In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd. This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. Usually within parish communities, the celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following Sunday in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church.
Even though World Day for Consecrated Life is celebrated on February 2nd, this year it or the Feast Day are observed in most parishes on this weekend, February 4-5, 2017. Please pray for all who have made commitments in the consecrated life, especially our Franciscan Friars Conventual – specifically the friars of Our Lady of the Angels Province. Consider taking a moment to thank them on their special day.
On the eve of the 2017 World Day of Consecrated Life, this year, Pope Francis asked people to pray for all those in Religious and Consecrated Life, who have been called to profess the evangelical counsels. At this Wednesday General Audience, in anticipation of Thursday’s celebration of the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and the World Day of Consecrated Life, the Holy Father said: “I ask you to pray for the priests, sisters, and brothers belonging to contemplative and apostolic Religious Institutes. Their life dedicated to the Lord, and their charismatic service, will bear abundant fruit for the good of the faithful, and for the evangelizing mission of the Church.” The pope also asked us to pray that “through their witness of life, they may radiate to the world the love of Christ and the grace of the Gospel.”
May all women and men in consecrated life continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God’s gift of vocation!
PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL:
~ For those consecrated to God by the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience that they may seek to live their baptismal promises more intensely and have the grace to persevere in their commitment to the Lord and serve with open hearts and willing spirits. We pray to the Lord…
~For those who have responded to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to be a consecrated person that they may experience the support of the Church as they continue their growth in holiness. We pray to the Lord…
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