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Official prayer for Sunday’s celebration of grandparents and elderly

Kathleen N. Hattrup - published on 07/23/21

Pray with Pope Francis, grandparents, and the world's oldest bishop!

A video with the official prayer for the 1st World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly this weekend features Pope Francis, grandparents from around the world, and the oldest living bishop, 101-year-old Bishop Laurent Noël, the retired bishop of Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada.

PRAYER FOR THE FIRST WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY

I thank You, Lord,
for the comfort of Your presence:
even in times of loneliness,
You are my hope and my confidence,
You have been my rock and my fortress since my youth!

I thank You for having given me a family
and for having blessed me with a long life.
I thank You for moments of joy and difficulty,
for the dreams that have already come true in my life and for those that are still ahead of me.
I thank You for this time of renewed fruitfulness to which You call me.

Increase, O Lord, my faith,
make me a channel of your peace,
teach me to embrace those who suffer more than me,
to never stop dreaming
and to tell of your wonders to new generations.

Protect and guide Pope Francis and the Church,
that the light of the Gospel might reach the ends of the earth.
Send Your Spirit, O Lord, to renew the world,
that the storm of the pandemic might be calmed,
the poor consoled and wars ended.

Sustain me in weakness
and help me to live life to the full
in each moment that You give me,
in the certainty that you are with me every day,
even until the end of the age.
Amen.

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