The World Day of Prayer for Vocations or Vocations Sunday as it is more commonly known will be celebrated on Sunday 21 April 2013. The theme chosen for this year is: Vocations as a sign of hope founded in faith. This is the 50th World Day Day of Prayer for Vocations, occuring during the Year of Faith, which is marking the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. While the Council was sitting, Pope Paul VI instituted this worldwide day of prayer to God, asking him to continue to send workers for his Church (cf. Mt 9:38).The bishops of Ireland ask?us to join them in praying?for vocations to priesthood and religious life and to reflect on this year?s message for Vocations Sunday.