For Schools

“It is no surprise that where people pray fervently, vocations flourish.” – Pope Benedict XVI

Consecrate Your Classroom to Mary, Queen of Vocations

Student Leader: We pray through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary that Jesus will call at least one girl from this class to be a religious sister, and at least one boy to be a brother or priest.

Class prays together The Memorare:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that anyone who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help, or sought thy intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee,
O Virgin of virgins, my mother;
to thee do I come, before thee I stand,
sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions,
but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

 

Classroom Crucifix for Vocations

The School Traveling Crucifix Program provides students with a significant focal point for daily prayer in the classroom—and for conversation about the importance of vocations.

A beautiful crucifix is selected to “travel” to different classrooms in a school, with each class committing to host the crucifix for one week and to pray daily for vocations.

This is a wonderful—and easy-to-organize—way to involve students in praying for vocations, and to unite the school in perpetual prayer for priests and consecrated life. This program and a similar one for parishes and dioceses have enjoyed growing popularity around the country.

Serra International, the Global global lay vocations apostolate, has lots of information about the program on their Serra Spark website.

Here are more resources for the classroom, especially helpful during National Vocation Awareness Week, which is the first full week in November each year.