Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Praying for Vocations

I'm totally convinced that the most important thing we can do to promote vocations in the diocese is to pray for them. After all, Our Lord himself instructs his disciples to "Ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into his harvest". We can organise all sorts of different events, from vocations retreats to publicity campaigns, but unless these are based on the bedrock of prayer I can't see how they will be successful. Vocations are the work of God's grace not some clever marketing technique!
Every single person in the diocese who supports our work with their prayer is contributing to its success. Because we have a pragmatic side to our character, in England we tend to measure success in terms of numbers. But it's not a question of numbers - if only one person turns up for a Vocations Holy Hour, that is an hour of prayer that wouldn't otherwise have taken place.

I was very pleased recently to receive an email from Fr Julian Shurgold telling me that in his parish there will be a Holy Hour for Vocations every Sunday during Lent. Fr Shurgold is parish priest of the Holy Family parish in Sutton Green. The Hour begins at 3.00pm with Exposition, followed by silence with Vespers [Evening Prayer] & Benediction beginning about 3.40. It will be over by 4.00pm.

If you are in the area one of these days please do pop over to the Holy Family and join them for one of these important Lenten Holy Hours.

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