Prayer Service: Repentence and Dedication

by Jean Grant

St. John Vianney (1786-1859) gave us an example of how those in consecrated life influence the people of the Body of Christ to repent for sins and reconcile with God and neighbor.

In more recent years, Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity devoted themselves to helping the world’s most forgotten souls. Gather at the prayer table which has been covered by a purple cloth and has a crucifix displayed.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Leader: Dear Jesus, we know your days of ministry were short. You guided us to pray, fast, and share alms, goods, or service. As your church grew through the years, those devoting themselves to consecrated life became models for us.

Reader #1: Read Luke 18:22-24

All: We love you, Jesus, Our Savior.

Leader: St. John Vianney used the gift of priesthood to open a school and an orphanage and to encourage prayer and penance. People came from all over to go to confession and be given absolution by him. More than 300 visitors a day confessed their sins and asked for forgiveness. Sometimes St. John Vianney would listen to repentant sinners 12 to 16 hours a day. He used his vocation to share love and save souls.

Reader #2: Read Matthew 22:37-40

All: Thank you, Jesus, Our Savior, for priests who share your gift of reconciliation with us.

Leader: Mother Teresa struggled with her path as a nun in consecrated life. After beginning as a Sister of Loreto, she founded the Missionaries of Charity. Mother Teresa founded orphanages and institutions to care for the dying in the streets of Calcutta and around the world. Sometimes she envied those who always enjoyed a spiritual closeness to Jesus. The sisters and Mother Teresa professed vows of chastity, poverty, obedience, and a fourth vow to give free service to the poorest people.

Reader #3: Read John 6:35-40

All: We pray from the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-12)
“Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter
all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.’” Amen . . . I believe!

Source: Today’s Catholic Teacher, March 2015