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Prayer for Grandparents and the Elderly

Let's take the time to offer a prayer to our grandparents and the elderly we look up to. 

Most Filipinos are close to their lolos and lolas. Some of us may not be that expressive to our grandparents, but one thing is for sure—we all have a soft spot, utmost respect, and unconditional love for them. (Read: Pope to Grant Plenary Indulgences on World Day of Grandparents, Elderly)

This is why we always want our grandparents and the elderly to be healthy, safe, and happy in any situation and wherever they go. When they feel down or sick, we take care of them and seek God’s healing and protection. If there is one thing we will wish for them for the rest of our lives, it is good health at all times. 

In honor of our grandparents, Pope Francis announced the establishment of a World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly. It will be held every year on the fourth Sunday of July. With that, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has released a prayer for World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. (Read: CBCP To Host 3-Day Conference For World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly)

Prayer for Grandparents and the Elderly

God our loving Father,

you are the source of life and of all gifts.

You lovingly sustain us at every moment of our lives

and you bring us to fullness of life

in Jesus your Son and our Brother.

We thank you for the wonderful gift of our grandparents and the elderly.

You have given them to us to be our guide

as they share with us the wealth of their experiences

and the wisdom that they have gained through the years.

We thank you for making them witnesses to us

of your abiding presence and care at every turn and change of life.

We pray that you bless all of them with joy and peace,

with satisfaction at the fruits of their labor, and with the faithful love of their family.

Strengthen their trust in your healing mercy

in the face of the mistakes and sins of the past.

Grant them the joy of companionship

of their loved ones and friends.

Protect them from all harm and evil

that can obscure their vision of eternal peace and joy in your Kingdom.

Give them the patience and courage

to bear the cross of sickness and weakness of the body.

Help them see their sufferings and discomfort

as their sharing in the Paschal Mystery of Christ.

Grant us all, their family and friends,

the grace of firm conviction and faith

in the value and dignity of every human person

created in your image

and redeemed by the sacrifice of Your Son on the Cross.

May this help us to continue to support, respect, and love them.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God, forever and ever. Amen. 

Prayer from CBCP.

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