For Vocation Directors

#08 Rosary Before Ordination

Summary

Church leaders have long urged the faithful to pray for vocations.  Having the people who are assembled for an ordination Mass say a rosary before the ordination Mass begins is a powerful example of such prayer.

The Serra-U.S. Council has developed a template for this effort which includes a rosary that takes about 25 minutes to pray—and it is prayed with the intention of the seminarians being ordained.   The introduction and conclusion to the rosary can be personalized for whichever vocations-related group is leading the rosary at the ordination Mass.

The request to lead the rosary is made to the diocese in question at a time that's well ahead of the date of the ordination Mass.  A request for the rosary might be more favorably received if made the vocation director, or by the family of one of the seminarians being ordained—or by one of the seminarians themselves.

 

Program Outline

  • Church leaders have long urged the faithful to pray for vocations
  • Having people who are assembled for an ordination Mass say a rosary before that Mass is a powerful example of such prayer
  • Serra-US Council template for this effort includes a rosary that takes about 25 minutes to pray
  • Intention is for the seminarians who are about to be ordained
  • Rosary can be personalized with number being ordained, etc.
  • Intro and conclusion can be personalized for different vocations groups
  • Put in the request with the diocese well ahead of the date of the ordination Mass
  • A request for the rosary might be more favorably received if made the vocation director, or by the family of one of the seminarians being ordained—or by one of the seminarians

 

Implementation

 

 

Using Serrans/Volunteers:

  • Coordination with Serra Club and representative who will approach diocese for permission to have Rosary said before ordination Mass
  • Leading Rosary

 

 

Using Serrans/Volunteers:

  • Publicizing the event
  • Obtaining an appropriate facility
  • Preparing and serving food for the retreat if needed
  • Underwriting costs of retreat for retreatants

 

Other Resources

Serra suggests following these steps in organizing a rosary before an ordination:

  1. Contact the diocese to see who organizes their ordination activities
  2. Contact the individual in charge of organizing—and ask them if your group could lead a rosary for vocations before the ordination Mass.  (You could share the script so the individual knows it is good.)  Also—rely on any contacts you might have in the diocese or diocesan office to help make this happen:
    1. If there is a person who has a family member who's being ordained, they would be the perfect person to ask the diocese for permission for your group to lead the rosary
    2. If you know the seminarians well, one of them could be asked to make the request
  3. Ask by what time the rosary would need to be completed
  4. The Serra-US Council Rosary before Ordination (see below) takes 25 minutes and has as its intention the men being ordained
  5. When choosing a leader for the rosary, pick someone who speaks well and who can handle the microphone.  It is also recommended that an individual be assigned to station themselves at the front of the worship space of the church in order to signal the leader if he/she is not speaking loudly enough or is going too slow/too fast
  6. Personalize the introduction and conclusion of the rosary with brief remarks about your vocations group (i.e., introduce your group by name, explain its mission, etc.)
  7. Email the personalized script to the rosary leader ahead of time so he/she can practice.
  8. Have participants arrive 15 minutes before the rosary is scheduled to be said—and designate someone to be prepared as a backup to the leader, in case of illness or another unforeseen issue.

A ROSARY TO BE USED BEFORE AN ORDINATION

INTRO:

Please join us in this rosary interceding for the young men who will be ordained today.  [INSERT A BRIEF, PERSONALIZED INTRODUCTION OF YOUR ORGANIZATION HERE.]  With this rosary, we call down showers of graces upon the priesthood and these men who will become priests today.

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

The Apostle's Creed:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

Our Father…for the virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity in our priests…3 Hail Marys…Glory Be

O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.

FIRST LUMINOUS MYSTERY--   The Baptism of Our Lord

Eternal Father, You blessed Jesus at the moment of His baptism in the Jordan.  Bless also these men who will be ordained here today.  Dear Lord, speak to their hearts the words they long to hear:  “You are my beloved sons—in whom I am well pleased.”

Our Father…Hail Marys….Glory Be

O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.

SECOND LUMINOUS MYSTERY  -- Jesus at the Wedding of Cana

The miracle at Cana shows the obedience and humility of Jesus, whose heart is always engaged in missionary zeal.  Help our new priests to discern the gentle nudge of our Mother Mary, who will prompt them to act with the Holy Spirit.

Our Father…Hail Marys….Glory Be

O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.

THIRD LUMINOUS MYSTERY—The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God

Heavenly Father, let nothing smother the zeal for the truth in our new priests.  Let the faithful see in their priests the harmony of what they say and live.  Transform their minds and hearts so that their only proclamation is of Jesus, the Church, and the Kingdom of God.

Our Father…Hail Marys….Glory Be

O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.

FOURTH LUMINOUS MYSTERY—The Transfiguration of Our Lord

Men who embrace the priestly vocation are heeding the command of the Father.  They are listening to the Son of God calling them to a life of service in the Church.  May a ray of the shining light that Peter, James, and John saw during the Transfiguration pierce the hearts of our priests, confirm their vocations, and strengthen them to be lights in our world.

Our Father…Hail Marys….Glory Be

O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.

FIFTH LUMINOUS MYSTERY—The Institution of the Holy Eucharist

Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper with his disciples—and He gave us the priesthood to bring his body and blood to us.  This Eucharistic Sacrifice is the source and summit of our faith and comes to us through the hands of our priest.  Lord, open the hearts of these men and capture them completely with your love.  Let us pray that these new priests place the Holy Eucharist at the center of their lives by the daily celebration and fervent devotion to our Eucharistic Lord.

Our Father…Hail Marys….Glory Be

O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.

Hail Holy Queen:

Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy—our life, our sweetness, and our hope.  To Thee do we cry, poor, banished children of Eve; to Thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.  Turn then, most gracious advocate, Thine eyes of mercy toward us—and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of Thy womb, Jesus.  O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!

The Memorare:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to Your protection, implored Your help, or sought Your intercession was left unaided.  Inspired with this confidence, we fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, our Mother.  To You do we come; before You we stand, sinful and sorrowful.  O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions, but in Your mercy, hear and answer us.  Amen.

CLOSING:

[INSERT PERSONALIZED MESSAGE FROM YOUR GROUP HERE…RESTATE ITS NAME AND MISSION, INVITE THE ASSEMBLED FAITHFUL TO CONSIDER JOINING YOUR GROUP, AND, FINALLY, ENCOURAGE THE ASSEMBLED FAITHFUL TO REGULARLY PRAY FOR VOCATIONS.]

 

 

 

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