FOR THE PRIESTS AND ALTAR SERVERS
Pope Francis in the message to the Congress participants “Horizons and Hopes” says:
Vocation Promotion has to be YOUTHFUL. We cannot treat young people as if they are not such. Our youth pastoral must be marked by the following notes: dynamic, participatory, joyful, hopeful, risky, confident, and always full of God, who is what a youth most needs to fill their just yearnings for plenitude; full of Jesus who is the only Way they must follow, the only Truth to which they are called to adhere, the only Life for which it is worthwhile to give all (Cf. John 1:35ff).
God, our Father, You care for Your people and send them spiritual Shepherds. Grant Your Church the Spirit of piety and strength and raise in her worthy Servants of the Altar; grant them the grace to be brave and humble heralds of Your Gospel. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer of the Holy Father, Pope Francis
Lord Jesus, Your Church turns her attention to all young people of the world. We pray that they might boldly take courage of their lives, aim for the most beautiful and profound things of life and always keep their hearts unencumbered.
Accompanied by wise and generous guides, help them respond to the call You make to each of them, to realize a proper plan of life and achieve happiness. Keep their hearts open to dreaming great dreams and make them concerned for the good of others.
Like the Beloved Disciple, may they stand at the foot of the Cross, to receive Your Mother as a gift from You. May they be witnesses to Your Resurrection and be aware that You are at their side as they joyously proclaim You as Lord. Amen.
Prayer of Surrender
I surrender to You, Lord, my life; make it fruitful.
I surrender to You, Lord, my will; make it according to Your will.
Take my hands and make them embracing.
Take my heart and enkindle it.
Take my feet and do not let them be tired.
Take my eyes and make them transparent.
Take my everyday moments and make them new.
Take my tiredness and it be Yours.
Take my ways and make them Your way.
Take my lies and make them truth.
Take my death and make it a life.
Take my obedience and make it delight.
Take my nothingness and make from it what pleases You.
Take my family and make it Yours.
Take my friends and make them Yours.
Take my sins, my lack of love, and my constant disappointments.
Take my crosses and let me to spread my wings.
Take my dried flowers and let me be free.
Renew me in giving, in joy of self-giving, in unlimited giving of my life, and to wear myself out in Your service. Amen.