The Adopt-a-Seminarian Prayer Card

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 below. 

This prayer, composed by our spiritual director, 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:

  • Referring to Jesus by his title of “Great High Priest” (Hebrews 4:14-16)
  • Asking for strength in temptation (I. Corinthians 10:13)
  • The importance of obedience to God's Word, as this keeps us from sin (Psalm 119:11)
  • The offering of spiritual sacrifices as part of our responsibilities as participants in Christ’s royal priesthood (I. Peter 2:5)
  • Jesus as the “Light of the World” (John 8:12), a title by which he referred to Himself.

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