A Blessing for Fathers…
We bless you and we praise you, God of our Fathers, You are the God of Adam, father of the human family. You are the God of Abraham, our Father in faith, who was ready and willing to give up everything to be faithful to you. You are the God of Isaac, who was born of laughter and old age, and the God of Jacob, whose clever trick gained an inheritance for twelve tribes of sons and daughters, You are the God of Jesse, from whose loins a nation sprang, a sturdy family tree of monarchs, prophets, and priests. You are the God and Father of Israel, your child whom you love with all heart.
You are the God of Zechariah, who fathered St. John the Baptist and taught him the Torah, and of Joachim, the grandfather of Jesus. You are the God of Joseph, who loved and raised Jesus as his own. You are the God and Father of Jesus, and our Father in heaven, too: Holy is your name!
We thank you, God, for the gift of our fathers, for grandfathers, and godfathers and fathers-in-law, too. Send your Holy Spirit upon our fathers, in whose laps we were cradled, on whose knees we were bounced, by whose hands we were fed, instructed, and at times, corrected, in whose company we learned to work and play and pray, at whose side we hear your word and celebrate your mysteries.
Heal their pains and disappointments. Forgive all that needs to be forgiven. Give them the good that they have given others. Welcome into your arms those who have died.
Fill this world, O God, with a father’s love!
We ask this through your son Jesus Christ who taught us to pray to you as He lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, who is Father of the poor, one God forever and ever. Amen.