Prayers for Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!  We thank God for all of you today, and pray that He strengthen and bless you.  May you live your lives in imitation of Our Heavenly Father, helped by the mighty intercession of St. Joseph.

God-the-Father-BlessingFor this cause I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom all paternity in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened by his Spirit with might unto the inward man, that Christ may dwell by faith in your hearts; that being rooted and founded in charity, you may be able to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth, and length, and height, and depth:  To know also the charity of Christ, which surpasseth all knowledge, that you may be filled unto all the fulness of God.

Now to him who is able to do all things more abundantly than we desire or understand, according to the power that worketh in us; To him be glory in the church, and in Christ Jesus unto all generations, world without end. Amen. (Eph 3:14-21)

Below are a few prayers for this day – one for us to pray for our fathers, and two for fathers to pray.  There is also a prayer for those of us who didn’t have a father in our lives, or perhaps we had one who didn’t take up his role as protector and provider of our families.  We can cast ourselves into the loving arms of God the Father, Who is truly the Father of us all, and Whose love and care for us is everlasting.

Prayer for Fathers

St. 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, labor 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 labor alone. Teach them to find Jesus near them and to watch over him faithfully as you have done. Pope John XXIII

A Father’s Blessing

Father,
I thank you for the gift of my family
for whom I now pray
and upon whom I now ask you
to shower your blessings.
With St. Joseph as my guide,
may I always be ready
to spend my life for them.Bless my wife whom you have given to me as my spouse,
sharing in your wondrous work of creation.
May I see her as my equal
and treat her with the love of Christ for his Church.
May Mary be her guide
and help her to find your peace and your grace.Bless my children with your life and presence.
May the example of your son
be the foundation upon which
their lives are built,
that the Gospel may always
be their hope and support.I ask you, Father, to protect and bless my family.
Watch over it so that in the strength of your love
its members may enjoy prosperity,
possess the gift of your peace and,
as the Church alive in this home,
always bear witness to your glory in the world.
Amen.
O gracious Father, Maker and Preserver of heaven and earth, who in the beginning didst institute matrimony, thereby foreshadowing the mystical union of the Church with our Savior Christ, who, during His ministry upon earth, did honor marriage with His first miracle: help me, I pray Thee, by Thy grace to live in holiness and purity with the wife whom Thou hast given me. Mortify in me all violence of earthly passion, all selfishness and inconsiderateness (here name any besetting sin which may be a hindrance to you), that I may love her as Christ loved His Church, cherish and comfort her as my own body, and have as great care for her happiness as for my own. Grant that we may live in peace, without contention; in unity, without discord. [Give us, O Lord, discreet heart and understanding minds, to bring up our childrenin Thy faith and fear, that they may be obedient to Thee and to Thy commandments, and to all that Thou requirest of them in their duties towards their parents.] And give us, O Lord, a sufficiency of those things necessary to maintain ourselves and our family according to that rank and calling wherein Thou hast placed us, without excess or vainglory, in singleness and pureness of heart. Grant this for Jesus Christ’s sake, to Whom, with Thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Prayer to God the Father

Almighty God, my Eternal Father,
from the fullness of my soul I adore You.
I am deeply grateful that You have made me
in Your image and likeness,
and that You ever hold me in Your loving embrace.
Direct me to love You with all my heart,
with all my soul,
and with my whole mind.
Direct me to love all Your children as I love myself.
O, my Father, my soul longs to be united to You,
and to rest in You forever.
Have the Holy Spirit touch my soul
so that I may love You as He does,
and as Your Beloved Son Jesus does.
Amen.

St. Joseph the Faithful

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Today we celebrate the feast day of the good and great Saint Joseph.

In a society that has such need of true father figures, Saint Joseph stands before us, strong, silent, unassuming, humble. He is a gentle protector of the most vulnerable and powerless, a man of honor, true to his word, faithful to the Word made flesh, his foster Son Jesus.

There are many films out about super heroes who come to the rescue, but Saint Joseph is the real thing! Powerful in his humility and faithfulness, he truly watches and waits to assist and help us by his intercession. Saint Teresa of Avila could not have said it better:

 “Would that I could persuade all men to be devoted to this [St. Joseph], for I know by long experience what blessings he can obtain for us from God.  I have never known anyone who was truly devoted to him and honored him by particular services who did not advance greatly in virtue: for he helps in a special way those souls who commend themselves to him. It is now very many years since I began asking him for something on his feast, and I have always received it. If the petition was in any way amiss, he rectified it for my greater good . . . I ask for the love of God that he who does not believe me will make the trial for himself-then he will find out by experience the great good that results from commending oneself to this glorious Patriarch and in being devoted to him . . .” Autobiography, VI, 11-12

Let us turn this day to Saint Joseph and ask his prayers for us. For if God himself chose him to protect and keep the two persons nearest to His heart, then surely we can entrust our petitions and needs to this great saint!

Prayer of Confidence in Saint Joseph 

With childlike confidence I present myself before thee, O holy Joseph, faithful foster-father of Jesus! I beg thy compassionate intercession and support in this, my present necessity: [name your petition]

I firmly believe that thou art most powerful near the throne of God, Who chose thee for the foster-father of His well-beloved Son, Jesus Christ. O blessed Saint, who saved that Treasure of Heaven, with His virginal Mother, from the fury of His enemies, who with untiring industry supplied His earthly wants and with paternal care accompanied and protected Him in all the journeys of His childhood, take me also, for the love of Jesus, as thy child.

Assist me in my present difficulty, with thy prayers before God, One word from thee will move Him by thy powerful intercession.

Good St. Joseph, I pray thee by the burning love thou hadst for Jesus and Mary upon earth, console me in my distress and present my petition, through Jesus and Mary, before the Throne of God!

Prayer of Saint Joseph 

Blessed Joseph, husband of Mary, be with us this day. You protected and cherished the Virgin; loving the Child Jesus as your son, you rescued Him from danger of death. Defend the Church, the household of God, purchased by the blood of Christ.

O Saint Joseph, foster-father of our Lord Jesus Christ and true spouse of Mary the Virgin, pray for us.

A Prayer to St. Joseph

One quick post on this last day of October, the month dedicated to the Holy Rosary.  We came across this prayer by “accident” which, of course, was completely Divine Providence.

Pope Leo XIII wanted this prayer to St. Joseph to be added to the recitation of the Rosary during the month of October.  Though that was in 1889, there’s no reason we can’t also add it to our Rosaries today.  In these times, when the priests and bishops of the Church are under such attack by satan, why not offer this prayer to St. Joseph (the Protector of the Universal Church) for their protection, courage and growth in personal holiness.   As St. Joseph was chosen by God the Father to guard and protect the Word made flesh, may priests and bishops always be guardians of God’s Word, and of Jesus in the Eucharist, where He is just as vulnerable and defenseless today as He was in His Infancy.

To thee, O blessed Joseph, do we have recourse in our tribulation, and having implored the help of thy thrice-holy Spouse, we confidently invoke thy patronage also. By that charity wherewith thou wast united to the immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that fatherly affection with which thou didst embrace the Child Jesus, we beseech thee and we humbly pray, that thou wouldst look graciously upon the inheritance which Jesus Christ hath purchased by His Blood, and assist us in our needs by thy power and strength.

Most watchful Guardian of the Holy Family, protect the chosen people of Jesus Christ; keep far from us, most loving father, all blight of error and corruption; mercifully assist us from heaven, most mighty defender, in this our conflict with the powers of darkness; and, even as of old thou didst rescue the Child Jesus from the supreme peril of His life, so now defend God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; keep us one and all under thy continual protection, that we may be supported by thine example and thine assistance, may be enabled to lead a holy life, die a happy death, and come at last to the possession of everlasting blessedness in heaven. Amen.

And since it is All Hallow’s Eve, if you’re looking for a post about that, Taylor Marshall has a couple good ones here and here.

Saint Joseph, our model

Today is the wonderful Solemnity of St. Joseph.  Joseph, that man chosen by God, to protect those things dearest to His heart:  Our Lady, Jesus, and His Church. No small task!

As our Holy Father spoke today of St. Joseph he especially points out some of the most important attributes of this great saint, and how we can emulate him.  As Joseph was faithful to God’s will, we look to his example to see how we can be faithful, and fulfill, by God’s grace, His will for us.

Pope Francis says this:

How does Joseph respond to his calling to be the protector of Mary, Jesus and the Church? By being constantly attentive to God, open to the signs of God’s presence and receptive to God’s plans, and not simply to his own…“protector” because he is able to hear God’s voice and be guided by his will; and for this reason he is all the more sensitive to the persons entrusted to his safekeeping. He can look at things realistically, he is in touch with his surroundings, he can make truly wise decisions. In him, dear friends, we learn how to respond to God’s call, readily and willingly, but we also see the core of the Christian vocation, which is Christ! Let us protect Christ in our lives, so that we can protect others, so that we can protect creation!

As Christians we are all, like Joseph, called to be protectors. We must protect the vulnerabilities of those not only weaker than ourselves, but all, even those whom we find difficult to love.

In today’s dog-eat-dog culture, which views people in a utilitarian light, where love is defined by “what I’m getting” rather than by what one is giving, strength and power are seen as tools to raise oneself up at the expense of others.  Pope Francis wants us to turn our eyes to St. Joseph, an authentic model of strength, the strength that is made perfect in weakness (2 Cor 12:9), the strength that makes us willing to expose ourselves, become vulnerable, in order to protect others.  This is the strength that makes us like Joseph, and ultimately, makes us like the Son he was chosen to shelter and protect.