Thursday, March 09, 2006

The Novena to Saint Patrick for Vocations...

...starts today, and concludes on March 17, the Feast of Saint Patrick, in the Archdiocese of Boston.


O glorious Saint Patrick, sent to the people of Ireland to spread the faith and who spent your life in loving service to God and His people: we now turn to you, Patron of Boston, to intercede for us.

Help us to clasp unto our hearts this day, the healing strength of the Trinity. May the example of your life, preaching, and prayers inspire fervent and loving followers of Jesus in our Archdiocese. May your prayers obtain for us the grace to work together in building up the Church in Boston.

Pray for us to be open to the Holy Spirit and to live the vocation to holiness by loving God above all things and our neighbors as ourselves.

Intercede for us with the Master of the Harvest to send an abundance of workers into the fields. May your prayers obtain for us devoted priests, deacons, and religious to serve God and His Church.