Prayers Related to Families – A spiritual Reflection
I have received a number of specific requests about prayer. Last week we looked at “Prayers Offered for Anxious Moments.” This week we offer “Prayers Related to Families.” Other intentions and categories will be offered next week.
Prayers Related to Families:
A Prayer For A Family
God, you made us a family. We need one another. Help us to love one another and to forgive one another. Help us to work together, to play together, to worship together. Together help us to use God’s Word, to love all people, to serve our God, to serve others. Together help us to hope for heaven. These are our hopes and ideals, help us to attain them O God, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen
A Prayer For All Families
God and Father of us all, in Jesus, your Son and our Savior you have made us your sons and daughters in the family of the Church. May your grace and love help our families in every part of the world be united to one another in fidelity to the Gospel.
May the example of the Holy Family, with the aid of your Holy Spirit, guide all families, especially those most troubled, to be homes of communion and prayer and to always seek your truth and live in your love, through Christ our Lord. Amen. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us! (Philadelphia 2015 – Official Prayer, The World Meeting of Families)
Parent’s Prayer for Their Children
Lord God! Thou hast called us to the holy state of matrimony and hast been pleased to make us parents. We recommend to Thee our dear children. We entrust them to Thy fatherly care. May they be a source of consolation, not only to us, but chiefly to Thee, Who are their Creator. Be watchful, O Lord; help and defend them.
Grant us the grace to guide them in the way of Thy commandments. This we will do by our own perfect observance of Thy holy law and that of our holy Mother, the Church. Make us conscious of our grave obligation to You and bless our efforts to serve You. We humbly ask this blessing from the bottom of our hearts, for ourselves and for the children whom Thou hast been pleased to give us.
We dedicate them to Thee, O Lord. Do Thou keep them as the apple of Thy eye and protect them under the shadow of Thy wings. Make us worthy to come, at last, to heaven, together with them, giving thanks unto Thee, Our Father, for the loving care Thou hast had of our entire family, and praising Thee together through endless ages. Amen. (Prayer Source: Catholic Family Handbook, The prayer by Rev. George A. Kelly, Random House, Inc., New York, 1959)
Prayer for Deceased Son or Daughter
O God, You gave us a son/daughter, and in Your wisdom and love have called him/her home to You before us. Please listen to our humble prayer: pardon his/her sins and faults, and grant that we may be reunited safely in Your Presence. Through Your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, we beg this of You. Amen
Prayer For Students
Lord, our God, in your wisdom and love You surround us with the mysteries of the universe. Send your spirit upon our students and fill them with Your wisdom and blessings. Grant that they may devote themselves to their studies and draw ever closer to You, the source of all knowledge. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer For Deceased Parents
It was You, O God, Who commanded us to honor our father and mother. In Your kindness have mercy on the souls of our parents, and forgive them their sins. Grant that we may see them again in the brightness of Your everlasting glory. We ask this through Your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.