Jun 3, 2018

Prayer for the Fathers in Our Lives

Here’s a prayer of intercession for Father’s Day. It was posted on the Jesuit Resource page of the Xavier University website.

Prayer for Fathers on Father’s Day

We give our thanks, Creator God,
for the fathers in our lives.

Fatherhood does not come with a manual,
and reality teaches us that some fathers excel while others fail.
We ask for Your blessings for them all
and forgiveness where it is needed.

This Father's Day we remember the many sacrifices
fathers make for their children and families,
and the ways--both big and small—
they lift children to achieve dreams thought beyond reach.

So too, we remember all those who have helped fill the void
when fathers pass early or are absent;
grandfathers and uncles,
brothers and cousins,
teachers, pastors and coaches
and the women of our families.

For those who are fathers,
we ask for wisdom and humility in the face of the task of parenting.
Give them the strength to do well by their children and by You.
In Your Holy name, O God, we pray. Amen.