The Catholic Defender: Prayer for Catholic Deacons
“Deacon” comes from the Greek word diakonos, meaning “servant.” Strengthened by sacramental grace, in union with the bishop and his priests, deacons are called to serve the people of God in the three-fold ministry of liturgy, word, and charity.
Lord Jesus Christ, Servant of all, Send your Spirit upon [our deacons and their wives] as [they] serve your Church. Give [them] eyes to see the needs of your people. Give [them] a discerning mind to know your truth.
I just want to give you a quick word of encouragement as you serve the Lord in this vital ministry. I know you are all very busy. You have families, careers, responsibilities in and outside the church, and a host of other pressures. It means a lot to me that you are willing to serve the Lord in this capacity.
That it may please thee to bless these thy servants, now to be admitted to the Order of Deacons, [or Priests,] and to pour thy grace upon them; that they may duly execute their office, to the edifying of thy Church, and the glory of thy holy Name, We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
Heavenly Father, we come before you today with gratitude for our elders and deacons who faithfully serve your church. We ask for your abundant blessings upon them. Grant them wisdom, Lord, to discern your will and make sound decisions that align with your Word.
The biblical role of deacons is to take care of the physical and logistical needs of the church so that the elders can concentrate on their primary calling.
Touch me, O Lord, and fill me with your light and your hope. Amen. Dear God, please give me strength when I am weak, love when I feel forsaken, courage when I am afraid, wisdom when I feel foolish, comfort when I am alone, hope when I feel rejected, and peace when I am in turmoil.
The deacon proclaims the Gospel. He is an agent of evangelization, that is, of announcing the Good News of Jesus Christ in society.
A Deacon's Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ, Servant of all,
Send your Spirit upon me as I serve your Church.
Give me eyes to see the needs of your people.
Give me a discerning mind to know your truth.
Give me a generous spirit when I am tired but needed.
Give me a humble heart when my work goes unnoticed.
Give me peace of mind in obedience and service.
Give me health of body so I may serve with strength.
Make me fertile ground for your inspiration and love.
Comfort me when I question myself and my ministry.
Grant me grace as I age so I may share your wisdom.
Make my heart like yours so I may love your people.