Almighty Father, I believe in you, hope in you and love you with all my soul, with all my heart, with all my mind and with all my body. Before you formed me in my mother’s womb, you knew me and before I was born you consecrated me (Jer 1:4). You chose me and called me to you serve you by shepherding you people. You nurtured my vocation in my own family. I thank you for your providence which I have experienced in the loving care of my parents and dear ones. You equipped me through the formation imparted to me by your dedicated servants.

I thank you for the gift of anointing imparted to me by the laying on of hands by the bishop. I am grateful to you for your companionship and constant accompaniment. I offer all my abilities and talents in your service. Grant that I may be faithful to you in my dedication until my last breath. Make me holy, zealous and creative in my ministry.

I thank you for your people entrusted to my care. Fill me with your generosity to love them as you do. Shower the gifts and fruits and your Holy Spirit on me so that my ministry may be effective and fruitful. Put your Word into my mouth so that I may faithfully announce your good news.

Help me to hear the cry of your people which you hear today, so that I may respond adequately to everyone in need. The harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few. Therefore, help me to work hard in your service and to leave no stone unturned in comforting the suffering in the society. Fill me with your compassion towards the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the sick, the strangers and the prisoners.

Help me keep watch over myself and over all the flock, of which the Holy Spirit has made me an overseer, to shepherd the church of God that Christ obtained with his own blood (Act 20:28).

Keep me united with the pope, my bishop, my brother priests, my collaborators and all who believe in you.

Grant that I may complete the race that I have begun and come to you to be in your gracious presence and relish the heavenly bliss forever and ever. Amen.

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