In a few weeks time, the Vocations Ministry of the Clifton Diocese is inviting us all to get involved with 24 Hours for Vocations (24H4V).
24H4V is a prayer campaign focusing on praying for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life within Clifton Diocese, as well as praying for our seminarians and the vocation of all the baptised. Fr Matt Anscombe, Vocations Director for Clifton Diocese, explains:
“Once a year we have the special opportunity of praying for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life on Good Shepherd Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Easter. This year this falls on Sunday 7th May. In advance of this date, I am hoping that parishes and parishioners will be thinking about how they might engage in this campaign. There are prayer booklets available to every parish of the diocese, and priests have been made aware of these and the rationale behind this venture”.
Fr Matt explains further that 24H4V is not all about sitting around and praying, albeit that this is a good thing! After all, many of us work and don’t have a lot of time to spend in prayer. However, Fr Matt suggests that we might offer a day’s work or some activity or other for these intentions:
“So, you work 9 to 5, or you do shifts, like the majority of the world? Getting to the parish church for an extended period of prayer is not that easy? Well, why not spend a little time reading the prayer intentions from the booklets and then saying to the Lord, wholeheartedly, ‘I offer you this day’s work for all of these intentions. May my labours this day be linked in with all the offerings of the diocese for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. Unite my joys and sorrows to you today for the sake of this special campaign’.
It’s amazing what we will be able to achieve in 24 hours with this campaign. I will be riding 200 miles from London to Paris in under 24 hours and will offer the highs and lows of this big effort for all the intentions in the 24H4V booklet”
We’ll hear more from Fr Matt in a couple of weeks time as he prepares for his 24H4V bike ride. In the meantime, start planning your prayers times or start focusing on when you’ll offer your 24 hours for vocations.