most abandoned. They preach the Gospel among people who have not yet received it. Where the Church is already established, their commitment is to those groups it touches least.

The mission of the Oblates is especially to those people whose condition cries out for salvation and for the hope which only Jesus Christ can fully bring. These are the poor with their many faces – they have our preference because of their need.

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, Father, that your Church would never lack for shepherds. Remember the poor, abandoned and needy. Raise up men of love and zeal to preach the Gospel to all those who are in need of the hope of salvation. Eugene de Mazenod understood your love for all your children and was generous in their service. May there be many who would share his vision and give themselves selflessly as Oblates of Mary Immaculate. 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 second day

VOCATION :- THE SENDING

Leader:The harvest is great, the workers, few.

Jesus said: “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers to the harvest”.

Readings:

Reading #1: From the Gospel of Matthew:

Jesus said “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations; baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And look, I am with you always; yes, to the end of time”.

Reading #2:Eugene de Mazenod, Founder of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate wrote:

"If priests could be formed, afire with zeal for men's salvation, solidly grounded in virtue - in a word, apostolic men deeply conscious of the need to reform themselves, who would labor with all the resources at their command to convert others - then there would be ample reason to believe that in a short while people who had gone astray might be brought back to the long neglected duties of religion, We pledge ourselves to all the works of zeal that priestly charity can inspire... We must spare no effort to extend the Savior's Empire and destroy the dominion of hell,"

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 God, Father, through the intercession of Saint Eugene de Mazenod, founder of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, we pray that there would be many more young men willing to give their lives in service of the Gospel. Send workers into your vineyard in these days when the harvest is great but the workers are few. We make our prayer though 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 third day

VOCATION - THE CHALLENGE

 

LeaderJesus  said: "You did not choose me, I chose  you... to go forth and bear fruit in abundance".

Readings:

Reading #1:  From St. Paul's Letter to the Romans

All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved. How are they to call on Him if they do not believe? How can they believe in Him if they have never heard of Him? How can they hear of Him unless someone preaches? And how will there be preachers unless they be sent? Scripture says: 'How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.' Faith comes through the Word of God.

Reading #2:  From Pope Paul VI's writings

Like Christ, the Church sees before her an immense multitude of people who need the Gospel and have a right to it, for God "wants everyone to be saved and come to knowledge of the truth."

The Church has a duty to preach salvation to all. The Gospel message is not reserved to a small group of the elect or privileged but is destined for everyone. There is anguish in the Church of Christ because there are exhausted crowds like sheep without a shepherd who hunger for the liberating word of God that offers hope and life. The word of God must be spoken, shared, proclaimed and lived.

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 of joyful hope and faithful love: you call us to share fully in the mission of your Son. In this time of great promise and change inspire us to be witnesses to the power and presence of Jesus. May we love and respect all you have created and be disciples of the Good News especially among the dispossessed. Guided by the Holy Spirit, may others be inspired to leave everything for the Gospel, by becoming Oblates of Mary Immaculate. 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

 

(Source: www.omiworld.org)

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