The purpose of the Elijah Cup, a blessed chalice, is to provide a focal point for prayer, particularly for an increase in vocations to the priesthood. At the conclusion of each Sunday Mass, the celebrant calls a family, individual, or couple forward to receive the Elijah Cup. They receive a blessing and take the cup home, putting it in a place of honor. Each day for a week, during prayer time (morning, bedtime or at meals), they pray for an increase and perseverance of vocations. The following Sunday they return the Elijah Cup and pass it on to another family, individual or couple.
A prayer journal also travels with the Elijah Cup. Each week the family, individual, or couple that has the cup enters a thought, prayer, or scripture verse. Over time, this diary becomes a spiritual journal for the parish. Praying for vocations is the most powerful way to support vocations.
When we pray for vocations, we lift up to our Father those men and women who He is calling in a very special way. We hope that those who bring the cup home will continue to pray for vocations daily. If interested, please contact 904.786.1192