Sunday 17A. Feast St Joachim and Ann Grandparents Day

Jul 26, 2020

July 26.    

 A GRANDPARENTS PRAYER.   Heavenly Father, I give you praise and thanks for the great gift of life you have given me.  With wonder and awe I acknowledge that through my life you granted life to my children and they in turn have become the parents of my grandchildren.   The world in which they live is different from my world and sometimes we do not understand each other.   We need your gifts of acceptance and forgiveness so that we can be at peace.   We need your gifts of love and joy so that together we may live out your plan for our family and all the families of the world.   We ask you to grant us these gifts in Jesus’ name.   Amen

GRANDCHILDREN AND COMMUNITY PRAYER. Lord, today we bring to you in prayer our grandparents. They may be here with us now, or may already have died and are now at peace. As parents, they gave life and cared for our own parents. We thank you for them and for that gift. We thank you too for the memories they created and that they have shared with us. They were born into a world different to ours. As times have changed they may have struggled to keep up and sometimes lost touch. Forgive us for the times we have been impatient with them and help us to be generous with our love and care for them in their old age. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Fr Joseph thoughts of his own grandparents who had brought him up. He wanted to honour all grandparents in a special way. It was awkward to do anything in the parish as older persons, and many of them members of the St Anne’s Sodality, were still advised to stay at home because of Covid-19. But we can all pray for one another. He had enlisted the youth to befriend the grandparents. He explained to them, “Very little is known about Joachim and Ann but tradition honours them as the parents of Mary and the grandparents of Jesus and so they played a role in God’s plan of salvation. Grandparents are often quietly in the background offering their support and especially praying for their grandchildren. You can show them appreciation for their ongoing commitment by making this Grandparents’ Day on 26th July a special way to say “Thanks, we love you.”

Joachim and Anna

Let us praise famous people, and our fathers and mothers in their generation.  These were people of mercy whose righteous deeds have not been forgotten. Sirach 44:1. Pope Francis:  The words, affection of the presence of grandparents help children to realise that history did not begin with them, that they are now part of an age-old pilgrimage and that they need to respect all that came before them. AL 192.  


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