World Day of Prayer for Women’s Ordination
Women of Vision and Courage
March 25, 2012
(1) One: Come, Holy Spirit, breath divine
All: Open us for your presence
(1) One: Refresh and give life to
what is exhausted and tired
All: Drive away fear out of our
(1) One: Come, Holy Spirit, Wind
All: Wake up our longing, create
new beginning among us
(2) One: God, our mother and
father, creator of women in your own image, loving foundation and heart of all
beings, we are gathered here before you.
Let us pray for all women around the world so that they may be blessed
The strength to persevere,
The courage to speak out,
The vision to seek a renewed
The faith to believe in you beyond
All systems and institutions,
so that your face on earth may be seen in all its beauty.[i]
We call on the holy and
courageous women who went before us, to intercede for us so that we might be
given the grace and vision to follow in their footsteps as we work together in
solidarity for the ordination of women as priests, deacons, and bishops into an
inclusive and accountable Catholic Church.
One (in turns):
Saint Esther, who pleaded against power for the liberation of the people, Pray
Saint Deborah, lawwoman and
judge, who led the people of God, Pray for us.
Saint Mary Magdalene, minister of
Jesus, apostle to the Apostles, Pray for us.
Saint Clara of Assisi, who
confronted the pope with the image of woman as equal, Pray for us.
Saint Julian of Norwich, who
proclaimed for all of us, the motherhood of God, Pray for us.
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, who
felt God’s call to become priest, prophet, and king, Pray for us.
Saint Catherine of Siena, to whom
the pope listened, Pray for us.
Saint Teresa of Avila, who
brought women’s gifts to the reform of the church, Pray for us.
Saint Edith Stein, who brought
fearlessness to faith, Pray for us.
Saint Dorothy Day, who led the
church to a new sense of justice, Pray for us.
Saint Rosa Venerini, whose entire
educational mission was to announce the love of God, Pray for us.
Saint Theodore Guérin, who
abandoned herself to the will of God in generous service to others, Pray for
Saint Hildegard of Bingen, who
sought creativity to express her visions of women’s leadership in our Church,
Pray for us.
Mary, mother of Jesus, who heard
the call of God and answered, Mary, mother of Jesus, who drew strength from the
woman Elizabeth, Mary, mother of Jesus, filled with God’s Spirit, Pray for us. Amen.[ii]
Today to especially honor those
women whose gifts are best suited to serve your Church as ordained deacons and
priests we gather with our sisters and brothers from around the world, seeking
justice and an end to discrimination.
Loving God, empower these women
with courage as they answer your call and strengthen them for humble service,
great compassion, and insightful wisdom. Support them through their ministries
and enlighten the leadership of your Church to practice the equality that Jesus
modeled to embrace all women and men whom you have gifted for sacramental
Strengthen your Holy Spirit
within those you have chosen for ordained ministry. May they answer your call
and follow you with generous hearts, knowing they are supported in the arms and
hearts of those who believe in the justice of your work. May they find hope in
the prophetic work of those who speak from conscience.
(All: Feel free to speak your
We ask this in the name of Jesus,
who called Mary Magdalene and Phoebe - as well as Peter and Paul - to be
ministers in the early Christian communities.
May the fire of God’s love warm our hearts.
May the courageous and visionary women whose shoulders we stand, on continue to
inspire us in our work.
May God grant our prayers for justice and equality in our church and world. May the love of Christ fill us and radiate
through us forever. Amen.[iii]
One (7): Let us go in the peace
of Christ. Let our service for justice
and equality continue.
All: Thanks be to God.
[i] Source: Adapted from the Women’s Ordination
Worldwide opening prayer July 2011, Irmgard Kampmann, Germany.
[iii] Source: Adapted from Living Gospel Equality Now, Liturgy to Celebrate Justice, Partnership and
Equality for Women in Church and Society. Bridget Mary Meehan, ARWCP, Association
of Roman Catholic Womenpriests.