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February 17

Lent 2018

Saturday after Ash Wednesday


Take a couple minutes to read about the Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order, whom we celebrate today.


"God calls. We respond. . . . The Risen Lord calls everyone to labor in his vineyard, that is, in a world that must be transformed in view of the final coming of the Reign of God; and the Holy Spirit empowers all with the various gifts and ministries for the building up of the Body of Christ."

Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord, USCCB, 2005


The following prayer is one of the many USCCB prayers for vocations. Pray today for lay ministers in your community.

Loving and Generous God,
it is You who call us by name
and ask us to follow You.
Help us to grow in the Love
and service of our Church
as we experience it today.

Give us the energy and courage
of Your Spirit
to shape its future

Grant us faith-filled leaders
who will embrace Christ's mission
of love and justice.

Bless the Church of [N.]

by raising up dedicated and generous leaders
from our families and friends
who will serve Your people as Sisters,
Priests, Brothers, Deacons and Lay Ministers.

Inspire us to know You better
and open our hearts
to hear Your call.

We ask this through our Lord.


One of the seven founders of the Servite Order we read about today chose not to be ordained and served as a lay minister. Do you serve your church community? Brainstorm a list of ways you can be more involved.

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