These prayers, from the Diocesan Vocations Service, are offered to all who are sick, housebound or lonely, that they may offer up their suffering to the Cross, in prayer for an increase in vocations. Prayers of Suffering My Lord Jesus, you bore so many wounds for the sins of the world. You gave yourself up to be tortured, scorned and crucified on the Cross. Today I give you my pain, my loneliness, illness and heartache. If it please You, take it as a small gift to be lost in the tide of your holy blood, for the sake of all souls in purgatory and for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. Have mercy on Your humble servant, Lord, as I commend my spirit into your hands. Amen. For union With Jesus Let not my abandonment, and my sorrow, and my bereavement go to waste. Gather up the fragments, and as the drop of water is absorbed by the wine in the offertory of the Mass, let my life he absorbed in You; let my little cross he entwined with your great cross, so that I may purchase the joys of everlasting happiness in union with You. Amen.