BLESSING AND PRAYER FOR GRANDPARENTS (at a special Mass or service)

Grandchildren’s 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.

Grandparents’ prayer.
Heavenly Father, I give you praise and thanks for the great gift of life you have given to me. With wonder and awe I acknowledge that through my life you granted life to my children and they in turn became 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 your plan for our family and all the families of the world. We ask you to grant us these gifts in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Blessing: We pray for God’s blessing on the grandparents of our families and community.
Bless with eternal rest those grandparents who have died.
Bless all grandparents with peace and contentment and an acceptance that their lives were well spent in your service.
We ask St Joachim and St Anne, the grandparents of Jesus, to pray with us.
We bless all grandparents in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

July 26th.  St Joachim and Ann. “Today is our day, as grandparents. Let’s think about it, who we are and what we do.” “I wonder what it would have been like for the grandparents of Jesus in those days. There is nothing in the Bible but the Orthodox Church has a tradition about them. I can imagine that maybe they lived in the same village and Jesus and the rest of the family would visit them often. Maybe they were there to support Mary in the difficult times that lay before her.” “Creating such scripture imaginative meditations is a good thing as it helps us to understand and see our own role with different eyes.”

Let us praise famous men and our fathers in their generation.   These were men of mercy whose righteous deeds have not been forgotten; their prosperity will remain with their descendants and their inheritance with their children’s children. Sirach 44: 1, 10-15.  Pope Francis: When a family is welcoming and reaches out to others, especially the poor and the neglected, it is a symbol, witness and participant in the Church’s motherhood. This social love is a reflection of the Trinity. AL 324

July 28th. Sunday 17C    Fr Joseph said, “Today we are celebrating with our grandparents. When Pope Francis gave us his letter about the family he also wrote about the elderly and their families. They should be cared for and not be seen as a burden, even though they may be become difficult or possibly ill.  Many grandparents live alone, some live with their children as was normal in previous times and others in institutions.  They all need to be remembered and visited not like all those old people who died of neglect in that terrible Life Esidemini case a while ago.  So let us remember those who have passed on and to those who are here let us all, especially the grandchildren, express our gratitude and love.

Read and reflect on Luke’s version of the Our Father.  Jesus said to them, “When you pray say, Our Father………..    From  Luke 11:1-13   Pope Francis:   Care and concern for the final stages of life is all the more necessary today when society attempts to remove every trace of death and dying.  AL48. I would like a church that challenges the throw-away culture by the overflowing joy of a new embrace between young and old. AL192

July 29th.  It distressed the elder Mosimanes greatly that their grown-up children and grandchildren seemed to be living in a different world.  One of the daughters did attend the Catholic church but the men were not interested in religion.  “Money and success are their gods.”  Grace said to her sister. “You should see the cars they drive and I suspect Vusi has a little girlfriend somewhere.  I hope and pray every day that none of them is involved in corruption at work too.”  “We oldies really are the prayer warriors around here in a big way aren’t we?”

As soon as Moses came near the camp and saw the calf and the dancing his anger burnt hot and he threw the tables out of his hands and broke them. And he took the calf which they had made and burnt it with fire and ground it to power and scattered it upon the water and made the sons of Israel drink it” Read Exodus 32:15-34. Pope Francis: The worship of the ancient golden calf has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose. EG55

July 30th.  Mrs Paulson shared, “I don’t really like this image of God that we read about in the Old Testament sometimes. It is really scary but it should discourage us from doing evil things.”   Her friend added, “You’re right but look at the reality. We have known about the risk of HIV infection for years.  We know how it happens and that the only real answer is abstinence and faithfulness.  We have to face it that when our son George became ill with AIDS he had already infected his wife and we ended up looking after their orphaned children. I was shocked and sad when on top of that we ended up with a pregnant teenager. I try but forgiveness is really not easy.”

The Lord proclaimed,  “The Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding mercy and faithfulness, keeping merciful love for thousands, forgiving iniquity but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children.  From Exodus 34:5-9.  Pope Francis:  Pardoning offences becomes the clearest expression of merciful love and for us Christians it is an imperative from which we cannot excuse ourselves.At times how hard it seems to forgive! FM9 AL21. 

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