Prayer before the private recitation of the Office
Lord, open my lips to praise your holy name. Cleanse my heart of any worthless, evil or distracting thoughts. Give me the wisdom and love necessary to pray this Office with attention, reverence and devotion. Father, let my prayer be heard in your presence, for it is offered through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer For Priests
Loving Father, your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, since the time of the Apostles, has chosen special friends from among his disciples and sent them to continue the work you entrusted to him. Through the intercession of Our Lady, strengthen them with your Spirit and conform them fully to the image of your Son. Make them worthy ministers of your Word and Sacraments. Protect them from evil. Sustain them in adversity. Make them fruitful branches of the Vine. In their ministry to us may we experience your Fatherly care. Through them, may the world come to believe and in believing, find eternal life. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Prayer to St. Joseph
Loving Father, you entrusted your Son and Mary his mother to the care of St. Joseph, and you have given him to us as Patron of our Province, and our OCDS Community. Through his intercession, we ask you to pour out your Holy Spirit upon us. Give us wisdom and understanding to do your will and grow in love for one another. Send us vocations to continue your work in the Church. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for our Brothers in Formation
Lord Jesus, you remain the example and strength of all who would follow you. Our brothers who are now in formation are in need of your support. Grant them knowledge in their learning, hope in their future, joy as they unselfishly dedicate themselves to your holy will, and life and love as they discover their commitment to You.
The challenges of perseverance and fidelity are great. Through the intercession of St Teresa and St John, may they have the determined determination to pursue your call and to stand confident in their faith. Help us to support them, especially through our prayers. Together, may we be instruments of growth for your kingdom, now and forever. Amen.
Prayer for Vocations to Carmel
O God, who did fill the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the spirit of interior prayer, inspire in the hearts of many young people a vocation to her Order of Carmel, that they may plentifully receive of this spirit and generously communicate it to others. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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