11 May 2020 : Vocations Novena - Day 8
Jesus taught us to pray for vocations. He said, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest,” (Matthew 9:37-38). In response to Jesus, we pray this Eucharistic novena (i.e., a devotion consisting of nine days of prayer) for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. May our Eucharistic Lord Jesus Christ continue to inspire many dedicated Christians to imitate Him by offering the gift of themselves in loving service to God in the Church as priests and religious.
Master of the harvest…hear our prayer!
1 Daily Reading From Scripture
Jesus is the Bread of Life
So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
2 Daily Novena Prayer
Almighty and Eternal God,
your only Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
on the night before he died,
offered the Church the gift of the Eucharist:
the Sacrament of His Body and Blood.
May we celebrate this sacred Mystery worthily
and adore it profoundly.
Help us to imitate Jesus your Son
by offering the gift of our lives
in loving service to your Church.
Inspire many people to prophetically live a Eucharistic life
as priests, brothers, and sisters.
This we pray through the same Christ our Lord. Amen
Now please pray so that I may respond to such a beautiful vocation; that, like the Bread of the Sacrifice, I may lose my life, my substance, my personality, to be changed into the spirit and life of Jesus. – St. Peter Julian Eymard,