National Grandparents Day

On the second Sunday of September, September 13, many across the country will celebrate National Grandparents Day, an observance which began in 1978.* Please take time this day to pray for and to honor grandparents who pass on the faith to future generations. Listed below is a Prayer for Grandparents, written in 2008, by Pope Benedict XVI.


*Grandparents Day in the United States began in 1978 after a West Virginia housewife who was also a mother and grandmother, campaigned five years for a special day just for grandparents. The proclamation was signed by President Jimmy Carter. September was chosen for the holiday to signify the “autumn years of life”.

PRAYER FOR GRANDPARENTS

by Pope Benedict XVI

Lord Jesus,
you were born of the Virgin Mary, the daughter of Saints Joachim and Anne.

Look with love on grandparents the world over. Protect them! They are a source of enrichment for families, for the Church and for all of society. Support them! As they grow older, may they continue to be for their families strong pillars of Gospel faith, guardians of noble domestic ideals, living treasuries of sound religious traditions. Make them teachers of wisdom and courage, that they may pass on to future generations the fruits of their mature human and spiritual experience.

Lord Jesus,

help families and society to value the presence and roles of grandparents. May they never be ignored or excluded, but always encounter respect and love. Help them to live serenely and to feel welcomed in all the years of life which you give them. Mary, Mother of all the living, keep grandparents constantly in your care, accompany them on their earthly pilgrimage, and by your prayers, grant that all families may one day be reunited in our heavenly homeland, where you await all humanity for the great embrace of life without end.

Amen!

 

LA ORACIÓN PARA LOS ABUELOS

by Benedicto XVI

Señor Jesús,
tu naciste de la Virgen María, hija de San Joaquín y Santa Ana.

Mira con amor a los abuelos de todo el mundo. ¡Protégelos! son una fuente de enriquecimiento para las familias, para la Iglesia y para toda la sociedad. ¡Sostenlos! Que cuando envejezcan sigan siendo para sus familias pilares fuertes de la fe evangélica, custodios de los nobles ideales, hogareños, tesoros vivos de sólidas tradiciones religiosas haz que sean maestros de sabiduría y valentía que transmitan a generaciones futuras los frutos de su madura experiencia humana y espiritual.

Señor Jesús,
ayuda a las familias y a la sociedad a valorar la presencia y el papel de los
abuelos. Que jamás sean ignorados o excluidos, sino que encuentren respeto y amor. Ayúdales a vivir serenamente y a sentirse acogidos durante todos los años de vida que les concedas. María, Madre de todos los vivientes, cuida constantemente a todos los abuelos, acompáñalos durante su peregrinación terrena y con tus raciones obten que todas las familias se reúnan un día en nuestra patria celestial, dónde esperas a toda la humanidad para el gran abrazo de la vida sin fin.

Amén!