World Day of Prayer for Vocations: "Vocations Sunday" May 7, 2017

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World Day of Prayer 2017

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WOW Advent Prayer 

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Women's Ordination Worldwide (WOW) Prayer

O Holy One, You who are Creator of all,
who made humanity in Your image

Saviour of all, who called women and men
to witness Your ministry, death and resurrection,

Inspirer of all who seek and serve,

We thank You for the women You have blessed with Your call
to celebrate the Eucharist,
to minister alongside their brothers in a renewed Roman Catholic Church.

We pray that the Church will soon welcome and nourish to the full
the gifts of women as priests, prophets and leaders,
knowing, as Mary of Nazareth knew,
that with You all things are possible.

Amen

Prayer for WOW's Third International Conference
Gender, the Gospel and Global Justice
Philadelphia 2015

We are mindful that Your Spirit, Loving Creator, has awakened in us and in those upon whose shoulders we stand, an awareness of Your Life and Voice within and around us. We listen, clothed in the sacred garments of the Good News of Jesus the Christ. We listen, assured that You have formed and gifted our hearts and minds for all that calls us forward. We listen, believing with gratitude, that you have prepared us for this moment in history when women shall stand firmly and fully in any and every dimension of ministry.

Help us, those who plan this important conference, and those who plan to participate in its offerings, to drink deeply of Your Wisdom and Vision as revealed in the Gospel. May that Cup of the Gospel assist us as we gather from around the globe to create a conference which will offer ways to seek and proclaim, and thereby reveal the Gospel pathway of justice for women and men, their children, people of faith everywhere, and for our living planet that nourishes all life dwelling upon it.

Our hope and our belief is that Your Justice will arise anew in every person attending this conference, and that this same Justice, in the power of Love, will fill willing hearts with courage and commitment to carry forth Love’s Light around this planet to wherever and whomever is in need of Light. Help us and all people whom we serve to immerse ourselves in the Gospel.

Amen

 

Edwina Gateley's: 'Mary  Magdalene'

 

Ah, Mary of Magdala,

they did not tell us

your story.

It was lost,

buried deep

in layers 

of fear and denial,

that such a one as you--

Female,

fiercely loyal friend of Jesus--

could walk so closely

with the Son of God.

 

He looked upon you, Mary,

and saw

your soul beauty

starved for light 

and voice. 

The man, Jesus,

capable like a lighting rod

of burning through darkness,

recognized you,

Mary of Magdala, 

as his own--

friend, companion, apostle.

 

You never left him, Mary,

faithful friend,

even as the authorities closed in--

 

Did your woman heart beat faster

as the crowds grew bigger

and his words spread 

through the land?

Did you nurture 

a fragile hope

that the crowds

would be raised up too

and throw off 

their demons of oppression?

You knew, Mary,

what that would mean,

you knew that life 

would never, ever, 

be the same again.

 

Others have lived your story,

the mothers and wives, 

the daughters and sisters 

of El Salvadore and Columbia,

Russia and Iraq,

Sudan and Bosnia,

Guatemala and South Africa,

and many, many more.

 

How was it with you, 

Mary of Magdala, 

standing in the place of revelation,

singular woman witness

of the Resurrection? 

How was it

to be bereft 

and then be thrust, still weeping,

into the Realm of God?

To run then , with that vision--

that news of life--

to those who live in fear?

 

We need to claim 

your vision

breaking through 

dead history

into our warm lives.

 

We need to find you,

Mary of Magdala.

 

In the torn threads 

of our own journeys,

we need to weave you, Mary,

sister and friend, 

into our lives

that we stir and rise.

 

Ah, Mary , brave woman of Magdala,

we too will run 

singing our song 

of resurrection

with you, soul sister, 

into the bright, 

bright sun.