Thursday, February 1, 2018

Celebrating Consecrated Life
                                                About World Day for Consecrated Life

In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd. This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. The celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following Sunday in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church.

World Day for Consecrated Life is celebrated on February 2nd however, it is observed in parishes on the Sunday after February 2nd. In 2018, this day is celebrated in parishes on February 3-4 and in 2019 it will be celebrated February 2-3.

JOIN US in prayer as we celebrate the gift of Consecrated Life for the People of God and the world today.

GO FORTH!  Remember the beauty of your first call.  Jesus continues to call you today with the same full love and untamed grace.

GO FORTH!  There is always more to do, to encounter, to be grateful for, to be astonished by.  Begin and end with the joy of prayer – the marrow of consecrated life.

GO FORTH!  Each of us has a role to play in the Church. Witness and sow well each day, and look to tomorrow with hope.

GO FORTH! Grow in love for God so that others will be attracted by the divine light in you.  Welcome the new vocations the Lord sends to continue the work of consecration.

We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of God and first disciple of her son, Jesus, our Lord.  AMEN.                                                                        – Pope Francis

Enjoy watching the NRVC Video, 
‘Why We Love Our Vocation’

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