Parish Vocation Committees
Parish Vocation Committees
Holy Hour for Vocations Guide
Holy Hour for Vocations Guide

Holy Hour For Priestly and Religious Vocations

Parishes can raise awareness about and encourage priestly and religious vocations by holding a “Holy Hour” in their church. This guide is an adaptation of a program from Catholic vocations group SERRA (see www.serraus.org for more information on this wonderful volunteer organization).

Advertising your Holy Hour

To help insure a good turnout for your event, advertise it well in advance. Place announcements in your parish bulletin in the three weeks leading up to the Holy Hour. If your bulletin carries a listing of the upcoming week’s events, make sure it is entered there as well.

Place some posters announcing it in the church, parish center, school, etc. The posters can be fairly simple. One parish put the scripture passage “PRAY… PRAY…TO THE LORD OF THE HARVEST TO SENT WORKERS INTO HIS FIELDS!!!” at the top of the poster. In the middle it read “A HOLY HOUR TO PRAY FOR VOCATIONS TO THE PRIESTHOOD AND RELIGIOUS LIFE.” At the bottom, the information regarding date, time and location were given. It concluded with “PLEASE COME–YOUR PRESENCE AND YOUR PRAYERFULNES ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO THIS CAUSE!” This is just one example for a poster, but you could do it in a number of ways.

Special Invitations

Invite the clergy and religious in the surrounding area to your event. The office for your parish should have a Diocese directory where you can find the names, numbers and addresses for priests and religious in neighboring parishes.


Holy Hour for Vocations to the Priesthood and the Religious Life

Program Guide

OPENING SONG (O SALUTORIS HOSTIA):

O SAVING VICTIM, OPEN WIDE
THE GATE OF HEAV’N TO US BELOW,
OUR FOES PRESS ON FROM EV’RY SIDE;
YOUR AID SUPPLY, YOUR STRENGTH BESTOW.

TO YOUR GREAT NAME BE ENDLESS
IMMORTAL GODHEAD, ONE IN THREE;
GRANT US, FOR ENDLESS LENGTH OF DAYS,
IN OUR TRUE NATIVE LAND TO BE. AMEN.

Celebrant: All praise, honor and glory be to God the Father, through Jesus Christ, our Savior, and his Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Celebrant: God our Father, give to our hearts the light of faith and the fire of love, so that we may worship You in a spirit of truth, our God and Lord, present in this sacrament, who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

All: Amen.

Celebrant: Lord Jesus, our prayers and worship this evening are sincerely and fervently directed to you, requesting that many of the faithful will answer Your call to serve You as a priest or religious.

All: Amen.


Prayers to Christ the King

Celebrant: Bless, Lord, Our Holy Catholic Church.

All: Grant her peace and watch over her all over the world.

Celebrant: Bless our Holy Father, Pope __________, Our beloved Bishop ____________, and the priests and religious of our diocese, and all other priests and religious everywhere. Renew them today in your Holy Spirit.

All: We beseech You, hear us.

Celebrant: Bless all men studying in seminaries. Give them perseverance in the pursuit of their vocation. Let them be the light and salt of the earth!

All: We beseech You, hear us.

Celebrant: Bless those in positions of authority, all those who direct us in the Apostolate on the national, diocesan or parochial levels.

All: We beseech You, hear us.

Celebrant: Bless our country–Make it vibrantly apostolic! Bless our President and all those who govern us.

All: We beseech You, hear us.

Celebrant: Bless our Catholic endeavors to protect life from the moment of conception until we are called from this life by you.

All: We beseech You, hear us.

Celebrant: Bless all who have gone before us, who nourished us both physically and spiritually, giving us examples of generosity and compassion in the gift of our faith.

All: We beseech You, hear us.

Celebrant: Bless all of us here, make us holy and pleasing in your sight. Give us the courage to be instruments of your will every day.

All: We beseech You, hear us.

Celebrant: Bless our families, our studies, our work, and our play. Everything that is ours.

All: We beseech You, hear us.

Celebrant: Bless the parents and families of young men and women discerning God’s call. Give them a spirit of love and encouragement.

All: We beseech You, hear us.

Celebrant: Bless, Lord, the sick, the poor, those in jail, and all who suffer and are in danger.

All: We beseech You, hear us.

Celebrant: Bless those who are hungry, those who need shelter, and those who are in need of medical attention.

All: We beseech You, hear us.

Celebrant: Bless those who lack courage when challenged to live their faith, and those in most need of Your Grace.

All: We beseech You, hear us.

Celebrant: For the intentions of our Holy Father.

All: We beseech You, hear us.

Celebrant: For the intentions of our bishop.

All: We beseech You, hear us.

Celebrant: For the intentions of our parish priest.

All: We beseech You, hear us.

Celebrant: For our own special intentions.

All: We beseech You, hear us.

Celebrant: Sacred Heart of Christ the King, behold us at your feet, adoring your divine splendor. With deep gratitude we realize that you have chosen us, from among many, to be yours–really yours, Lord! And through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin, Our Mother, we consecrate ourselves to you. We want our souls to be immersed in Grace at all times. Give us the strength to bear our cross all through life. We want, Lord, to go against the current and follow you, who are the way, the truth, and the life. Lord Jesus, teach us to pray. Give us a taste for the Holy Eucharist. Teach us to Preach you by our example and in conversation. Grant, Lord, that we may open the door of your Grace to all who are in need of it. Amen.


Scripture

Reader: A reading from the beginning of the book of the prophet Jeremiah:

The word of the Lord came to me thus: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” “Ah, Lord God!” I said, “I know not how to speak; I am too young.” But the Lord answered me, “Say not ‘I am too young.’ To whomever I send you, you shall go; whatever I command you, you shall speak. Have no fear before them, because I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.” Then the Lord extended his hand and touched my mouth, saying, “See, I place my words in your mouth! This day I set you over nations and over kingdoms, to root up and to tear down, to destroy and to demolish, to build and to plan.”

The Word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

Reader: The Responsorial Psalm, Go Out to All the World and Tell the Good News.

All: Go Out to All the World and Tell the Good News.

Reader: Praise the Lord, all you nations; Glorify Him, all you peoples!

All: Go Out to All the World and Tell the Good News.

Reader: For steadfast is His kindness toward us, And the fidelity of the Lord endures forever.

All: Go Out to All the World and Tell the Good News.

Reader: A reading from the first letter of Peter. Remain calm so that you will be able to pray. Above all, let your love for one another be constant, for love covers a multitude of sins. Be mutually hospitable without complaining. As generous distributors of God’s manifold Grace, put your gifts at the service of one another, each in the measure he has received. The one who speaks is to deliver God’s message. The one who serves is to do it with the strength provided by God. Thus, in all of you God is do be glorified through Jesus Christ; to Him be glory and dominion throughout the ages. Amen. The Word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

Celebrant: A reading from the Holy Gospel, According to Luke

All: Glory to you, O Lord.

Celebrant: Jesus appointed a further 72 and sent them in pairs before him to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them “The harvest is rich but the workers are few; therefore, ask the Harvest-Master to send workers to his harvest. Be on your way, and remember: I am sending you as lambs in the midst of wolves. Do not carry a walking staff or traveling bag; wear no sandals and greet no one along the way. On entering any house, first say ‘Peace to this house.’ If there is a peaceable man there, your peace will rest on him; If not, it will come back to you. Stay in one house eating and drinking what they have, for the laborer is worth his wage. Do not move from house to house. “In whatever city you go, after they welcome you, eat what they set before you, and cure the sick there. Say to them ‘The Reign of God is at hand.’ If the people of any town you enter do not welcome you, go into its streets and say, ‘We shake the dust of this town from our feet as testimony against you. But know that the Reign of God is near.’ I assure you, on that day, the fate of Sodom will be less severe than that of such a town.” The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.


Homily

(Period of Silence Follows) Litany.

CELEBRANT:
Lord, Have Mercy
Christ, Have Mercy
Lord, Have Mercy

Christ, hear us

God, Our Father, in Heaven
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world
God, the Holy Spirit
Holy Trinity, One God

Holy Mary
Holy Mother of God
Holy Virgin of Virgins
Mother Christ
Mother of Divine Grace
Mother Most Pure
Mother Most Chaste
Mother Inviolate
Mother Undefiled
Mother of Good Counsel
Mother of Our Creator
Mother of Our Savior
Virgin most Prudent
Virgin most Venerable
Virgin most Renowned
Virgin most Merciful
Virgin most Faithful
Mirror of Justice
Seat of Wisdom
Cause of Our Joy
Health of the Sick
Refuge of Sinners
Comforter of the Afflicted
Help of Christians
Queen of Angels
Queen of Patriarchs
Queen of Prophets
Queen of Apostles
Queen of Martyrs
Queen of Confessors
Queen Conceived without original sin
Queen Assumed into Heaven
Queen of the Holy Rosary
Queen of Peace

St. Michael
St. Gabriel
St. Raphael

St. John the Baptist
St. Joseph
St. Peter
St. Paul
St. Andrew
St. James
St. John
St. Thomas
St. Phillip
St. Bartholomew
St. Matthew
St. Simon
St. Jude Thaddeus
St. Barnabas
St. Luke
St. Mark
All you Holy Apostles & Evangelists

St. Stephen
St. Lawrence
St. Vincent
Sts. Cosmos and Damian
All you Holy Martyrs
St. Sylvester
St. Gregory
St. Ambrose
St. Augustine
St. Jerome
St. Martin
St. Nicholas
All you Holy Bishops and Confessors

St. Anthony
St. Benedict
St. Dominic
St. Francis
All you Holy Monks and Hermits

St. Mary Magdalen
St. Agatha
St. Lucy
St. Cecelia
St. Catherine
St. Anastasia
St. Martha
St. Therese Little Flower
St. Rose
St. Helen
St. Teresa of Avila
All you Holy Women

St. John Vianney
All You Holy Priests
All You Holy Religious
All You Holy Men and Women

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world

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Lord, Have Mercy
Christ, Have Mercy
Lord, Have Mercy

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Spare us, O Lord
Graciously hear us, O Lord
Have Mercy on us

Celebrant: Grant, we beseech you, O Lord, that through the intercessions of your saints you hear, and answer our prayers. We are in need of an increase in vocations to your priesthood in the archdiocese of Cincinnati. We are ever mindful that it is through your priests that the faithful are nourished with your body and blood and your continued work of salvation is accomplished on earth. We are confident you hear and will answer our prayers. We are eternally grateful for those presently serving our archdiocese and we ask your choicest blessings upon them. Amen.


Prayer for Vocations

All: O Divine Jesus. You who taught us to pray to the Lord of the harvest that he send laborers into the harvest, grant to the Church in this archdiocese and throughout the world, many holy priests and religious. May they dedicate their talents, their strength, and their zeal to the salvation of souls and the Glory of Your Father. If it should so please you to choose one from our home to be a priest, brother or sister, we would thank you now and for all eternity.

For our Present Bishops, Priests, Brothers, Sisters, Deacons, Seminarians and Novices

Celebrant: Almighty God, Look upon the face of Him who is the eternal High Priest, and have compassion on your Bishops, Priests, Brothers, Sisters, Deacons, Seminarians and Novices in today’s world. Remember that they are but weak and frail human beings. Stir up in them the grace of their vocation. Keep them close to you lest the enemy prevail against them, so that they may never do anything in the slightest degree unworthy of their sublime vocation.

O Jesus, we pray for your faithful and fervent priests and religious, for the unfaithful and tepid ones; For those laboring at home and for those who are lonely and desolate; For those who are in Purgatory.

But above all, we recommend to you the priests dearest to us; the Priest who baptized us; the Priests who absolved us from our sins; the priests at whose Holy Masses we have assisted and who instructed us or helped us by their encouragement. We pray devoutly for all the priests to whom we are indebted in any other way. O Jesus, keep them all close to your heart and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity.

All: Amen.

Celebrant: Mary, Queen of the Clergy


Adoration Follows

Tantem Ergo Sacramentum

Down in adoration falling,
This great Sacrament we hail;
Over ancient forms of worship
Newer rites of grace prevail;
Faith will tell us Christ is present
When our human senses fail.
And the Son who made us free,
And the Spirit, God proceeding
From them Each eternally,
Be salvation, honor, blessing,
Might and endless Majesty. Amen.

Celebrant: You have given them bread from heaven.

All: Having all sweetness within it.

Celebrant: Lord Jesus Christ, you gave us the Eucharist as the memorial of your suffering and death. May our worship of this Sacrament of you Body and Blood help us to experience the salvation you won for us and the peace of the kingdom, where you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever.

All: Amen.

The celebrant then blesses the people with the Eucharist, kneels and together they all say the Divine Praises:

Blessed be God. Blessed be His Holy Name. Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man. Blessed be the name of Jesus. Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart. Blessed be His Most Precious Blood. Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.

Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary Most Holy. Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception. Blessed be her glorious Assumption. Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother. Blessed be Joseph, her most chaste spouse. Blessed be God in his angels and in his saints.

Celebrant: May the heart of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament be praised, adored and loved with grateful affection at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time.

All: Amen.

Closing Hymn (Holy God, We Praise Thy Name)

Holy God, we praise Thy Name;
Lord of all, we bow before Thee;
All on earth, thy scepter claim,
All in Heaven above adore Thee.
Infinite, Thy vast domain,
Everlasting is they reign!
Angel choirs above are raising;
Cherubim and seraphim,
In unceasing chorus praising,
Fill the Heavens with sweet accord;
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord!
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