Prayers For Deacons
Lord Jesus, you came to serve, not to be served,
form within us your generous spirit;
Fill us with your love,
that we may love the Father as your love him.
Fill us with your compassion,
that we may see our brothers and sisters
as you see them.
Fill us with your courage,
that we may give our lives in service to the Church
as you gave your life for her.
Fill us with that Spirit which will make us
preachers of your Word,
ministers of your Sacrifice,
servants of your Bride,
friends of the poor,
and the voice of the forgotten.
Transform us through your Holy Spirit
so that we may transform the world into
Your Kingdom of justice and faith.
Fr. Benedict D. O'Cinnsealaigh,
Director of Diaconate Formation
Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Prayer To The Blessed Virgin Mary
Who as teacher of faith, by your obedience to the
word of God, has co-operated in a remarkable way with
the work of redemption, make the ministry of deacons
effective by teaching them to hear the Word and
to proclaim it faithfully.
Teacher of charity, who by your total openness to
God's call, has co-operated in bringing to birth all the
Church's faithful, make the ministry and the life of
deacons fruitful by teaching them to give themselves
totally to the service of the People of God.
Teacher of prayer, who through your maternal
intercession has supported and helped the Church
from her beginnings, make deacons always attentive to
the needs of the faithful by teaching them to come to
know the value of prayer.
Teacher of humility, by constantly knowing yourself
to be the servant of the Lord you were filled with the
Holy Spirit, make deacons docile instruments in
Christ's work of redemption by teaching them the
greatness of being the least of all.
Teacher of that service which is hidden, who by your
everyday and ordinary life filled with love, knew how to
co-operate with the salvific plan of God in an exemplary
fashion, make deacons good and faithful servants, by
teaching them the joy of serving the Church with an ardent love.