The Adoption Kit is one of the unique things about our Adopt-a-Seminarian ministry. The kit includes the following items (for more detail, check out the 3 sections below where you'll find a description of each):
Thank you so much for
praying for your seminarian! You're also welcome to join us in praying
the Adopt-a-Seminarian prayer found on our prayer card at the right.
This prayer, approved by our Pray4Priests.com spiritual director, Very Reverend Herbert T. Burke, V. F., is intentionally Scriptural in nature. It begins by speaking to the Lord Jesus of His own words that we find in the Gospels ("Come, follow me" in John 21, and "praying to the Lord of the harvest" in Matthew 9).
The prayer then transitions to petitioning God, the Father, who is "the Lord of the harvest", on behalf of the adopted seminarian. This type of prayer is called "intercession", and the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains it thus:
"Intercession is a prayer of petition which leads us to pray as Jesus did. He is the one intercessor with the Father on behalf of all men, especially sinners. He is able for all time to save those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. The Holy Spirit himself intercedes for us . . . and intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
Since Abraham, intercession - asking on behalf of another - has been characteristic of a heart attuned to God's mercy. In the age of the Church, Christian intercession participates in Christ's, as an expression of the communion of saints. In intercession, he who prays looks not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others..." (CCC #2634-2635)
Other Scriptural references in this prayer include: