St. Paul Catholic Church, Douglas GA

The Elijah Cup

In 1 Kings 17, during a drought, Elijah (the prophet) tells the poor widow of Zarapeth that if she makes him a small loaf of bread with the last of her flour and oil, her "jar of flour will not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry, until the Lord sends rain upon the earth." In faith, the widow baked the bread and fed Elijah. For the next year, the widow, her son, and Elijah ate bread made from the bowl of flour and jug of oil.

The purpose of the Elijah Cup is to provide a focal point to pray for vocations. We are all aware of the need for vocations to the priesthood, the diaconate and to the religious life. But sometimes we forget just how powerful praying for an increase in vocations can be. If we pray with the faith of the widow of Zarapeth, our cup will never run dry! The Second Vatican Counsel instructs us that it is the job of the laity to pray for and raise up vocations, and this has been echoed by many Popes.

Praying for vocations is the most powerful way to support vocations. A vocation is a gift from God that is nurtured in prayer. When we pray for vocations, we lift up to our Father those men and women who he is calling in a very special way.

If you would like to be included in this vocation prayer program, please call the office and leave your name and number so we can place you on the next schedule.

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