Happy Father's Day!
St. Joseph holding the Baby Jesus
FATHER'S DAY PRAYER
Father, it is Your Commandment that we should honor our fathers;
hear the prayers we offer You for them.
Grant them many years on earth and keep them in health of mind and body.
Bless their word and all they do.
Give them back a hundred-fold whatever they have done for us.
Inspire them with Your love and help them to fulfill Your holy law.
One day, may we be their comfort and support,
so that having enjoyed their affection on earth
we may have the joy of being with them forever in Your home in Heaven.
Through Christ our Lord.
PRAYER OF POPE JOHN XXIII
Saint Joseph, guardian of Jesus
and chaste husband of Mary,
you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty.
You supported the holy family of Nazareth
with the work of your hands.
Kindly protect those who trustingly come to you.
You know their aspirations,
their hardships, their hopes.
They look to you because they know
you will understand and protect them.
You too knew trial,
labour and weariness.
But amid the worries of material life,
your soul was full of deep peace
and sang out in true joy
through intimacy with God's Son entrusted to you
and with Mary, his tender Mother.
Assure those you protect that they do not labour alone.
Teach them to find Jesus near them
and to watch over Him faithfully as you have done.
A PRAYER FOR FATHERS
Most gracious Heavenly Father,
We thank you for our earthly fathers,
those to whom you have entrusted the responsibility
to provide loving protection of their families
and guidance of their children.
We thank you, also,
for our priests and bishops,
whose spiritual fatherhood is so vital to the faith of your people.
May our earthly fathers imitate the manly courage of Abraham,
Jesse and Joseph,
and all the holy fathers of the past
in providing wise counsel to the children
you have given to their care.
And may our spiritual fathers be guided
by the examples of Saints Peter and Paul,
all the Apostles and their saintly successors.
Give them valiant faith in the face of confusion and conflict,
hope in time of trouble and sorrow,
and steadfast love for you,
for their families,
and for all your people throughout the world.
Assist all fathers of families,
all spiritual fathers,
and all Christian men,
that through your Grace they may steadily grow in holiness
and in knowledge and understanding of your Truth.
May they generously impart this knowledge to those who rely on them.
As you, our Heavenly Father, so loved the world,
sending your only Son to be our Savior and Redeemer,
we ask you to help all men to imitate His fatherly gentleness
and mercy toward those who are weak;
His humility, perfect obedience to your Will,
and fearless witness to your Truth.
May their lives be examples to all of heroic faithfulness to you.
We ask your blessing on all those to whom
you have entrusted fatherhood.
May your Holy Spirit constantly inspire them with justice and mercy,
wisdom and strength,
fidelity and self-giving love.
May they receive your Grace abundantly in this earthly life,
and may they look forward to eternal joy
in your presence in the life to come.
We ask this through Jesus Christ,
your Son and Our Lord.