“Almighty ever-living God, lead us to a share in the joys of heaven,
so that the humble flock may reach where the brave Shepherd has gone before.”
- From the Collect for the Fourth Sunday of Easter
The Fourth Sunday of Easter is known as Vocations Sunday or Good Shepherd Sunday, and is marked as the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The purpose of this day is to fulfil Jesus' instruction to “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:38). While appreciating all vocations, the Church concentrates her attention on raising up shepherds for God's people - vocations to Holy Orders (the priesthood and diaconate) and to the religious life - while encouraging all who are discerning their vocation to pray more earnestly that they may hear and respond to God's call.
The Diocesan Vocations Office produces materials for our parishes, schools and universities to mark this day. Physical copies of posters and prayer cards are sent to parishes and schools in the diocese and digital copies can be downloaded below.
Prayer for Vocations Sunday 2020
we thank you for the witness and ministry
of the bishops, priests and deacons
and consecrated men and women
in the Archdiocese of Birmingham.
Continue to send labourers into your harvest.
Inspire the hearts of your people
to answer your call to the priesthood, the diaconate
and to the religious life.
Bless our families
with a spirit of generosity
and may those you call have the courage
to give themselves to your Church in faith.
Send your Holy Spirit upon me
to guide me in my own vocation.
Enlighten my mind to show me what you want of me;
fill my heart with the determination
to answer your call in faith, hope and love.
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Vocations Sunday 2021 will be marked on 25th April.
To share with young people.