PRAYER OF BLESSING FOR FATHERS

By Jom Baring, CSsR

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OUR MOST LOVING FATHER IN HEAVEN,

WE THANK YOU FOR THE GIFT OF OUR EARTHLY FATHERS,

GRANDFATHERS AND THOSE WHO BECAME FATHERS TO US IN MANY WAYS.

WE ASK YOU TO BLESS + THE FATHERS IN EVERY HOME

AND IN EVERY COMMUNITY.

THROUGH YOUR WISDOM,

GRANT TO THEM THE GIFT OF UNDERSTANDING

THAT THEY TOO MAY BECOME COMPASSIONATE TO THEIR CHILDREN.

THROUGH YOUR LOVE,

GRANT TO THEM THE GIFT OF A GENTLE HEART

AND LET THEM ALWAYS BECOME CONFIDENT

THAT THEY ARE LOVED BY YOU

AND BY THOSE PEOPLE AROUND THEM.

THROUGH YOUR MIGHT OH LORD,

GRANT TO THEM THE STRENGTH THEY NEED

AS THEY WORK AND SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES.

AFFIRM THEM TOO OF THEIR VALUE

AND THAT THEY MAY BE CHERISHED BY THEIR LOVED ONES.

THROUGH YOUR CARE,

GRANT ALSO THE GIFT OF HEALING

TO THOSE FATHERS WHO ARE ILL, WHO ARE IN PAIN,

TROUBLED AND DEPRESSED

BECAUSE OF THE HARDSHIPS THEY FACE.

AND FOR THOSE FATHERS

WHO ARE NOW GONE FROM THIS EARTH,

RECEIVE THEM ALL IN HEAVEN

THAT THEY TOO MAY EXPERIENCE THE JOY OF YOUR PRESENCE

WHERE THEY ARE SECURED

IN LOVE AND ETERNAL HAPPINESS.

GRANT THIS THROUGH CHRIST OUR LORD. AMEN.

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